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Why fewer U.S. Cows means higher leather bag costs
Daily Herald
Beef lovers aren't the only ones with sticker shock from the shrinking U.S. cattle herd. Fewer cows also mean tighter supply of hides used in luxury-car upholstery, handbags, shoes and Anita Dungey's dog collars. "The last couple of years have been horrendous," said Dungey, the president of Auburn Leathercrafters, a collar and leash maker in Auburn, New York. Her leather costs rose 83 per cent in two years to $8.25 a foot.
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Keep your shoes on and your laptop in your bag: The future of airport security
Financial Post
With global air passenger traffic set to double in the next 20 years, airlines and airports are growing increasingly anxious about the deluge of travellers that is already jamming up overcrowded security checkpoints. But advocates of a new approach to airport screening say better security doesn't have to come at the expense of travellers' time, and imagine a not-too-distant future where passengers can sail through security with their shoes on and their shampoo stashed in their carry-on.
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Target Canada undergoes sales strategy makeover as key Christmas season nears
Financial Post
As Canada slips from fall into frostbite season, there is one clothing item shoppers won't see on the shelves at Target as it fights to grab a much bigger share of the holiday shopping pie this year: Wool coats. The retailer's Canadian executives have been working overtime to try to improve the mass merchant's disappointing performance before Christmas hits, based on what they learned from last year's mistakes and ongoing customer research.
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Retailers forced to block English-only websites in Quebec — or face sanctions from language police
National Post
As the invasion of U.S. retailers continues and as the Internet increasingly becomes the marketplace and the research centre of consumers, some Quebecers are getting unpleasant surprises: Some companies have blocked access to their websites here either because they have voluntarily complied with the French Language Charter or because they have received a notice from the Office québécois de la langue française.
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Black Friday on track to be busiest in 8 years
Forbes
Research by management consultancy Accenture indicates the annual post-Thanksgiving discount bonanza will at its busiest in eight years, since well before the recession hit. A whopping 66 per cent of consumers surveyed for Accenture's yearly holiday shopping study said they planned to head out into the fray on Black Friday, compared with 55 per cent last year and 52 per cent in 2012.

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Air Canada begins charging some travellers for checked baggage
CTV News
Just days after a similar change in policy by WestJet, economy fare passengers travelling on Air Canada Tango flights within Canada or to the Caribbean or Mexico will have to pay extra for checked luggage. The first two bags will cost $25 each while those on flex fares will be able to check one bag free of charge but will pay $25 for a second bag.

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Sears moving into REIT-ail, stock soars
Yahoo! News
Sears says it's actively exploring the idea of turning 200 - 300 of its stores into a Real Estate Investment Trust or REIT. As is the case with everything Sears does lately, the goal would be raising liquidity for the dwindling asset that is Sears' core retail business. Does this make any sense? It depends on what you mean by "sense." A REIT linked to just the leases on existing Sears and Kmart stores seems pretty unappealing on the surface.

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Weak Walmart gain fails to inspire Wall Street
Toronto Star
Walmart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement in the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations. But the world's largest retailer issued a fourth-quarter profit outlook that missed Wall Street expectations because of expected fierce holiday discounting. The quarter also marked two full years of traffic declines at U.S. Walmart stores.
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Target buys Pittsburgh technology firm promising 'Amazon-like' shopping experience in stores
Edmonton Journal
Target Corp. has acquired a Pittsburgh company that says its software platform brings "an Amazon-like shopping experience" to in-store customers. Powered Analytics co-founder Collin Otis and a spokesman for Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Target confirmed the deal Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.
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3 retail trends we're watching closely
The Motley Fool
The retail space is rapidly evolving today, as bricks-and-mortar retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart attempt to compete with e-commerce giant Amazon.com in an increasingly competitive market. From smaller store formats to same-day delivery methods, retailers of every variety are experimenting with new ways to drive sales.
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How to keep your suitcase safe while travelling
Huffington Post
While lost and damaged luggage is an unfortunate travel reality, it's getting easier to track down an errant bag half a world away and get it back to you — relatively quickly. And if you've identified your bag well and have an inventory of the contents, luck may be in your favour. Use these tips to help ensure that even if your bags don't arrive with you, you'll be protected.
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