2015 predictions: The future of Canadian retail

In 2015, the face of retail in Canada will drastically change into showroom style boutiques and branded ecosystems - creating new opportunities for brands, distributors and retailers to engage consumers in-person and virtually

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 16th, 2014 Ashley Huffman

Why IBM i Systems Security is No Longer an Absolute and What To Do About It

Remember the 400? If you're reading this, I'll bet you have at least a passing familiarity with IBM's midrange systems. On June 21, 1988, IBM introduced the Application System/400 (AS/400) and it changed

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 1st, 2014 Claudiu Popa

‘Phygital retailing’ with Canadian Tire’s Rex Lee

Canadian Tire just launched the digital version of its famous money, but the physical bills that have been around since 1958 are sticking around too. According to Rex Lee, the vice president of

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: October 30th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Digital signage solutions spur customer engagement, interaction

At the Digital Trends Showcase in Toronto, the next generation in digital signage is about more than just displaying images - it seeks to be interactive and engaging. Adidas and its golf line

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: October 8th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Quri offers Impact on retail promotions

Retail intelligence company Quri Inc. on Wednesday announced the availability of Impact aimed at measuring the performance of in-store promotions for consumer packaged goods (CPG) retailers. Impact performs real-time analysis of store conditions data

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: October 3rd, 2014 Dave Webb

Quetzal offers iPad-based POS for clothing boutique shops

When Toronto children's clothing store Whistle Kids set up shop a year ago it was considering a point of sales (POS) system that its much larger competitors use, figuring it would need that

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: October 2nd, 2014 Brian Jackson

Paper, plastic, or Apple Pay: should you support the mobile payments option?

One weekend, 10 million sales. That’s how big Apple’s latest iPhone launch has been so far, with both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus flying off store shelves, often briskly outpacing demand. The

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: September 23rd, 2014 Brian Jackson

Consumers want to see value in exchange for mobile tracking: study

Ask consumers if you can track them in the retail environment and they might quip a phrase from Jerry Maguire in response: "Show me the money." At least that's what a PunchTab study

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 24th, 2014 Brian Jackson

iBeacon opportunity goes far beyond retail: ABI Research

Both Apple's iBeacon and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices in general have become popular in the retail market during this past year, but that's only setting the stage for this new location-detecting technology's

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 14th, 2014 Brian Jackson

6 signs your web host is hurting your business

If your business website isn't doing well, suffers from customer complaints, or doesn't work the way you envisioned, you shouldn't blame your design or even your web masters. It's possible that your web

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 3rd, 2014 Joseph Stark

iBeacon: Apple’s stealth technology nears breakthrough in location-based marketing area

When Apple Inc. launches something, it's not usually a quiet affair. A typical launch-day event for a new iPhone, iPad, or MacBook will see San Francisco's Yuerba Buena Gardens packed with media live

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 22nd, 2014 Brian Jackson

Canadian ‘daily deals’ association resists recommendations to set industry standards

The recommendation of a government-funded study that Canadian deals websites form an industry body to create a common set of standards for issues such as refunds and expiry dates isn't necessary, according to

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 10th, 2014 Brian Jackson

Shopify brings POS to Canada, offers offline-only option

Ottawa-based Shopify Inc. is bringing its point-of-sales (POS) hardware and service to its native country of Canada after a successful launch in the U.S. and is also making a bricks and mortar-only Shopify

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 2nd, 2014 Brian Jackson

Digital marketing strategy at Alex and Ani

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - You might be familiar with the charm bracelets sold by retailer Alex and Ani. The bracelets can be accessorized with countless charms available for purchase - whether its

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 27th, 2014 Brian Jackson