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HBC should make store closures part of game plan, shareholder says - BNN Bloomberg

A top Hudson’s Bay Co. shareholder says the retailer should consider to close more stores as it may be in the company’s best interest to sell some of its “extremely valuable” real estate amid pressure to improve performance.

Staples Canada launches new digital platform on Shopify Plus

Includes big data to drive a dynamic customer experience, syndicated customer reviews, informative content and buying guides, enhanced mobile experience, and access to live customer service agents

Lululemon expands beyond apparel Products

Athleisure retailer Lululemon has ventured into a new category, launching a line of gender-neutral personal care products. The Vancouver-based retailer

How Sephora is building connections beyond its stores

Much of Sephora’s marketing, and much of the brand’s purpose, is a product of the interactions that occur behind its store walls. Anyone who’s shopped its beauty-laden bars would likely agree that the retailer is an advocate of self-expression. It’s spent years creating a safe space for a diverse consumer camp to find their beautiful, without judgement from its beauty advisors, Deborah Neff, the brand’s VP of marketing tells strategy.

Cannabis regulations get in the way of the shopping experience: retailer

Not all licensed cannabis stores are created equal. While all must meet strict regulatory requirements when it comes to layout, security, and what can be viewed from the outside, the new retail outlets have still managed to find interesting ways to make their stores unique in their own right.

Amazon Prime Day 2019: Everything we know so far

Amazon’s blockbuster annual sale for its members has changed the way people shop, and made other companies scramble to try to cash in on the tech giant’s success.

The end of no cash? Not so fast | Canadian Grocer

While digital payments will no doubt continue to grow, not everyone is ready to make the leap into a cashless future.