CFI, Director of Resource Protection,
West 49 Inc. On –
The merchant/buying group will need to be aware of Provincial laws
relevant to consumer protection. For
example, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) conducts
audits to protect the public from potential hazards relating to the use
of upholstered and stuffed articles sold in Ontario. Quebec and Manitoba
have similar legislation. Basically, if the article you are selling is
stuffed, the product has very specific label requirements that you must
meet. If you are an apparel retailer you might think this is for
mattresses, down comforters, etc and has nothing to do with you. Think
again – if your company sells winter jackets, gloves, backpacks or
anything with an extra layer of padding or filling material this program
applies to you. My company has been targeted by TSSA audits every
Back-to-school season that I can remember. You’ll need to be aware of
the steps to take and have a designated person within your organization
responsible for coordinating your vendors/manufacturers for correction
of compliance issues, within 30-days of the audit.
On a side note
Canada has been refining and strengthening their safety regulations as
well over the last few years and the
Retail Council of Canada plays a vital role in helping retailers with
their safety efforts. For more information contact Matthew Hall, Senior
Manager, Member Programs at 416-922-0553, Ext. 319, or at
the largest convenience store operator in the
world, is planning on
taking a "Big Gulp" of the Ontario marketplace. The
company is set to announce this week at the International Council of Shopping Centres Conference that from 2012 to 2016 it will open up to 200 new corporate
stores in Ontario, with a major focus on the Greater Toronto Area. The expansion
is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The move would boost its stable of
stores by almost 50% in Canada where it now has 467 locations. 7-Eleven has
43,500 stores worldwide, but has a limited profile in the lucrative Toronto
market. Now populated with mostly mom & pop c-stores, 7-Eleven will be
successful in this growth spree.
7-Eleven Inc. is joining the Canadian Push,
With the pressure on every Canadian Retailer, the CEO of the Bay joins the Sears
CEO in "working fast to revamp that retailer" as well.
"Her fast-paced refashioning of the fatigued Bay" is pressured by her having to
get it done quickly because of their impending IPO next spring and "before
burgeoning competition overtakes her efforts." With Nordstrom and Target coming
to town, she has very little time to raise the sales per square foot number from
$165, before she arrived, to $200 and beyond, closer to top U.S.
department-store levels. Seems like the big anchors in Canada are soft and
they're already running fast to improve even before the big Canadian Push really
begins. Is this merely a sign of the big boxes needing to re-tool or is it a
sign that the Canadian consumer just isn't spending the money. If the latter is
true, then the Canadian Push could become the Canadian Mistake for some.
Chapters, is trying "to become the world's first lifestyle store for book
lovers," and is changing
the very essence of what we all define as a book store and is making massive
changes with expanded "lifestyle products" like home goods and apparel. In an
economy in which bookstores, from the major chains down to the small-town
independent stores, are closing at an alarming rate, Indigo has found a way to
meet the demands of its customers by being more than just about books.
Obviously, the publishers are not happy with the sweeping changes in what has
proven to be the largest retail book outlet for consumers in Canada, but
supporters of the stores and its new model are quick to point out that the
bookseller is simply trying to survive in the digital era; of course, the
publishers themselves are also trying to survive the ebook revolution, and
losing some of their allies won't help.
Canadians placed 114 million online orders for goods or services worth $15.3
billion in 2010.
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