Dec 1, 2008
Gift Cards: Money for Nothing
Steve Burgess

Said Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “Thus conscience doth make cowards of us all.” On the topic of gift cards, he had nothing. “Thus Christmas doth make morons of us all,” would be good. Or there’s always the one about a fool and his money. I recently bought a digital camera at London Drugs.

Nov 19, 2008
A&B Sounds the Death Knell
Tony Wanless

It looks like the final nail has been hammered into the A&B Sound coffin. As a consumer I'll miss it, but as a business analyst I'm thinking: Let's hope it stays there. This retail zombie was a classic story of innovation squandered, really bad M&A, and modern management gone mad.

Jul 1, 2008
How to Pick a Retail Spot
Jessica Werb

A retail business can stand or fall depending on its location. Pick the right spot and you’re in the money; get it wrong and you can kiss your profits goodbye. So how do you pick your lucky locale? Experts David Gray, principal of DIG360 Consulting Ltd.; Jim Smerdon, senior associate with Colliers International Realty Advisors Inc.; and Stephen Knight, president of Sitings Realty Ltd., share some insights into the mysterious art and science of location scouting. Finesse your brand...

Apr 1, 2008
Ascending Profits: The Corporate Climb
Peter Severinson

The iconic retailer will surely score some goodwill through the donation, but there are also some less karmic business reasons for this kind of generosity. This may well be a stellar example of just the kind of corporate community involvement more and more companies are struggling to do right. Climbers have...

Apr 1, 2008
A Dog's Life: Luxury Goods for Pets
By Jessica Werb

Local businesses have found the next big consumer: She's got four legs, a tail, a floppy tongue and a taste for luxury. Luxury dog products are growing in popularity, and it doesn't end with a fancy collar

Jan 1, 2008
Retail Landscape: On location
By Alison Appelbe

“It made a huge difference – better street traffic,” says owner Sharman King of the relocation from 1181 Davie, near Bute Street, to 1051 Davie, closer to Burrard Street. King attributes the lack of bookstore traffic at 1181 Davie to the open sale of illegal drugs at the intersection of Davie...

Jan 1, 2008
Storefront Survival: B.C. Retail in the Era of the Big Box Store
By Alison Appelbe

Shopping in Vancouver is undergoing tectonic change. Can B.C neighbourhood retail survive in the era of the big box store? It’s a summer day in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove, and a merchants’ association event is in full swing. On Gallant Avenue, a lemonade stand does a brisk business while kids paint up a storm at an art-supply station. An entertainer performs tricks, sings songs and hands out balloons for the crowd. These street-front festivities are being financed by nearby LaLa Home...

Dec 1, 2006
Aritzia: A Leg Up
Katya Holloway

A leggy blonde emerges from a change room, gazing into the three-way mirror at her pin-up model reflection. Wearing nothing but a knitted sweater pulled down over her hips and a pair of tan cowboy boots, she hinges over at the waist, perking her bottom toward the ceiling as her long hair sweeps toward the floor.

Dec 1, 2006
Boomtown Sports Inc.: Cutting Edge
Ryan Stuart

After 11 years in the ski retail business, Dale Arsenault knew if he wanted to be on the cutting edge and sell any Boomtown Sports Inc. skis made at the company’s Kootenay plant, he had to be at demo days.

Apr 1, 2006
Welcome to Band Mart
Sarah Cox

The Campbell River First Nations Band has welcomed a lease deal on their land with the American, union-busting goliath Wal Mart, but not without opposition from the town's municipal council for fears of the economic impact on merchants from the mega store.

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