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Hot trends for holiday 2008
Nov. 27, 2008 - Move over red and green – neutrals, metallics and peacock shades are the hot holiday hues of 2008. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Downtown Montreal retailers can stay open late
Nov. 26, 2008 - Downtown Montreal retailers have finally received permission to stay open later on weekends - but only on a trial basis. Stores in the city core will now be allowed to remain open until 8 p.m. on weekends, various officials said yesterday, effective immediately. The Montreal Gazette reports. | READ MORE
Common mistakes retailers make on Black Friday
Nov. 26, 2008 - While Canadian retailers don't have a shopping event like Black Friday in the U.S., we can still learn lessons on how to prepare for discount shoppers and bargain hunters, especially in today's economy. Nielsen has prepared a Top 10 list of common mistakes made by retailers who are trying to play and win in the competitive world of Black Friday. Nielsen.com reports. | READ MORE
Seed catalogues may be menus for online ordering
Nov. 25, 2008 - Seed catalogues have come a long way from their 19th century origins, when they were valued as much for their art as their information. Now they serve as reference aids to computer users: Many consumers choose from catalogues but order from supplier websites.
Two-thirds of Canadians say they plan to holiday shop at Wal-Mart
Nov. 25, 2008 - This year two-thirds (66 per cent) of Canadians plan to spend their holiday dollars at Wal-Mart, with Canadian Tire and Zellers coming in second and third place with 51 per cent and 40 per cent respectively, according to a survey by Maritz Research Canada. The company encourages retailers to view customer service as their best differentiator and offers tips on how they can do this.
Shoppers cash-strapped, cranky this season
Nov. 24, 2008 - Canadians are in a bearish mood this holiday season, and will shop primarily in stores where they feel they can get the greatest value for their money, according to a survey released Monday by Toronto-based Maritz Research Canada. ReportOnBusiness.com reports. | READ MORE
RONA recognized as energy conservation leader
Nov. 24, 2008 - RONA Inc., a Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, renovation and gardening products, has been awarded the Certificate of Recognition for Energy Conservation in Ontario by the Chief Energy Conservation Officer, recognizing RONA’s commitment and concrete actions in promoting energy conservation in Ontario.
One-fifth of marketers send e-mails after users unsubscribe
Nov. 24, 2008 - Twenty per cent of top brand marketers keep sending additional emails to users, even after confirming requests from them to "unsubscribe" from an email marketing list, according to a research study from Return Path, MarketingCharts writes. MarketingVOX reports. READ MORE
Alberta bans weed and feed lawn products
Nov. 21, 2008 - Albertans who covet weed-free lawns will have one less product at their disposal beginning Jan. 1, 2010 as the province announced it's banning herbicide-fertilizer combination products. CBC.ca reports. | READ MORE
Internet shopping clicks with Canadians in 2007
Nov. 20, 2008 - More Canadians used the Internet to purchase goods and services in 2007, placing almost $12.8 billion worth of orders, up 61% from 2005.