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Coach quietly lays off its Canadian part-time workers
Huffington Post Canada
Low-wage part-time Coach employees, whose total monthly pay is often less than the cost of one of the pricey handbags they sell to high-end clients, are getting the axe in the luxury retailer's 36 stores across Canada. Staff at a Coach store in Burlington, Ont., are up in arms over the company's decision, as part of its restructuring plan, to lay them off and focus on employees who can commit 30 hours or more a week.
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Sears Canada is still losing money, but online offers a bright spot
Global News
Sears Canada Inc. says it's faring better than it has in recent years, posting a narrower financial loss in first three months of its fiscal year. But, the struggling department store continues to lose money, saying Wednesday it lost $59.1-million as sales sagged further. Total sales dropped 9.7 per cent compared to the same three-month stretch last year as a result of Sears closing additional stores. Sales from stores that remain open dropped 4.3 per cent, the slowest pace of decline in a year, the retailer said.
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Canada a bright spot for Wal-Mart as solid first-quarter sales outpace U.S.
Globe and Mail
Wal-Mart Canada Corp. got a solid first-quarter sales lift even while the world's largest retailer faced challenges in its U.S. home market. Wal-Mart enjoyed a 1.8-per-cent sales gain at existing Canadian stores, outpacing the 1.1-per-cent increase at its core U.S. outlets. Its first-quarter overall sales here rose 3.7 per cent (3.5 per cent in the U.S.) as the discounter raced to add more groceries to its stores here. Customer spending picked up 1.7 per cent in the quarter in Canada but just 0.1 per cent south of the border.
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Air Canada to start cracking down on carry-on luggage at Pearson
CBC News
With the busy summer travel season set to take flight, Air Canada is about to begin clamping down on carry-on baggage to ensure it meets regulations. Toronto's Pearson International Airport airline staff will be stationed at both check-in and security checkpoints to ensure carry-on bags meet size and weight requirements.
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13 retail companies using data to revolutionize online and offline shopping experiences
Smart Data Collective
The digital revolution has accelerated global change in multiple industries especially finance, healthcare, entertainment, sports and retail. For retail and consumer goods companies in particular, while the challenges may be daunting, the revenue and growth opportunities are too big to ignore. Customers now expect to be able to shop 24x7, discover and buy products on multiple online and offline channels, look for ideas and inspiration on brands' social media channels, increasingly shop on mobile devices and demand more customized experiences when they walk into a store.
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Now fly with 'smart luggage' equipped with GPS
Business Today
Now tracking misplaced luggage at airport will become easy with the new generation "smart luggage" that can relay its location to owners' smartphones. The GPS equipped luggage can track its location, alerting travelers when it is unloaded from an aircraft or about to appear on the carousel, the Verge reported.
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Why Nordstrom is the Amazon of department stores
Fortune
The luxury department store chain laid out its five-year plan for e-commerce and store expansion, showing how it's focused on growth rather than profits. Nordstrom and Amazon.com have a lot more in common than their hometown of Seattle. Just like Amazon, Nordstrom has been spending big on technology, warehouses and expanding into new businesses. And like Amazon, sales have grown rapidly—while its profit shrinks.
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Hudson's Bay Co. ushers in new era at Queen St. location
Toronto Star
Liz Rodbell took over as president of HBC Department Store Group just over a year ago—and what a year it's been for the retail sector in Canada. Amid the demise of discount giant Target Canada along with veteran retailers including Jacob, Mexx and Smart Set, Hudson's Bay has been investing in a major renovation of most of its 90 stores across Canada, and is expanding further in the upper tier with the addition of Saks Fifth Avenue at its Queen Street flagship next spring.
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YouTube wants you to start shopping directly from its pre-roll ads
The Verge
YouTube, which has 1 billion monthly users and zero profits, will attempt to boost revenue by letting you shop from its pre-roll advertisements. This assumes that you actually watch pre-roll advertisements, rather than spend an agonizing five seconds looking anywhere but the screen while you wait for the "Skip this ad" button to appear, and actually want to buy the things you see in YouTube ads, which mostly you do not.
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Vancouver malls ranked richest in Canada
Vancouver Sun
A new study has found that four of Canada's 20 most productive shopping malls are located in Metro Vancouver, with Vancouver's Pacific Centre and Oakridge Shopping Centre earning first and third spots respectively on the overall productivity rating.
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