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Walmart Canada says no more free shipping for most orders under $50
Walmart Canada is implementing a $50 minimum order for free standard online shipping, and shoppers can thank Target Canada's demise for the change, a retail expert says.
"It's a fall-out of easing competition," said Schulich School of Business marketing professor Detlev Zwick of Walmart's move. "That is why I for one was sad to see Target leave and (am) shaking my head at consumers — you know, online discussion boards and such — that saluted the departure of 'The American' retailer.
Combine fashion and tech with the Leoht handbag
Small Business Trends
When was the last time your handbag got a tech upgrade?
These days our technology is an everyday personal experience. There's the ever present smartphone in our pocket and the tablet in our bag. Now, smart watches and even glasses are becoming more common.
Leoht is one company that thinks it's time your handbag got on board the wearable technology train.
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The sneaky new way airlines are raising fares
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.
Report: Lost luggage rates continue to decline
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.
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.
Buying into the 'Nordstrom Way'
Ottawa Business Journal
The most anticipated new store at the Rideau Centre in years brought more than just exclusive fashion brands when it officially arrived in the capital last month, retail experts say. Nordstrom also sets a higher standard of customer service than most Ottawa shoppers are accustomed to, they argue, and that could have ripple effects for high-end retailers across the city.
Canadian retailers move past the Target era
Canadian retailers aren't celebrating Target's retreat, but after four years of cut-throat competition, they are enjoying a little bit of breathing room.
"The exit of one of the big players (Target) — it's good news for the industry that square footage is easing a bit," said Eric La Flêche, president and chief executive officer of Metro Inc., speaking at the annual CIBC retail conference.
When it comes to travel, savvy gents aren't afraid to spend
The Globe and Mail
As the editorial and creative director of a Canadian men's magazine, Michael LaFave puts in long days at the office and finds it hard to get away. But when he can, he opts for exotic locales, and he isn't afraid to spend to ensure an exceptional experience.
As it turns out, he's not alone. "A lot of guys who make big money in business take very little vacation," says John DiScala, founder and editor-in-chief of JohnnyJet.com, a travel website based in Los Angeles.
Allegiant Air: The most successful airline you've never heard of is growing fast
Condé Nast Traveler
For the past 15 years, Allegiant Air has had a simple strategy: It flies passengers from what it calls "underserved markets" like Appleton, Wisconsin; Bismarck, North Dakota; and Owensboro, Kentucky to popular vacation destinations like Orlando and Las Vegas. In exchange for the convenience of those nonstop flights and low fares, passengers have dealt with drawbacks. Allegiant operates many routes only two or three times a week, and it has historically flown one of the oldest, noisiest airplanes in the industry, the MD-80.
Yoox and Net-a-Porter squeeze Amazon out of luxury e-commerce market
International Business Times
Milan-based Yoox Group, whose luxury e-commerce site Yoox sells off-season luxury goods, confirmed that it was merging with luxury brand e-tailer Net-a-Porter, home of the $1,445 Balmain belt, $190 Agent Provocateur tulle briefs, or $2,745 Balenciaga leather jacket, reports the New York Times.
The transaction will be known as the YOOX Net-A-Porter Group, with combined revenues of 1.3 billion euros, or about $1.4 billion, in 2014, Yoox said.
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