the last six months the RCMP has seized tens of million of dollars worth of
counterfeit knockoff goods that are actually endangering the public health.
Now Canadians are buying counterfeit makeup, perfume, shampoo and other
health and beauty products that are counterfeit and endangering their
health. "We've estimated that counterfeiters would quadruple their money on
a load of counterfeit goods. And that's a conservative estimate," said RCMP
Insp. Todd Gilmore. He said almost half of all knockoff goods seized are
health and beauty products that people apply to their hair and skin or rub
around their eyes, nose and mouth. "Counterfeiters have no regard for your
health and safety. They just want to maximize their profits. Who knows how
this was produced." Great video and article.
Older Canadians are dominating the labor-market gains in recent years with
the 60+ group accounting for 1/3 of net job gains.
Canada leads the G-8 in aging population and ranks 1st over the U.S.
and the 2008 recession hit them even harder and has sent many of them back
to work to supplement their incomes. We'll see older workforces in Canada
populating a larger number of the retail jobs especially in the new stores.
easy days are over," is the title of a new internal report from the Retail
Council of Canada to its members. "Retailers foresee slow growth, no
Canadian retailers, hurt by rising competition and a reluctance by consumers
to spend, have a dire warning about their predicament: It's not going to get
better any time soon."
Canada's #1 grocer LobLaw is launching a new rewards card next year to catch
up to rivals and get ready for Target's red card.
Target starts their year-long effort to win the Canadian shoppers with a
pop-up store of Wu's collections in Toronto and that's just the beginning.
John Morioka, Target Canada’s senior vice-president of merchandising says,
"we definitely see the opportunity to do unique events to help educate
Canadians as to what they can expect when we enter in 2013." The pop-ups are
also a way to keep the Target brand in the minds of shoppers as existing
Canadian retailers get ready for the fight of their lives.
J Crew announces 3 new stores in Canada - Vancouver- Edmonton and Toronto.
They were the ones who really took consumer heat for their
prices when they entered last year.
Tory Burch, an American luxury retailer of women's apparel and accessories,
plans to set up an outlet in Toronto, Canada
With 54 stores in the U.S. and a strong wholesale division
they're pushing north as well. Of interesting note is that they're currently
doing an outside review of their loss prevention program and the root causes
RCMP bust 8 in 600,000 cigarettes smuggling ring in Quebec
The end of an investigation that started in the summer of 2011, the RCMP
also seized $4,000 in cash, 80 counterfeit tablets to treat erectile
dysfunction and seven vehicles used as part of the smuggling. These usually
end up being sold out of mom and pop c-stores.
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