Category Archives: Retail News

Empowering retail collaborations, city investments in the retail core and the continued focus to shop small.

An empowering retail collaboration story this week about ‘Babes Supporting Babes’. Dan shares his thoughts on this positive movement aimed at boosting small business. Cities are starting to step up and invest in their business communities. We discussed a story about the City of Calgary making a significant investment in their downtown core. While Calgary […]

Retail customer batching, addressing old business models and the importance of owning the last mile

How do you go about finding your retail community? Interesting story and discussion about new pop up and rental opportunities. They say that dating before you get married is always a good idea and we discuss that…as it relates to retail. There were some interesting points brought up in a story about retailers needing to […]

Get your team better prepared for Omnichannel sales, summer store extensions and the challenge to reduce returns

How is your store doing as it relates to staffing preparedness and customer’s satisfaction in an omnichannel world? Dan shares some thoughts on this new and very important topic. While many food and beverage operators are taking advantage of them, are summer patio retail extensions something retailers should be doing to? A good discussion on […]

Important steps for your retail start up, partnerships and collaborations in the journey to earning retail profit.

Our first story talks about things that every retail entrepreneur should know before launching a business. In reality, it is a great list for any retail entrepreneur, no matter where you are at in your business journey. Great stories about partnership and collaboration. We chatted about a partnership between a department store and a boutique […]

Marketing to various mom segments, the right focus to build your team and customer loyalty

Some really interesting topics on this week’s podcast. We discussed the shopping habits of mothers across three distinct generational segments: TikTok Moms, Facebook Moms, and Mixtape Moms. Great little story about that. How about Amazon Eh?! A story about Hudsons Bay entering the digital selling game with an eye to dominate Canada. When it comes […]

Making your store the go to, relaunching a dormant brand, e-commerce trends, a comeback expansion

Is your store the go to?! Our first story this week talked about how businesses, to become the go to for their customers, must serve their customers needs better than anyone else in the market. We found this one really interesting, a young entrepreneur who re-launched a dormant boutique store that she had worked at […]

Ideas for your store to be digitally found as well as innovation and transparency towards retail success

How digitally ‘found’ is your store. Our first story discussed this week included making sure that your retail store is Hyperpublished among other activities you need to focus on. We enjoyed a story about a young entrepreneur and how she has started and discussed how there are so many ways to start in retail now. […]

Landlords stepping up, retail start ups, expected growth of e-commerce and the benefits of partnership marketing.

Right off the top, we dove into a story about endangered, humdrum and potentially deadly retail real estate and what they need to do to work with retailers going forward. Lots of Canadians are starting new businesses and it’s really interesting to see that retail was leading the way in a few provinces. A story […]

Positive 'looking ahead' headlines, the other side of the pandemic, taking the big chance and more

Some positive ‘looking ahead’ stories for independent retailers this week. A story about a former landscaper-turned-entrepreneur believes that once the pandemic subsides, a resurgence for retail is in the works and he wants to participate in that growth. What awaits retail on the other side of the pandemic? We had a great discussion about that. […]

Inspiring your community, building a cult following and 4 shopping personas when it comes to pick ups.

A great honour for a great retailer! Dan chats about ‘The Duke of Danforth!’ The story really makes you think. When it comes to your store and your community, what are you the Duke or Duchess of? The next story we talked about was a missed opportunity for many businesses that could be competing with […]