Consumer Trends

Hot Niche: Food Trucks for Dogs?

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A new option in canine chow, and more current business ideas, products and strategies, ranked

Why Canadians Don’t Love Mobile Payments—Yet

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Despite all the buzz surrounding smartphone-enabled shopping, the public still finds the technology clunky and risky

The Bold New Frontier of Vending Machines

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Smart brands have discovered that kiosks can be used to sell a lot more than cans of pop

How to Corner a Niche Market Today

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Toronto-based Pochetti is aiming to meet surging demand for both subscription services and formal pocket squares. Here's a look at its go-to-market strategy

Why Credit Card Fees are Finally Going Down

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After heavy lobbying, Visa and Mastercard are reducing merchant transaction fees—but not by much

How to Target Extreme Commuters

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More than 1 million Canadians spend more than an hour driving to and from work every day. They're a captive—and lucrative—audience

The Opportunity in Canada’s Urban Migration

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More and more Canadians are opting to live downtown, and that's creating big business prospects

The Huge Opportunity of Mobile Payments

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With Apple Pay taking off in the U.S., smartphone-enabled purchases are hitting the mainstream. Get ready for faster, more convenient transactions

Why Showrooming is More Popular Than Ever

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Brace yourselves, retailers: consumers are increasingly using their smartphones as an in-store shopping tool

Prepare for More Online Shopping this Holiday Season

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Consumers are expecting to spend more with e-tailers, according to a new survey