Retail

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NexTech launches AR ‘try-on’ tool

A new service allows any retailer to integrate virtual trial features to their e-comm platform.

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Cannabis retailers find their way into Ontario market

High Tide, Spirit Leaf and Choom have established agreements with the government’s lottery winners.

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Consumers demanding more ethical consumption

A report from Nourish Food Marketing shows how waste-reduction trends align with concerns about diet and convenience.

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How the automotive industry is being disrupted

Some car companies are beginning to use new tools to provide their own Amazon-like experiences for customers.

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Payless to shut its doors

The footwear retailer is winding down operations across North America, feeling the weight of its debt and retail footprint.

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Peoples Jewellers puts love on display

A Valentine’s Day stunt turned one of Canada’s biggest billboards into a platform for couples.

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Consumers want retail tech that keeps human touch

A survey by SOTI shows that Canadians favour solutions that empower sales staff, not replace them.

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Toys “R” Us evolves chief play officer role for digital age

The toy retailer’s fifth child ambassador will lend authenticity to the brand through a more robust social and digital presence.

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Endy partners with Urban Barn to launch showrooms

The bed-in-a-box company is the latest to enter physical retail with a presence in 37 locations.

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Aurora promotes ‘dried flowers’ this Valentine’s Day

The first in-store promotion for the AltaVie brand aims to give couples the chance to explore cannabis intimacy.

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Rexall brings M&M to its frozen aisle

The drug store is diversifying its food offering while giving the Food Market access to urban customers.

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Sunrise Records acquires remaining HMV assets

The Canadian record store chain extends its reach into the U.K. with roughly 100 stores.

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Kijiji puts car buyers in the driver’s seat

For the launch of its dedicated automotive platform, the company plays off traditional ad tropes in the category.

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IKEA makes sleep a beautiful thing

A new spot reminding productivity obsessed people to get their rest also marks a strategic shift that will guide creative to 2020.

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The executive guide to artificial intelligence

From freeing data to starting small, Rubikloud’s CEO Kerry Liu on the best approaches to deploying AI.