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Canadian Push 10-2-15


Canada's Couche-Tard plans to expand its Circle K convenience store brand globally to all 15,000 stores
Rebranding nearly 15,000 convenience stores globally under a single new Circle K banner for a chain that reaches six million customers a day and last year brought in revenues exceeding US$35 billion. The rebranding is bad news for those loyal to the 800 Mac's convenience stores across Canada, but Couche-Tard is ready to give up the sentimental attachment by taking its most dominant brand and expanding it globally, and Bernier says customers will hopefully gain a new fondness for Circle K.

Minimum wage going up Thursday in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
The new minimum wage in Alberta will be $11.20 per hour, up from $10.20, while the liquor server wage goes to $10.70 per hour from $9.20. The NDP government says it's a first step toward a $15 minimum wage by 2018. In Saskatchewan, minimum wage is going up by 30 cents to $10.50 an hour. Manitoba is also increasing its minimum wage by 30 cents to $11 an hour.

Manitobans making fewer shopping treks to U.S., says new survey
A total of 67 per cent of the people who are taking fewer trips said they're not crossing the border as much because of the value of the Canadian dollar. While the news is positive, Remillard said the impact on retailers is minimal because, according to Statistics Canada, cross-border shopping only accounts for two per cent of total retail sales in Canada.

Opinion: Fighting cybercrime
Payment technology experts are meeting in Vancouver this week. The cost of global cybercrime has soared to an estimated $465 billion US annually. This year alone 42.8 million cyberattacks are expected.
Nearly 40 per cent of Canadian businesses experienced cyberattacks in 2013. We've seen attacks in every sector - from retail, to online dating, to government. Increasingly, for any organization connected to the internet, it is not a question of if but when hackers will strike. This growing and pervasive threat of cybercrime puts customer information, and especially payment data at risk for compromise.

So how do we fight back against cybercrime? How do you protect your business and your customers? It comes down to three things: vigilance, technology and collaboration.

Thanksgiving Retail Hours
Thanksgiving is a statutory holiday in all provinces and territories. The following is a brief overview of retail business regulations from across the country, as related to Thanksgiving Day. More information on retail closing days can be found on the RCC website. Retail Council website/quickfacts/storehours

Canadian shoppers not keen on Black Friday - Boxing Day still #1
(The day after Christmas)
Despite Canadian retailers' efforts to cash in on the U.S. shopping craze of Black Friday, Canadians' enthusiasm for the sales event is low. According to a new survey by Mintel, just 12% of Canadians plan to buy the bulk of their holiday gifts on Black Friday. That's much lower than the 25% of U.S. shoppers who plan to do the majority of their holiday shopping on Black Friday.

Only 5% of Canadians plan to shop on Cyber Monday-the online version of Black Friday-compared to 8% of Americans.

Part of the reason is the relative newness of these sales events in Canada, having only been introduced in 2008, said Carol Wong-Li, senior analyst, lifestyles and leisure at Mintel. "I also think some people might be holding out for a better deal on Boxing Day. They think, 'why would I buy it now when it will be discounted [even more] later?' [Canadians] are used to lining up for those Boxing Day sales."

Asset Protection Coordinator (Saskatoon, Wholesale) for CO-OP, Federated Co-operatives Limited, posted in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Michaels three new GTA locations

Giant Tiger to move Ottawa distribution centre to Prescott

Retail Fast Facts: September 2015
● Total monthly retail sales changed by 2.4 per cent over the comparable month last year.
● Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 4.1 per cent over the comparable month last year. Read more.


Guelph, ON: Five arrested, $40,000 in stolen merchandise seized
in Organized Retail Crime operation
Two city residents face charges in connection with the local sale of items stolen from stores in the Toronto and Mississauga area. The Guelph Police arrested the suspects Tuesday after an early evening traffic stop along the Hanlon Expressway. Police have seized more than $3,000 in stolen property in connection with the investigation. On October 1 the Guelph Police executed a search warrant at their Greengate Road home. Police seized close to $40,000 worth of stolen clothing and a small quantity of Marihuana.

Vancouver, BC: Bystanders hold Mall parking lot shooting
suspect in until RCMP arrive
Witnesses to a shooting in Burnaby Wednesday night took matters into their own hands and restrained the suspect until police could arrive and take him into custody. And while Mounties are acknowledging that the bystanders' actions helped with the arrest, they're asking members of the public to leave police work to the police, who are trained in this type of risky situation. Investigators believe the shooting started with a fight between the suspect and a 26-year-old man in the parking lot of the Old Orchard Mall. The shooting victim, a Burnaby resident, was taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries, but has since been released.

Kitchener, ON: 10th area convenience store robbery this month reported
Waterloo Regional Police are investigating yet another robbery at a convenience store in Kitchener. The Little Short Stop at King Street East and Fairway Road was robbed at knifepoint around 5:20 p.m. Monday. According to police, a man entered the store, waited for other customers to leave, walked up to the counter, pulled out a knife and demanded cash and cigarettes. After that, the man left and headed for a nearby residential neighborhood.

Montreal: Molotov cocktail sets back of Saint-Laurent store on fire
A molotov cocktail was hurled through the back of a store in Little Italy, causing a fire. It happened around 2:50 a.m. Tuesday at the corner of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Mozart Avenue East.Arson fire behind a building, corner St-Laurent / Mozart. Under investigation by police. Authorities found two molotov cocktails at the scene. One of them was still intact.

Surrey, BC: Suspect sought in violent Surrey sex assault
After a two day manhunt, Surrey Mounties have been unable to locate the suspect in a violent sexual assault. Surrey RCMP is releasing images from a store surveillance video in an attempt to identify the suspect. He's accused of physically and sexually assaulting a woman in the woods near Fraser Highway and 140th Street. It happened Sunday around 4:30pm. The victim was treated at hospital, but the stranger accused of doing this to her is still on the lam.

Saskatchewan: Goat 'arrested' at Tim Hortons was possibly kidnapped
There's been a new development in the story of a goat found wandering outside a Tim Hortons this past weekend. Goliath the goat appears to have been kidnapped. The goat was found wandering into the Martensville, Sask. Tim Hortons Saturday night. Goliath was walking back and forth into the store using the shop's automatic front doors. Eventually, RCMP took the animal into custody, and left it at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. It appears the goat disappeared from the University of Saskatchewan Student Rodeo cabaret being held at a nearby country bar.

Grande Prarie, AB: RCMP searching for Armed Robbery suspect
Grande Prairie RCMP are on the lookout for a suspect after an armed robbery. Mounties say that just before 11:30AM Saturday, a lone man walked in to the Avondale Convenience Store with a can of bear mace, and ordered the clerk to hand over the money from the till. The clerk pressed the panic button to alarm police of the incident. The suspect then ripped the cash drawer out of the till, and ran off.

Thunder Bay, ON: Police are searching for two men involved in an
early morning Mac's store robbery
Two men, one of them armed with a hammer, robbed a Red River road Mac's location at about 5:25 a.m. Monday morning. The second man stood watch at the store entrance while the first was able to obtain a small amount of cash.

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