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Canadian Push 10-23-15


Target begins international shipping test; Canada laughs
Target Corp. is testing an international website where foreign residents can have Target merchandise shipped to their homes. One of dozens of international websites is for Canada. Canadian shoppers are, once again, unimpressed with Target. The Canadian website is getting skewered by Canadian press, experts and consumers, who are discovering high shipping costs and unavailable products. The website won't win back Canadian hearts, McMaster University marketing professor Mandeep Malik told CBC. "My instinctive reaction [is] that this is something that we will collectively laugh about, like really?" she said.

Canadian Cities Could Soon Have More Luxury Department Stores than in U.S.
With Holt Renfrew's expansion and Saks Fifth Avenue's arrival in February, Canadian cities could soon boast a higher concentration of luxury department stores per capita than most American cities. For comparison, we analysed American metropolitan areas housing Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York stores. Remarkably, most large U.S. regions have fewer luxury department stores, per capita, than the Canadian cities listed above.

Canada Post embracing e-commerce with modern pickup centres -
Reinventing Itself
The brightly lit store, which opened this month in an open-air mall in Richmond Hill, has self-serve kiosks for parcels and postage, a drive-through for package pickups - and even a change room for online shoppers to try on their e-commerce fashion purchase so they can return it if it doesn't work. The test store, and two more to open next year in Edmonton and Vancouver, is designed to cater to young digital shoppers on whom Canada Post is betting heavily in an era of dwindling snail mail. "The entire place is focusing on e-commerce so we can solidify our position in e-commerce ... The e-commerce world is changing so fast." Canada Post is counting on cashing in on the growing appetite for e-commerce to help revive its business.

Nordstrom Rack Plans Canadian Fall 2017 Debut - With 20 Rack Stores Planned
It will face competition from Saks Fifth Avenue's Saks OFF 5TH, which plans to open approximately 25 Canadian stores. Nordstrom has indicated that much of the product carried in its Canadian Rack stores will be from its full-line Canadian stores, as opposed to OFF 5TH which primarily carries made-for-outlet product. 

Saks recently revealed that it would open a 30,000 square foot OFF 5TH at Calgary's CrossIron Mills in September of 2016, and sources say that OFF 5TH has secured space in all three major Western Canadian metropolitan areas, with announcements expected to be made shortly. Saks OFF 5TH's first Canadian locations will open next spring in Ottawa (Tanger Outlets Ottawa), Niagara-on-the-Lake (Outlet Collection at Niagara) and at Vaughan Mills, north of Toronto.

Nordstrom Reveals Two Toronto Store Opening Dates
Nordstrom's CF Toronto Eaton Centre flagship, measuring 213,000 square feet, will open on Friday, September 16, 2016. Nordstrom's 191,000 square foot Yorkdale Shopping Centre location is scheduled to open on October 21, 2016.

Online grocer Penguin Fresh launches pick-up kiosks at mall parking lots
It is now being tested at two malls in Toronto and launched recently at a site near a Wal-Mart store just outside the city, in Vaughan, Ont. Soon the service will be operating at five locations.

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


Vancouver, BC: Three Arrested in Large-Scale Fencing Operation; $100,000 in stolen property recovered
In August and September of 2015, the VPD Anti-Fencing Unit acted on information police received regarding the owners of a convenience store on King George Boulevard in Surrey and that the business was merely a front for a fencing operation. It was alleged that large quantities of property, stolen in Vancouver, was being bought, sold, and ordered at this business. Among the stolen items, police seized 3,500 razor blades stolen from local Metro Vancouver pharmacies, including London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart. The operation functioned as a "predatory fence," purchasing property from drug addicts who were stealing to support their habit. It was also a "distribution fence," purchasing stolen property from known professional thieves and organized retail crime groups. The stolen goods were then resold to other retailers, sent overseas, or further distributed at flea markets. Investigators executed search warrants at the business, as well as two residences, all located in Surrey. Police seized $10,000 in cash and well over $100,000 in stolen property.

Whitecourt, AB: Police chase leads to 2 Arrests in the
Armed Robbery of Audrinna's Jeweller's
Two men were charged after a police vehicle and foot pursuit following an alleged armed jewelry store robbery in Whitecourt on Monday afternoon, Oct. 19. RCMP charged 25-year-old Carl Gerard Snow of Whitecourt and 20-year-old Bradley Dieter Bender of Cherhill with several offences including robbery with a firearm, possessing a prohibited firearm, being disguised while committing an offence, possessing a stolen vehicle. RCMP said they received a 911 call at 4:48 p.m. while the robbery was in progress at Audrinna's Jeweller's. One of the two suspects entered the store wearing a balaclava and threatened the clerks with a firearm. He broke a display case and took several pieces of jewelry. The suspects fled the scene in a pickup truck. Following a short Police chase, 2 men were apprehended with the assistance of Police K9.

Yorkdale's Jimmy Choo store hit by same shoplifter twice
Toronto police have released security camera images of a woman accused of shoplifting a designer wallet and a purse from a store at Yorkdale Mall. Police allege that last Friday at about 11 a.m., a woman walked out of Yorkdale's Jimmy Choo store with a purse worth $2,300 that she did not pay for. On Monday at about 11:25 a.m., police allege the same woman stole a wallet from the store worth about $1,500. The woman is described as 35 to 45 years old, with a medium build and dark hair. She was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue pants and a beige coat. Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to contact police at 416-808-3200, or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 (TIPS).

Stephenville, NF: Canadian Tire Reports a Trailer break-in, tires stolen
Members of the Bay St. George RCMP are investigating a report on Monday of theft from the Canadian Tire Store property on Prince Rupert Drive in Stephenville. A report was received at 9:51 a.m. that a tractor trailer on the property was broken into and a number of tires stolen sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning.

Hamilton, ON: Fentanyl stolen at knifepoint from Pharmacy
Hamilton police are warning the public about the potentially deadly effects of taking unprescribed fentanyl after a knifepoint robbery at a pharmacy. Police say a lone suspect entered the John Street South pharmacy shortly before 10:30 a.m. Monday, approached an employee while brandishing a knife and demanded narcotics. He fled with an undisclosed quantity of fentynal patches.

Surrey, BC: Police staying tight-lipped about incident at strip mall
Surrey RCMP were investigating an incident outside a strip mall on Scott Road on Tuesday morning. Police tape was up and one officer was guarding the area overnight. Mounties were called to 80th Avenue Tuesday morning following reports of an altercation. According to people at the scene, a man was stabbed and a second person may have been injured as well.

New Minas, NS: Police arrest a thief who hit at least 2 stores and a Gas Station
RCMP received a call about a theft from a local business in Greenwood Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. A male shoplifter had left the store with two carts full of merchandise, got into his vehicle and drove away. He took a generator, blender and vacuums from the store in Greenwood. He left the area and headed to another store in New Minas, where he also filled a cart with items, mainly tools, and left without paying. He then proceeded to a gas station in New Minas where he put gas in his vehicle and drove away without paying. With the assistance of Windsor RCMP, the vehicle in question was stopped and a 52-year-old Dartmouth male was arrested and is facing theft charges, possession of stolen property charges and operating a motor vehicle while disqualified charges.

Toronto 'romance scam' linked to $5B FBI fraud probe
Three GTA men have been arrested in connection with an alleged cross-border money laundering scheme totaling $5 billion, including a man accused of posing as a UN ambassador. Toronto Police made the link back in 2014 when they started investigating what they call a "romance scam." It involved a 63-year-old widow from Toronto who was allegedly defrauded of approximately $609,000. Peel Regional Police arrested Ikechukwu Amadi and Lineo Molefe on Oct. 7. Both are charged with laundering the proceeds of crime and fraud over $5,000. That investigation led to the arrest of a third man who police believe is a member of a transnational criminal organization known as The Black Axe or Neo-Black Movement of Africa. Akohomen Ighedoise, 41, of Toronto, is charged with laundering the proceeds of crime, fraud over $5000, and participating in a criminal organization. Police allege the Black Axe or Neo-Black Movement is intimidating members of the Nigerian community in the GTA to extort money. Ighedoise and Amadi are among six people indicted by the FBI in connection with a $5 billion money laundering scheme involving wire transfers. Ighedoise also allegedly posed as a UN ambassador with forged identification dating back to 2011. He also allegedly used the alias Martin Acker or Martins Acker Jr. to interact with people online.

Canadian Push 10-23-15
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