Retail

Mar 4, 2013
Clint Mahlman, COO and Senior Vice-President, London Drugs Ltd.
Kristen Hilderman

The catalyst behind London Drugs’ green initiatives, COO Clint Mahlman makes sustainability a priority for his own company, as well as on a national level. Speaking to the significant impact that London Drugs’ “What’s the Green Deal?” recycling program and waste-management stewardship is making in the retail industry, Mahlman humbly says...

Mar 4, 2013
Vincent Wauters, President and General Manager, Arc'teryx
Kristen Hilderman

You made the move from Arc’teryx Equipment Inc.’s parent company, Amer Sports, which runs seven global sporting-goods brands. How has the corporate culture shifted for you, going from the international level in Finland to a Vancouver-based brand? It’s always something I’ve looked for—discovering different cultures and giving myself some interesting challenges.

Mar 4, 2013
Joe Calvano, President, Dollar Tree Stores Canada Inc.
Kristen Hilderman

It’s been just over two years since Fortune 500 company Dollar Tree Stores acquired B.C.-based Dollar Giant Inc. for US$52 million, launching Dollar Tree’s first chain of retail outlets outside the U.S. Joe Calvano maintained his leadership role as Dollar Tree Canada president and has grown the group of stores...

Feb 26, 2013
Businesses Behind Pink Shirt Day
Jacob Parry

Coast Capital, London Drugs and the BCGEU are sounding the alarm and throwing their heft behind Pink Shirt Day in support of the CKNW Orphans’ Fund. The annual anti-bullying event began in 2007 when two Grade 12 students at a high school in Cambridge, Nova Scotia, witnessed a group of kids...

Feb 19, 2013
John Fluevog on Managing a Business
Kristen Hilderman

As part of the 2013 Buildex conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Canadian design icon and entrepreneur John Fluevog gave the keynote speech at the Vancouver Leaders Breakfast on February 14. Fluevog shared with the audience candid tales from his life story (“I barely graduated high school”), the struggles of...

Feb 19, 2013
Best Buy Canada President Mike Pratt Resigns
Kristen Hilderman

Best Buy Canada has confirmed that president and COO Mike Pratt is leaving his position to pursue another opportunity, and the company is conducting a search for a new president and COO. “We can confirm that Mike Pratt has resigned and he’ll still be here for the next few weeks for...

Feb 12, 2013
Clearly Contacts to Open First Retail Location
Kristen Hilderman

One of Canada’s most popular e-commerce success stories is taking its business to the streets of Vancouver—Robson Street, to be exact. This spring Clearly Contacts will open its inaugural bricks-and-mortar location, marking the first physical location for parent company Coastal Contacts Inc. The retail store is set to be the...

Feb 8, 2013
2013 Consumer Trends in Retail
Kristen Hilderman

Three industry experts shared their thoughts and research on the year ahead for retail at the ICSC’s “Consumer Trends Revealed” panel on February 7. The panellists included Evi Mustel, president of Mustel Group Market Research; James Smerdon, vice-president and director of retail consulting at Colliers International; and Andrew Ramlo, director...

Feb 5, 2013
The Penny Ceases Distribution
Kristen Hilderman

February 4, 2013, marked the first day of ceased distribution for the Canadian penny, a coin that has been in circulation since 1858. In July 2012, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced that the penny would be phased out due to its excessive production costs relative to its value. A single...

Feb 1, 2013
Best Buy Closes 5 B.C. Stores
Kristen Hilderman

Electronics chain Best Buy surprised the public and its own staff Thursday morning when it shut down five of its B.C. stores and two more locations across Canada. CBC reporters were at the front lines, speaking to employees who had shown up for work that morning only to discover the...

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