Retail

Nov 3, 2017
BuildDirect founder pours out his heart over resignation

It is but one man's account. But founder Jeff Booth's description on LinkedIn of what brought him to resign from home improvement supply e-tailer Builddirect.com captures all the emotion and drama of entrepreneurship. Booth both rationalizes and blames his decision to take on debt (to help the company's technology handle the...

Oct 25, 2017
Postmedia strikes deal with Indochino worth more than $40 million
By the Editors

Postmedia and Vancouver-based men’s apparel retailer Indochino are joining forces, with the former granting some $40 million in “media dollars” to the latter in exchange for a share of its revenue. Before journalists get too amped up about the idea of a...

Oct 5, 2017
B.C.'s first Uniqlo now open
By BCBusiness

Amanda Ross, who wrote about Uniqlo’s B.C. store last summer, checked the store out in person this week. It will feature the Uniqlo and JWAnderson capsule collection, of which several pieces are already sold out online in the U.S. Launch celebrations include...

Oct 4, 2017
Coffee leaf tea pioneer Wize Monkey breaks into the U.S. market
By BCBusiness

Coffee? Tea? Why not have both? This month Wize Monkey, which bills itself as the first coffee leaf tea company, launches in the U.S. By the end of November, Vancouver-based Wize Monkey’s products will be in some 370 stores stateside...

Oct 2, 2017
6 ways to engage consumers, from retail to marketing
Felicity Stone

There was a time when visiting a department store was an event, as depicted in the TV series Mr. Selfridge and The Paradise. Now, says Canadian consumer futurist Doug Stephens in his recent book Reengineering Retail, “most stores we visit are...

Sep 5, 2017
Top 100 2017: Aritzia rides out stormy retail year with style
Marcie Good

The past year was tumultuous in the world of retail. The first quarter of 2017 saw record bankruptcies in the U.S., and in B.C. companies such as Vancouver startup Shoes.com folded and technical clothier Kit and Ace closed down all...

Aug 29, 2017
Vancouver company aims to help charity organization furnish its office

Vancouver-based Buy Rite this month has an initiative aimed at helping a local charity furnish its entire office. The Furnish Me initiative targets a not-for-profit organization that needs furnishing for its office of about 20 staff, including chairs, desks, file cabinets...

Aug 11, 2017
How Uniqlo hopes to win over Vancouver shoppers
Amanda Ross

Generally, Vancouver has two gears when it comes to clothing: lounge wear and workout wear, both with an emphasis on technical fabrics and comfort. So, when Japanese retail juggernaut Uniqlo announced it would land on our shores this fall*, it felt...

May 24, 2017
B.C. has gone to the dogs—and that's a good thing for local businesses
Felicity Stone

Auntie Kim’s Better Bickies are small-batch dog treats produced in Squamish using organic ingredients. Flavours include Peanut Butter and Jam (oats, peanuts, blueberries), Outback Snack (oats, kangaroo, blueberries, pumpkin) and Buffalo Cheese Puffs (brown rice, bison, cream cheese). HydroPaws Hydrotherapy and...

May 8, 2017
4 new Vancouver shops and restaurants to check out in May
Felicity Stone

The new 98-seat Hendricks Resto-Lounge occupies the Westin Grand hotel’s upper lobby overlooking Library Square in downtown Vancouver. What’s a resto-lounge? It’s a 1,300-square-foot space with a cocktail bar and a full-service restaurant, plus live music or a DJ twice...

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