Consumer Trends

Why the Mall May Be the Best Place for Your Pop-Up Shop

Canadian themed dolls in the Maplelea store at Toronto’s Yorkdale Mall in January 2017. Photo: Nathan Denette/CP

Small retailers get exposure and sales by setting up temporary locations at large shopping centres

Lessons From the Dragons: If at First You Don’t Succeed

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Former pitchers return with improved products on the Dragons' Den Season 11 Second Chance Special

How to Build a Bot That Helps Consumers Shop

Illustration: LeeAndra Cianci

Canadian chat platform Kik created a tool that allows H&M to interact with Gen Z shoppers, increasing sales and providing better customer data

Why You Should Cater to the Cruise Ship Crowd

The massive cruise ship Anthem of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean International, berthed in Halifax in September 2016. Photo: Andrew Vaughan/CP

Canadian port cities are anticipating an influx of boat-borne tourists this summer, and the economic boost could benefit local businesses

Will Consumers Get Over the Ick Factor of Eating Insects?

One Hop Kitchen's Eli Cadesky shows off his company's insect protein based pasta sauces and protein material. Photo: Frank Gunn/CP

A number of entrepreneurs are hoping to turn bug protein into a pantry staple. How they're convincing people to give it a try, one bit at a time

Lessons in Taking Over Family Businesses from Cara’s Bill Gregson

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The turnaround-specialist CEO of the company behind Swiss Chalet, Harvey's and other Canadian staples explains what he's learned working as a hired gun for founding families

Why You Might Want to Follow the Snowbirds

Jeffrey Tremblay, CEO of SYNERGY HomeCare of Venice at his office in Venice, Fla.Photo: Chris O'Meara/AP Photo/CP

Some U.S. business owners are relocating to sunnier states to serve the growing retiree demographic, which includes plenty of Canadian boomers

4 Retail Trends to Watch For Next Year

A selection of handbags at Saks Fifth Avenue's new store in downtown Toronto, in February 2016. Photo: Nathan Denette/CP

Stores will need to adapt to the continued rise of e-commerce and the hollowing out of the mid-market in 2017

The “New Canada” You Need to Be Selling To

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Forget millennials. Watch out for these demographic changes, which will have a huge impact on the Canadian consumer base

Proof That Nostalgia Really Sells

Eric Rego stitches L.L. Bean boots in the company's Brunswick, Maine facility. Photo: Pat Wellenbach/AP Photo/CP

Bootmaker L.L. Bean is ramping up production to meet demand as retro becomes the new consumer must-have