Survival of bricks-and-mortar among B2B firm’s 4 predictions for retail’s future

For years, the narrative in retail has followed the rise of online shopping at the expense of physical stores, but according to a new study the growth of online commerce has hit a plateau,

Published on: June 9th, 2016 Eric Emin Wood

Go digital or die, Sephora’s expat CEO tells Canadian retailers

As someone who is waging a retail war in the United States, Calvin McDonald wants his fellow Canadians to show the same fighting spirit here north of the border. As president and CEO

Published on: June 1st, 2016 Christine Wong

Bricks-and-mortar retail will die within a decade, says BuildDirect CEO

As a former contractor and the current CEO of BuildDirect, Jeff Booth knows a lot about renovations - but even he says bricks-and-mortar retailing has crumbled beyond repair. In an interview Tuesday with

Published on: May 17th, 2016 Christine Wong

Dreams of ‘delivery by drone’ await regulatory runway in Canada

A Toronto-based company that announced a deal last fall with Shop.ca to provide drone deliveries to its ecommerce customers says while current government legislation doesn't allow its business to operate today, it sees the

Published on: April 19th, 2016 Brian Jackson

BitGold’s Business Accounts lets merchants get paid in gold

Toronto-based BitGold Inc. launched its Business Accounts and merchants processing service today at the Money 20/20 Europe conference in Copenhagen. The service gives ecommerce merchants a modern option to accept a currency that

Published on: April 6th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Square pushes new online store and API support in Canada

Square, the San Francisco-based firm best known for enabling merchants to accept credit card payments with their smartphones, is expanding its business into the ecommerce space, it announced on Wednesday. The company's new

Published on: March 31st, 2016 Brian Jackson

Banks could soon verify credit card transactions with location-tracking smartphone apps

Canadian banks may soon be deploying a new tool in response to rising credit card fraud - geo-location data from your smartphone - with at least two major financial service providers preparing to

Published on: March 18th, 2016 Brian Jackson

How mobile sales are changing the face of retail in 2016

Too often, digital technology has been seen by the retail industry as disruptive, but the increasing demand for mobile shopping, combined with a growing number of online retailers opening bricks-and-mortar stores, points to

Published on: January 18th, 2016 Eric Emin Wood

When ‘showrooming’ is a good thing: Top 5 retail tips from Indochino’s new CEO

Indochino Inc. is one of Canada’s fastest-growing ecommerce businesses. So why the heck is it opening up bricks-and-mortar stores? It’s a fair question given that some retailers like Grand & Toy have shuttered

Published on: January 18th, 2016 Christine Wong

PUDO aims to make delivery less costly for online retailers this holiday season

PUDO, a service that lets retailers and customers pick-up and drop-off packages at local locations, is enabling parcels to move as fast as Canada Post's courier service - at up to 30 per cent less. This service

Published on: November 27th, 2015 David Hamilton

Canadian SMEs still behind in adopting ecommerce: study

New research shows that small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada are still lagging behind the curve when it comes to integrating ecommerce into their operations. The study commissioned by UPS Canada shows the

Published on: November 23rd, 2015 Lindsey Peacock

Lightspeed POS buys Dutch ecommerce provider SEOshop

Lightspeed POS, a cloud POS platform for retailers and restaurants, has bought Amsterdam-based eCommerce software company SEOshop, which it will use as the basis of its new ecommerce platform. Montreal-based Lightspeed, which provides sales

Published on: November 23rd, 2015 David Hamilton

SAP keeps talking about new SMB solution that’s only available in China

NEW YORK, NY – Something big seems to be coming from SAP. At its SME (small-medium enterprise) summit in New York City, the German software vendor spent much of its time discussing, yet

Published on: November 11th, 2015 Dave Yin

Shopify wants to bring Twitter’s ‘buy now’ button to Canada

Social media giant Twitter launched its 'buy now' button for retailers on Wednesday but, as usual, Canada will have to wait. Shopify is looking to change that though. Twitter first dipped its virtual

Published on: September 30th, 2015 Jeff Jedras