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- Calgary woman who put needles in food now wants grocery store to pay $8M for ‘shaming’ her [National Post] A woman who put needles into food at a Calgary grocery store is now suing the store for defamation. After she was banned from a Calgary Co-op in 2010 for shoplifting, Tatyana Granada returned to the store and concealed pins, nails and needles into bakery and dairy products. Now, Granada is suing the company for $8 million, alleging that it is responsible for the shame and loss of family honour her husband incurred, which she says eventually led to his suicide...
- Retailers using smartphones to track customer shopping habits in stores [Montreal Gazette] Before store owner Melissa Davis started using mobile analytics, she didn't know much about her customers shopping habits aside from how many came into her trendy sneaker shop each day, and how many of them bought a new pair of kicks. But after signing up last September with Toronto startup Physicalytics, Davis can now tell you the number of people who walk past her Ugly Dukling store at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday, how long the average customer lingers at the window display, and how many times they've shopped there.
- Canadian company partners with BitPay to accept bit coin [Atlanta Business Chronicle] Atlanta-based bitcoin payment processor BitPay Inc. has partnered with Visual Information Products Inc., the developers of a point-of-sale system used by the hospitality, food service, grocery, retail and concession industries. The partnership will allow Canada-based Visual Information Products to use BitPay’s point-of-sale (POS)-integration services to grow bitcoin acceptance in brick-and-mortar retail locations.
- State of downtown Halifax part of national review [Halifax Chronical Herald] Focus will be reviving stagnant retail sector in urban cores
- The tale of Tiffany and Target [CTV News] High end retail is booming, and low end retail is in a slump. Two great examples are Tiffany and Target. Both companies reported their first quarter earnings, but the outcomes could not be more different.
- 10 Ideas for Father's Day [Harry Rosen] Harry Rosen profiles top father's day choices from its store staff
- It's BBQ season, and you're going to pay more for meat [CBC News] With Canadians eager to fire up the grill this BBQ season, many are discovering the price of some of the most popular meats has skyrocketed in recent months. According to Statistics Canada, retail prices for grilling steaks and ground beef are up between 11 and 12 per cent in the past 12 months.
- Walmart Canada cuts 750 jobs as part of tweaks to its management structure [Financial Post] Walmart Canada has confirmed it laid off hundreds of employees across the country earlier this month in a move to rework its management structure.
- TSN signs deal to produce content for Canadian Tire ads [Financial Post] Canadian Tire Corp. is going all in when it comes to sports marketing. A multi-million dollar deal announced Monday will see TSN, the country’s largest sports network, produce branded advertising for the country’s biggest sporting goods retailer as it strives to stay on top of an increasing breadth of digital marketing channels.
- Target’s new Canadian chief: ‘You have to be priced right’ [Globe & Mail] Mark Schindele spearheaded price-matching initiatives at U.S. discounter Target Corp. over the past couple of years, and now the new president of the company’s troubled Canadian division is set to apply his pricing savvy here.
By Ronald “Rocky” A. Robins, Jr.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (A&F), a leading global specialty retailer, has faced arguably well more than its fair share of crises over the past five years. The retail chain has dealt with store fires, natural disasters (including Superstorm Sandy and the Japanese tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown), social media snafus, cyber-attack threats, negative publicity and shareholder activism, among others...