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The rise of Afterpay: The bite-sized retail therapy our pandemic-weary populace doesn’t need

Point-of-sale financing companies Afterpay, Splitit and Sezzle have found their moment during the pandemic, as Canadians turn to online shopping for a quick hit of dopamine

What Canadian Tire’s loyalty changes mean to you

Can I still use my Canadian Tire money?
Instacart shopper

Inside the fight for the future of grocery delivery in Canada

Apps like Instacart are aiming to revolutionize how Canadians shop for groceries, but established players have their own plans to challenge them
Sales staff in a Miniso shop.  Miniso is a Japanese

How Miniso might just be a Dollarama disruptor in Canada

The Japanese-styled value retailer is planning to open hundreds of stores in Canada. What will that mean for the reigning homegrown dollar store king?
Sears Canada, Low On Cash, Seeks Protection From Creditor

What are we really mourning when brands like Sears die?

Opinion: Expressing grief has become a spectacle—and when it comes to the closure of dimmed companies like Sears, it’s often misplaced, too
The new signage at Sears Canada's Promenade Mall store in Thornhill in September 2016

Sears Canada: The timeline of its slow-motion collapse

The retail giant has been led by five different people in four years, as it faces declining sales, store closures and layoffs
Saks Toronto

Saks makes its big bet on Canada’s appetite for luxury

Marc Metrick, the president of Saks Fifth Avenue, on why the luxury retailer is targeting Canada
Inside An Ikea Store Ahead Of Durable Goods Orders Figures

Have we hit ’peak stuff?’ Ikea says there’s röom to grow.

Have consumers hit their limit for buying furniture, as one Ikea executive recently claimed? Don’t bet on it. Ikea sure isn’t.
Black Friday deals

Why do Canadian stores even offer Black Friday sales?

There are pitfalls for both sides: Black Friday is a ’zero-sum game’ for retailers, while Canadian shoppers can get better deals on Boxing Day
Views Of Luxury Shopping Ahead Of Retail Sales

What’s behind Canada’s newfound lust for luxury?

From cars to clothing to condos, the masses in Canada have developed a taste for the sumptuous—but not everything is quite as it seems