Looking for new markets? Consider China, Jack Ma and Justin Trudeau tell businesses

TORONTO – Canadian businesses – small, medium, and enterprise alike – looking for new markets should consider the 300 million middle class Chinese eager to purchase high-quality products from the Great White North.

Published on: October 2nd, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Mobile key to reaching customers during holiday season, Google tells retailers

It's never too early for retailers to start planning for the holiday shopping season, and Google Inc. wants to help. During an Aug. 16 presentation organized by the Mountain View, Calif. search giant's

Published on: August 17th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Open your online store to international customers with Stripe’s new offering

Online businesses in Canada can now accept payments in more than 130 currencies from anywhere in the world, thanks to San Francisco-based fintech startup Stripe. Last week the company launched a multicurrency service

Published on: March 6th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Why eBay’s leading the charge to increase Canada’s de minimis threshold

Note: Updated on Feb. 22 to incorporate comments from the Retail Council of Canada. Few business expenses annoy Sudbury, Ont.-based eBay store owner Christine Deslauriers more than the import fees she's forced to

Published on: February 21st, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

More than 90% of online shoppers aren’t planning to buy anything either

It's a well-documented fear among bricks-and-mortar retailers that many of the future customers who walk through their doors are "showrooming" - examining something they'd like to buy in the real world before purchasing

Published on: February 10th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

How we shopped: analyzing Black Friday and Cyber Monday trends

The U.S. Thanksgiving weekend has come to symbolize the beginning of the holiday shopping season with the much-hyped Black Friday and Cyber Monday offering deals aimed to lure consumers into their stores. Lucky for retailers,

Published on: December 1st, 2015 David Hamilton

Rare.io launches automated predictive email marketing solution

Rare.io of Ottawa is targeting retailers looking to make better use of email marketing to drive repeat business with a new automated predictive email marketing solution. According to the vendor, the solution uses

Published on: September 25th, 2015 Jeff Jedras

Canadian Tire adds digital notes to its bricks-and-mortar playlist

At a time when many retailers are downsizing stores or going completely virtual, Canadian Tire is trying to weave some digital reinforcement into the foundations of its physical stores without shutting them down.

Published on: July 29th, 2015 Christine Wong

Retailers give individual shoppers different prices

When you go online and check out the various online bazaars displaying their wares, what you may not know is e-retailers sometimes 'personalize' their pricing. That means person X might get a different

Published on: November 11th, 2014 Candice So

How SMBs can win e-commerce sales during the holidays

Halloween had just barely wrapped up when the pumpkins were whisked away, the candy all eaten, and stores started putting up trees and tinsel ahead of Christmas. It may seem a little early,

Published on: November 4th, 2014 Candice So

Canadian SMBs know their e-commerce, but struggle with CASL

Small businesses in Canada may have figured out that online commerce is important to them – but when it comes to online communications, they’re still at a loss, according to a new survey.

Published on: October 6th, 2014 Candice So

5 tips for optimizing – and kicking ‘best practices’ to the curb

It’s a difficult balance to strike – whenever ‘best practices’ come up, it’s hard for marketers to upset the status quo and say they want to try something new. But the concept of

Published on: September 22nd, 2014 Candice So

#FollowFriday – 3 analysts in wearables, social media, and mobile payments

Every Follow Friday, we round up a list of people with active Twitter accounts, ones that we feel are worth a click on the 'follow' button. This week, we're focusing on analysts who

Published on: September 11th, 2014 Candice So

Toronto startup helps brides find the perfect dress, by fit and fabric

For some brides-to-be, wedding dress shopping might be exhilarating – but it also takes a lot of time and patience to find the perfect-fitting dress. Enter Wedding Reality Inc., a Toronto-based startup aiming

Published on: September 5th, 2014 Candice So