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35th Annual Luggage, Leathergoods, Handbags & Accessories Show
LLHA

NEW DATE: September 28-30, 2015, moved to take advantage of in-season goods for immediate sale.
NEW LOCATION: Mississauga Convention Centre, moved to a beautifully finished hall, fully carpeted, lower ceilings for better lighting.
NEW FORMAT: A simplified format for easier shopping and browsing.
NEW CASH & CARRY: Instant access to hot deals on the spot.
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The year of uncertainty: Retailers brace for a rocky 2015
The Globe and Mail
Retailers are bracing for a year of uncertainty — and even some failures — as weak players scramble to turn around their flagging operations amid growing pressures from expanding low-budget and e-commerce heavyweights. U.S. discounter Target Corp. faces crucial decisions in reassessing its money-losing Canadian division after launching it in March, 2013.
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New tote bags made of recycled Southwest Airlines seat leather
Houston Chornicle
Old upholstery doesn't have to go to waste. When Southwest Airlines removed 80,000 of its seats to replace them with lighter ones, the Dallas-based airline was left with 43 acres of old seat leather. Instead of discarding all those scraps, Southwest decided to up-cycle them into something stylish. The airline has partnered with a Portland-based company called Looptworks to turn that leather into a limited-edition series of backpacks, duffel bags and totes.
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9 tips for retailers to generate more online sales in 2015
TNW
Following on from the busy holiday peak, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can generate more revenue via your e-commerce website in 2015. We'll focus on growth opportunities in both customer acquisition and customer experience. Here are a few extra-revenue generating tips to think about, if you've not already, as we enter the peak trading period.
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Mexx declares bankruptcy affecting 95 Canadian stores
The Hamilton Spectator
Fashion retailer Mexx has declared bankruptcy, becoming the latest fashion retailer forced to liquidate its stock. The Dutch-based company said it plans to submit a proposal to creditors in Canada under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. The company has 315 stores around the world, including about 95 in Canada, that will remain open throughout the process.

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Why Canada is headed for a retail bloodbath
Huffington Post
There are signs of an extraordinary upheaval happening in big box retailing and Sears Canada could be the canary in the mineshaft for a potential future bloodbath. The new CEO of Sears (its fourth CEO in three years), possibly paraphrasing a quote from Monty Python's Holy Grail, assured the Financial Post "We're not going anywhere" in a recent interview.

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Best Buy, Target use store space to fight Amazon for web sales
SF Gate
Amazon upped the ante — again. In late 2013, the Internet giant decided to extend its "Deliver by Christmas" order window until December 23, an unprecedented (and audacious) move. The top leadership at Best Buy took notice. "Amazon did something very, very strategic at holiday and it basically blindsided every retailer in America except Amazon," said a top logistics executive at Best Buy. "I do not know of another retailer that did not cut off sometime before then."

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United Airlines, Orbitz sue Skiplagged over layover price loophole
CBC News
A large U.S. airline and one of the world's biggest online travel agencies are suing an entrepreneur from New York City for developing a web system that can help flyers save money by taking advantage of a loophole in the pricing of flights with layovers. Aktarer Zaman invented Skiplagged.com, a website that lets users find cheaper flight tickets.
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What's in store for retail In 2015
Forbes
Retailers will be glad to see 2014 recede, or at least the first part of it that saw less than stellar sales from the holiday season of 2013. The year was marked by data breaches, debates about the minimum wage and more than a few CEO firings and scandals. But what began precariously will likely end on a more positive note as Holiday 2014 likely yielded far improved sales over the prior year.
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Not your typical franchise: Boomerang Kids turning used goods into retail gold
Financial Post
When Krista Thompson heard that Boomerang Kids, one of her favourite shopping haunts, was up for sale, she envisioned a unique franchise opportunity. Now president of Boomerang Kids Franchise Corp., Ms. Thompson and business partner Heather Meek, chief executive of the company, have parlayed the Ottawa-based consignment store into a successful franchise model, with nine units sold in Ontario and Quebec, and more to come.
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Retail council: Holiday cross-border shopping down, Canadian sales up
CBC News
Canadians did less cross-border shopping this holiday season compared to previous years, says the Retail Council of Canada. The council says Canadians did a lot of shopping overall. "The exchange rate put a dent in cross-border shopping," said Michael Leblanc, a spokesman for the council. The loonie was worth less than 90 cents U.S. in the weeks leading into Christmas, and is now hovering around 86 cents.
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