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Sep 21, 2016
Apparel , Retail

Election Distraction

With less than two months to go until the 2016 presidential election it is as if the circus has come to town. Regardless of your political affiliation, there is no denying that this presidential e...

Aug 30, 2016
Apparel , Retail

New Rules for Back-to-School and Beyond

Another school year is here and that means shopping for everything from pencils and pants, to comforters and coffeemakers. One-third of consumers purchase some kind of back-to-school related merch...

Jun 7, 2016
Apparel

Style Me!

Helping to fix my clothing conundrum When my maternity leave came to what seemed like a very quick end, I began to mentally prepare myself to return to the working world. This meant no more yoga ...

May 25, 2016
Apparel

Time to Realign

There is a growing gap between the retail world and the apparel consumer. The seasonal selling cycle is off, the emphasis on fashion vs. function is out of balance, and there is an overlooked oppo...

May 13, 2016
Apparel , Sports

We The North: Basketball Fever Sweeps Across Canada

Have you sent a text today? Of course! Chances are you’ve sent more texts than you have received calls. However, looking back to the last time the Toronto Raptors were in the second round of the NBA p...

Apr 18, 2016
Apparel

April Showers And The Email Flood

Springtime bloomed in stores months ago, though the season is only a few weeks old and, moreover, it hasn’t felt much like it in many parts of the country. For all this time, retailers’ heaps of promo...

Jan 21, 2016
Apparel

Holiday Shopping Remorse

Despite the abundance of promotions designed to lure consumers to shop early and often throughout the 2015 holiday shopping season, the final sales results have been mixed. In reality, there may have ...

Feb 5, 2014
Apparel , Sports

Activewear Is Not Just For Athletes Anymore

Have you noticed just how many people are walking the streets or shopping the stores in sweat pants?  How about the number of people wearing yoga pants (by day and by night) to the gym, in the gym, an...

Dec 1, 2013
Apparel , Retail

What’s Selling So Far?

Holiday weekend shopping results (Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Saturday) are looking good for both brick and click retailers. The top ten categories that scored well are filled with a few surprises...