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High stakes holiday shopping season for Target and Sears
CBC News
There will be no rest for retailers this holiday season; they're locked in a high stakes battle for our bucks in a hyper-competitive marketplace where some chains are fighting for survival. "Christmas is our most important season in the year, and certainly I think most retailers will tell you that November, December may make or break their year," said Sears Canada spokesperson Vincent Power.
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Looking at airline fees in 2008 compared to 2014
The Chron
With investors pressuring airlines to pack more people into their planes, more carriers are adopting an individual fee-based approach to the traditional pricing model. Now, as Quartz so obviously pointed out, Southwest Airlines remains the last man standing when it comes to free bag check-ins. JetBlue airways did away with the practice and will add a bag-check fee for fliers who purchase the cheapest tickets.
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Is Walmart's new mobile app the bridge to real-world search?
Forbes
It seems like every business in the world has an app, but most of them seemingly exist solely so the company can advertise the fact that it has an app. These apps are usually just reiterations of a website with an updated design, particularly in the case of online retailers. Walmart, on the other hand, just took a huge step forward for the retail industry by updating its app in a way that connects the realm of in-store shopping with the online retail experience.
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Target Canada needs more work to get better
CBC News
Target is still missing the mark in Canada. Executives at the retailer said that while the chain has made progress in Canada, a lot more work is needed if the chain is going to have a bright future here. The discount chain launched to much fanfare in early 2013, opening dozens of stores across the country and adding more in quick succession.

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Industry market research report: Handbag, luggage & accessory stores in Canada
Digital Journal
The handbag, luggage and accessory stores industry is expected to grow over the five years to 2014. Despite a dip in disposable income during 2010, strong consumer spending led considerable double-digit gains as consumer confidence soared and encouraged consumers to purchase industry goods.

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The next big thing in online shopping: The offline connection
PYMNTS
When new data show holiday shoppers actually prefer to shop in stores rather than online, e-commerce sites have to get creative. Farfetch, the e-commerce hub that connects online shoppers to hundreds of indie clothing boutiques around the globe, did just that with its latest venture aimed at getting its online customers inside stores in time for gift-buying season.

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Popular travel destination to ban rolling luggage
ABC News
The rumble that some say is plaguing Venice, Italy will soon come to an end, the Il Messaggero newspaper reports. The city has outlawed hard-wheeled suitcases beginning next May. Residents have long complained about the noise of suitcases on plastic wheels rumbling across the cobble stone streets. Some Italians have claimed all the noise cost them sleep.
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Demand for retail space at an all-time high as Calgarians' income and spending grow
Calgary Herald
Demand for new retail space in Calgary has reached a record high, says a new report by Colliers International. In response to that demand, 50 projects comprising slightly more than 12.1 million square feet are in the planning, permitting or construction stage, according to the Calgary Retail Market Report Fall 2014.
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Luxury retail locales thriving in key global cities
World Property Journal
According to a new report by Colliers International, luxury retail continues to show strong growth in a number of top global markets and prime cities in Asia. One key factor driving luxury sales includes a rising consumer confidence level due in part to a fading memory of the recent global economic crisis.
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Does mobile hurt or help your retail store?
Forbes
According to a recent poll from Gallup, 70 per cent of Americans over age 18 regularly use either a smartphone or a tablet. How are these devices affecting the way consumers shop in brick-and-mortar stores? For more than half of Americans surveyed in the poll, the answer is, "not very much." However, 19 per cent reported to shop less at physical stores as a result of mobile technology, while 22 per cent shop in person more often.
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