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Canadian Push 11-21-14


Shopping season in Canada sees increase in shoplifting
It's a problem that costs Canadian retailers $3.6B dollars, which is magnified around the holidays. Even though Canada doesn't traditionally see the mayhem that comes with door crashing in the U.S., the increased traffic can lead to challenges. There are no numbers to show specifically how much is stolen during the holidays, but the yearly losses are staggering.

DSW launching Canadian e-commerce site and stores in conjunction with 49.% purchase of Canada's Town Shoes  Town Shoes President and CEO Bruce Dinan runs DSW's Canadian operations. In April of 2014, DSW bought a 49.2% stake in Town Shoes, paving the way for DSW's entry into Canada. Buying Town Shoes was a strategic move on the part of DSW. Not only does DSW gain Town Shoes' Canadian market expertise, it also secures its pre-existing national distribution network. The 62 year old Town Shoes brand will also continue to grow and expand in Canada, as will company-owned The Shoe Company, Shoe Warehouse, and Sterling Shoes.

Walmart Canada lays off 210 head office, field management employees
Walmart Canada says it has laid off 210 people, most at its head office in Mississauga, Ont., just west of Toronto. The retail giant handed out the pink slips earlier Tuesday, with both management and non-management positions affected.

Will they stay or go? Target's future in Canada far from certain
Target's most senior leaders said this week every single store across its struggling Canadian chain must make a "step-change" in performance. Dictionaries define step-change as a significant improvement. For a chain that has rapidly inflated to 133 stores and is burning through cash in the process, the pressure is accelerating. It's perhaps mostly intensely coming from inside Target and at the very top. Brian Cornell, Target's new leader, said Wednesday he is evaluating now whether the money-losing Canadian chain is worth keeping, and will provide an updated view "early next year."

Target Corp. says Christmas sales could make or break Canadian operation

Sears Canada more than doubles net loss in Q3

Canadian holiday retail sales expected to be up 3.3% and hit $33B

1 in 3 Canadian consumers will shop Black Friday, Cyber Monday

Vancouver Police warn drug users after East Vancouver pharmacy robbed

Security Guard Tasered at Polo Park Mall in Winnipeg, CN
A man attempting to make off with $380 in merchandise from a Polo Park department store Tasered a security guard who tried to stop him on Sunday. Winnipeg police were called to Polo Park Shopping Centre at around 12:10 p.m., where a loss prevention officer tried to stop the man as he was leaving the store without paying. The suspect began to fight with the officer when two other guards came to his aid. The suspect used a Taser and stunned one of the guards in the lower body. Despite the scuffle, the suspect was able to be held for police. Michael William Redden, 23, of Winnipeg has been charged with three counts of assault with a weapon, theft under $5,000, carrying a concealed weapon or ammunition, unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon and possession of a weapon.

Toronto Police Release CCTV Footage in $500,000 Jewelry Store Robbery Two men in Canada, who wore burkas and robbed a jewelry store in Toronto, are "very difficult" to be identified. Staff Inspector Mike Earl spoke about the hurdles of the identification, while police released the CCTV footage of the robbery on Wednesday, Nov 19. Mona-Clara Jewellers in the York Mills Rd. and Leslie St. area was robbed at 11 am on Oct 14. The robbers were covered from head to toe when they took jewelry worth $500,000 from the store. It took them less than five minutes to perform the entire act. One burka-clad man took out a handgun, while the other locked the main door with the help of a female employee, The Star reported. They eventually left the store through the back door. According to police, there could be a getaway car waiting for them. Earl said that there was not much to help the investigation as the robbers were completely covered. However, what could give an outside chance of identifying the offenders is the amount of jewellery they took on that day. "The biggest clue is going to be the amount of jewelry they took that day, whether they're bragging to family members and friends, or if somebody saw something that jogs their memory," Earl said. One of the suspects is believed to be 6' 3'' tall, while the other who seemed to be black, was 5' 11". One of them forced an employee to open the display case, while both of them took a number of jewels off it and put those in their bags. The CCTV footage released by police also shows one of the robbers clearing out the cabinets, The Globe and Mail reported.

Man charged with Robbing Birks Jewelry stores in 2012, 2002
One man has been tracked down and charged with the armed robbery of jewelry stores going back to 2002. Laval police arrested 46-year-old Dimitrios Batzakis this week and he was in court Thursday to be charged with the crimes. Raids were conducted in multiple locations including Ste. Adele, St. Jerome, Val-Morin and Montreal. Batzakis is accused of the armed robbery of a Birks jewelry store in Laval in 2012, and with robbing another Birks store in St. Bruno in 2002, and making off with more than $1,000,000 in jewelry. In July 2012, two men smashed display cases at Carrefour Laval and grabbed jewelry before fleeing the store. At the time witnesses said one of the two men was armed with a handgun. A Birks store in Pointe Claire was robbed by a gang last week.

Retail Fast Facts: October 2014

● Total monthly retail sales changed by 2.5 per cent over the comparable month last year.
● Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 3.1 per cent over the comparable month last year.

Canadian Push 11-21-14
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