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How Instagram is becoming a must-have for retailers
Instagram isn't just for sharing your #selfies with the world anymore.
Retailers have been boosting their digital presence on Facebook Inc.'s social media photo app for a while now, but two recent examples show just how powerful it has become.
Fashion brand Stuart Weitzman last week launched an Instagram video campaign that directs product posts to Facebook users who viewed the ad.
Hudson's Bay sees profit triple thanks to Saks, web sales
Hudson's Bay purchase of Saks two years ago caused a certain amount of head-scratching, but the move has worked out well so far for the Canadian retail company. Saks will open in Canada for the first time this year.
Recently, the company announced the departure of Marigay McKee as Saks Fifth Avenue president after just a little over a year on the job, to be replaced by Marc Metrick, who was key in the company's acquisition and development of the U.S. department store.
How Target Canada changed the retail landscape
When Target Corp. announced in January 2011 that it would launch in Canada in former Zellers locations, a chain-reaction began working its way through Canada’s retail landscape, changing the futures and fortunes of the country's biggest retailers, smallest suppliers and uprooting the lives of those precariously employed on the front lines.
For Canadian designer and television personality Sarah Richardson, it meant a promising deal with an international retailer for a line of home décor items: hallway mirrors, rugs, throws, figurals and small furniture.
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Mulberry cheers investors as return to 'affordable' roots begins to pay off for luxury bag-maker
This is Money
Luxury bag-maker Mulberry expects full-year profits to be slightly ahead of expectations thanks to improved demand since the launch of its new spring/summer collection in November and cost-cutting.
The "encouraging" trading update comes as a relief for the leather goods maker after a doomed push upmarket caused the group to slump to £1.1million loss for the six months to September 30.
Jacob retail line to go on with 5 stores in Quebec
Womenswear retailer Boutique Jacob is resuming operations, although on a much smaller scale.
Family owners are developing a plan to relaunch the business with five stores in Quebec along with online operations after exiting seven months of creditor protection under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.
Jacob has no hope of rebuilding a national brand after closing 91 stores last year and shedding some 990 employees.
Top 10 most common mistakes made by travellers
Whether it's booking a flight to the wrong airport or showing up to the airport on the wrong day, travel mistakes are more common than some might think.
"One of the most budget-busting, stress-inducing experiences in travel is making a mistake with your booking and not realizing it until it's too late," said Neil Bhapkar, chief marketing officer at Flight Network.
From pocket projectors to inflatable luggage, travel gadgets just got smarter
If we were to recommend the best travel tech a few years ago, we may have picked a few laptops, portable peripherals, cables, and MP3 players. But today it's all about travelling smarter and more efficiently. We already use our smartphones for mobile boarding and tablets for working remotely, and smartwatches are expected to play a major role in the travel and hospitality sectors.
L.A. designer Clare Vivier has a handle on work bags
Clare Vivier has turned her love of French chic and American prep — and a search for the perfect, non-corporate-looking work bag — into an L.A. success story.
Vivier's obsession with bags started in childhood with her father's Lands' End briefcase. "It was a canvas briefcase that zipped all the way around and had his initials on it, my first monogram experience," she said.
This airline wants to give you a wider seat in economy cabin
Southwest Airlines Co. will give passengers something extra with its newly designed aircraft seats — more than one-half inch of extra width.
At 17.8 inches (45 centimeters) across, the bottom seat cushions will be the widest in the coach cabin of any Boeing Co. 737 in the U.S., according to Southwest, the biggest operator of 737s. The plane is the world's most widely flown jetliner.
Zellers outlasts Target Canada: Does it deserve a comeback?
Target's last remaining Canadian stores closed recently, marked by a funeral and some premature store closures that allowed the chain to disappoint its Canadian customers one last time.
But as Canadians mull over all the retail chains that have disappeared (bye bye, Future Shop, Sony Store, Mexx and so many more) it may be more heartening to look over what has survived. And one unexpected survivor is Zellers. Yes, the long-iconic Canadian chain — the majority of whose stores were turned into Targets — lives on even as Target leaves no trace.
Is Michael Kors' popularity going to be its downfall?
And the brand's surge in popularity hasn't been limited to the U.K. Sales of the luxury brand across North America, Japan and Europe have tripled in the last three years.
But in February the designer reported a slowdown in sales at the end of last year and shares in the company have recently dropped. And now Michael Kors has been removed from Morgan Stanley's Best Ideas list, which means that the bank no longer thinks of the brand as one of its most favourable investments.
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