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Benchmade Leatherworks
Benchmade Leatherworks announces that commencing Fall 2015, a new line of briefcases, back packs, and travel accessories made in Colombia will be available.

For further information please email: benchmade@benchmadeleatherworks.com.
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Please contact Catherine at 1-866-842-2420, or email: catherine@llha.ca

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Canadians slow to switch to online purchase-and-delivery retail
The Vancouver Sun
If online shopping in Canada felt like it was lagging the rest of the world, news of a few days ago is sure to widen that impression. Prime Air, Amazon.com's service in New York City that delivers packages to all of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn within an hour, recently added areas of Miami and Baltimore. It has also received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to test its "small, unmanned aerial vehicles" outdoors with the eventual goal of using them to drop packages into customers' hands within half an hour.
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Top Trends: Bags, buckets and backpacks tote your goodies in style
Edmonton Journal
Spring is a time of renewal both outside and within our closets. When it comes to handbags for this season of all things new and fresh, we're concentrating on simple form and function with a more neutral palette. "The bucket bag continues to be the main handbag trend we are seeing for (spring and summer 2015)," says Anna McDonough, buyer and founder of Coup Boutique. "We're also seeing clutches and 'hand-held' bags everywhere (and) backpacks are huge right now — a lot of women replacing their traditional handbag with this cooler option."
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Report: Lost luggage rates continue to decline
Airport World
The air transport industry has cut the rate of mishandled bags by 61.3 per cent globally since 2007, creating $18 billion in total estimated cost savings, according to a new report. According to the SITA 2015 Baggage Report, the rate of mishandled bags in 2014 was 7.3 bags per thousand passengers, down from a peak of 18.88 bags per thousand passengers in 2007.
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Sears vendors demand special terms to keep supplying goods
CBC News
Sears Holding Corp's vendors in the U.S. have demanded speedier payment from the retailer as they fear for its long-term health amid a string of losses. According to MarketWatch, some vendors have made a deal with Sears to get payment within 15 days in return for a price discount of three to five per cent on merchandise. The retailer typically pays suppliers within two months.

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Can this startup crack the virtual fitting room code?
The Globe and Mail
It's hard enough to find a good pair of jeans at the mall, but at least fitting room-weary customers know they're bringing home the right size. Customers who prefer the convenience of online shopping risk buying pants off of the Internet with the hope they'll sit properly around the waist. Factor in the annoyance of having to ship those ill-fitting pants back to sender and it's easy to see why online clothing sales have yet to take a bigger chunk of the e-commerce pie: Less than 10 per cent of apparel sales occur online, and within that small margin, billions are spent each year just dealing with the hassle of returns.

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Target claims $1.6 billion tax break from failed Canadian launch
CBC News
Target has pocketed a $1.6 billion writeoff on its American taxes as a result of the retailer's failed expansion into Canada, a new regulatory filing shows. In an annual report known as a 10-K filed with American regulators, the U.S. retail chain says it has "recognized a tax benefit of $1.6 billion in discontinued operations, which primarily relates to the loss on our investment in Canada."

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Soon your luggage will be connected
The Seattle Times
It wasn't long ago that the main selling point of a piece of luggage was its durability. Not for Kevin Harwood. Like many travelers today, he is looking for technology to go along with durability. He stumbled across a carry-on bag controlled by smartphone — with a Bluetooth-enabled lock, GPS tracking and a USB port for recharging a device. It has a built-in scale, too.
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IKEA Canada president plans future store growth
Calgary Herald
Since opening its first Canadian store almost 40 years ago in Richmond, B.C., IKEA has grown to 12 locations across Canada. The Swedish retailer opened its Calgary store in 1979, moving from the northeast to its current Deerfoot Meadows location in 2004. In 2014, the company saw annual sales grow in Canada by more than five per cent to $1.6 billion.
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The sneaky new way airlines are raising fares
Huffington Post
Fare bundling is the increasingly common airline practice of offering different levels of economy fares that provide different combinations of features at different prices. And like so many changes to the airline industry, bundling will help airlines more than consumers. Most carriers charge for a laundry list of formerly free services, such as checked baggage, advance seat assignments, onboard snacks and beverages, pillows and blankets, ticket changes, early boarding and access to seats in rows with extra legroom or seats near the front of the plane.
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Bootlegger joins growing list of retailers under bankruptcy protection
The Globe and Mail
A trio of apparel chains, including Bootlegger, got court protection from its creditors recently, adding to the growing ranks of retailers struggling amid rising low-cost fashion-retail competition. The latest chains to be operating under bankruptcy protection are owned by Comark Inc. and run more than 300 stores in shopping malls and open-air suburban power centers across Canada. Comark's other two banners are Ricki's and Cleo.
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