Seasonal Business

4 Holiday Shopping Trends to Watch

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Retailers gearing up for this year's winter selling season will need to keep an eye on these items, categories and consumer preferences

What Could Keep These Seasonal Businesses Going Year-Round

Sam Arif at the La Diperie ice cream store in Toronto, which he co-owns. Photo: Nathan Denette/CP

To survive winter and hold onto customers, soft-serve ice cream stores are working to connect with their local communities

The Problem With a Warm Winter

Winter jackets on sale in a Montreal store, in January 20, 2016. Photo: Paul Chiasson/CP

Unseasonably pleasant weather has left retailers with overflowing stocks of winter apparell

The Uber Model Comes to Snow Removal

Sean Griffith from Moncton, N.B., has created an app that lets customers order one-time snow clearing services of their driveways via their smart phone. Photo: Marc Grandmaison/CP

An Atlantic Canadian entrepreneur aims to make winter weather a little easier to handle via the on-demand economy

The Shrinking of the Holiday Gift Budget

In this photo taken in November, Janae Melvin shops for gifts at Old Navy in Kansas City, Kan. Melvin is cutting back on Christmas spending this year in part because she and her husband are putting money aside for a home and a big family vacation next year. Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP

Economic woes and changed priorities mean consumers are looking for less expensive items this holiday season

The Delicate Art of Marketing the Holidays

Starbucks #RedCups campaign was met with cries of #TooSoon, but retailers are just responding to consumer trends. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty

As consumer expectations evolve, businesses must adapt their yuletide messaging accordingly

Lessons from the Dragons: Niche Doesn’t Have to Mean Small

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Entrepreneurs bring the yuletide cheer on Dragons' Den Season 10 Episode 9 Holiday Special

Why Black Friday Sales Rarely Pay Off

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The American shopping tradition has a poor track record of profitability for Canadian retailers. Better to save the deals for Boxing Day

Why Some Marketing is Better Done on Paper

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Brands are using direct mail to complement their digital efforts and keep with tradition during the holiday season

Where Consumers Would Like to Do Their Holiday Shopping

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Bricks-and-mortar still rules, but shoppers want mobile options to supplement the retail experience

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