Retail

Jun 10, 2021
Inventory: These B.C. refilleries provide low-waste solutions for our everyday grocery needs
Alyssa Hirose

Nada has been providing package-free grocery items since it opened in Vancouver in 2015, but founders Brianne Miller and Alison Carr expanded into delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their partnership with Shift Delivery transports goods like flour, pasta and granola...

May 28, 2021
How two B.C. moms launched Fuse & Sip to drink away the pandemic
Nathan Caddell

Like so many of us, Karen Hope and Monique Zizzy needed a drink when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March of last year. Hope, who has a background in event planning, was working with a luxury tourism company, while Zizzy was...

May 4, 2021
Inventory: These B.C. businesses run by Black entrepreneurs are walking the walk
Alyssa Hirose

Ring On It Devi Arts Collective was launched in 2013 by Bayoush Mengesha. The women-led Vancouver brand sells dainty, minimalist jewelry ideal for everyday wear. Each of their pieces is handmade using recycled or refined metals and ethically sourced gemstones, and...

Apr 28, 2021
With Boldr, Aquilini Investment Group thinks it can crack the crowded vodka soda market
Nathan Caddell

Is there a B.C. industry more absolutely stacked to the wall with competition than the flavoured vodka soda market? Maybe, but there’s no denying that the hard-drink-with-low-calories game has more rivals lurking around every corner than a Batman comic. So why...

Apr 16, 2021
Why the B.C. founders of Hardpops are being forced to move their business to the U.S.
Nathan Caddell

How many theoretical businesses have been launched by two friends sipping alcohol on a patio? Most of those ideas fizzle or are forgotten the next day, but Gabrielle Mustapich and Sheereen Price never let go of the light bulb that...

Apr 8, 2021
After bagging its first CEO, Herschel Supply plans to go big
Nick Rockel

Herschel Supply Co. looked far and wide for its first-ever CEO, only to find the right person in its backyard. “We hired a New York–based search firm to go scout out the market,” says Lyndon Cormack, co-founder of the Vancouver-headquartered bag maker...

Mar 22, 2021
Q&A: For retailers looking to survive in a post-pandemic world, Doug Stephens offers a wakeup call—and a way forward
Nick Rockel

If you call your consulting company Retail Prophet, you’d better have something useful to say. Doug Stephens doesn’t disappoint with his third book, Resurrecting Retail: The Future of Business in a Post-Pandemic World. The Toronto-based retail futurist, who’s advised players ranging from BMW to Disney to Walmart, argues that the COVID shock has completely changed his industry. We asked Stephens how brands can survive and thrive in this hypercompetitive new landscape—and which B.C. retailers are ahead of the game.

Mar 16, 2021
The Innovators: Shape Immersive brings the 3D shopping experience home
Nathan Caddell

Dan Burgar doesn’t think brick-and-mortar retail will ever disappear. But long before the COVID-19 pandemic furthered Amazon.com’s devastation of traditional business practices, Burgar was arguing that retail would be one of the many sectors disrupted by virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR). Having worked at various local tech companies, the Vancouver native...

Mar 10, 2021
Pacific Trader: Is Aritzia the TSX’s best retail reopening play?
Michael McCullough

The stock: Since Aritzia (TSX:ATZ) debuted on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges in 2016, the best time to buy its shares always seemed to be a year ago. If there was an exception, it came, well, a year ago, when...

Dec 15, 2020
Can Vancouver’s outdoor retail row survive MEC’s move off Broadway?
Michael McCullough

Walk into the new MEC flagship store in Vancouver’s Olympic Village and you’ll spot a restored baby-blue Volkswagen microbus, an homage to the retailer’s first venue. Back in 1971, the original van would haul camping and climbing gear acquired at...

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