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Combating Counterfeit Products Act will give Border Services Agency and RCMP new enforcement tools  The recently introduced Combating Counterfeit Products Act will give the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) new enforcement tools to better protect Canadians and Canadian businesses against commercial-scale counterfeiting and piracy activities, both at the border and domestically. Changes to the Act will also prohibit the sale, distribution, possession, importing and exporting of counterfeit goods for the purpose of trade, which will enable the RCMP to seize counterfeit goods. These activities will be subject to fines and penalties. (Source

Canada has a "real and acute labor shortage in certain sectors and regions" in the low-skill service and retail jobs  And the retail sector is hardest hit. In Alberta they even started a program last April that allows approved companies to hire temporary foreign workers at 15% less than Canadian residents in order to staff the positions. However, this is a regulated and controlled program, and some are saying is being abused. (Source

Canada feeling third wave of retail invasion 
Six new international brands will be opening in Canada this fall as part of an ongoing expansion at one of North America's most productive malls. Yorkdale Shopping Centre, a Toronto mall prized by incoming international retailers for its industry-high sales per square footage, is adding six additional new-to-Canada brands in 2013, including jeweller David Yurman, Zara Home, and fashion boutiques All Saints, John Varvatos, Mulberry and White House Black Market. The expansion furthers a third wave of U.S. and international retailers that began taking to this market in earnest two years ago in the wake of Target's announcement it would open stores in Toronto, a wave bolstered by a Canadian retail economy that has outperformed the U.S. since the recession. (Source

Canada's biggest Department store Hudson's Bay is doing the same thing everyone in the States is doing - stores-within-stores  With a new branding effort and logo, Hudson’s Bay Co. is pushing ahead with its reinvention and ambitious merchandising plans just as competition heats up in Canadian retailing. Richard Baker, the U.S. real estate mogul and HBC’s chief executive officer, is spearheading a raft of initiatives to shore up the retailer’s position as the country’s top seller of women’s shoes while introducing five more British-based cheap-chic Topshop store-within-stores. They own Lord & Taylor as well. (Source

There are plenty of reasons for Canada-U.S. price gap - Best article published about the Price Gap!  From tariffs, smaller population density, lack of competition, higher minimum wages, lack of technological investments, lower productivity, higher transportation costs, more complex packaging requirements, this is the article you want to read to learn the real reasons for the huge price discrepancies between the States and Canada. (Source

The dollar store industry in Canada is booming too! Dollarama posting "record results" in 4Q  With same store sales up 4.6% for the 4Q and sales up 19.9%. Dollarama now has 785 locations across the country and had a same store sales growth for the 52 week period of 6.5%. (Source

RCMP raid an East Hamilton Flea Market: seized $100,000 of counterfeit merchandise. Two men were arrested and three other vendors were shut down following a raid conducted by the RCMP in East Hamilton. Confiscated items included fake sunglasses, jewelry, jeans, purses and DVDs. (Source

RCMP seeing a dramatic rise in Shoplifting cases; Merchants taking additional steps to combat the common crime.  Additional Associate training and strategies are being developed by area merchants to catch and prosecute shoplifters. Wider aisles and increased staff walking and talking to customers was the solution for one Pharmacy store. Other retailers are facing additional loss prevention increased costs and adding additional surveillance equipment. Whatever the solution is, more merchants are making every associate aware of the cost shoplifting has on their business. (Source

Halifax man busted for 56 fraud-related charges involving gift cards 
An investigation into an alleged credit card scam led police to Curtis Jay Fountain, 19, who was initially arrested on March 24 and charged with three counts of fraud. Police continued their investigation into the scam, which led them to allege that Fountain was connected to 10 other fraud-related cases where stolen credit cards were used to buy gift cards. This led to 53 additional fraud charges. The alleged scheme involved a person buying gift cards. When the person presented a credit card to pay for them, the cashier was told it was maxed out and given an authorization code that enabled the transaction to be completed. (Source

ORC gang of five busted stealing thousands, operating across Canada  Four people face a slew of charges and a fifth is sought in connection with an alleged retail theft ring suspected of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of goods from businesses in the Toronto area and across the country. It is alleged that the people operated in groups of two to four, targeting display cases at a variety of retail outlets including electronics and jewelry stores," Det. Colleen Northmore said Thursday. "One person would distract store employees while the remaining people opened locked display cases with a key to remove items." The accused are believed to be behind nine thefts in Toronto and have links to similar thefts in York, Peel, and Halton regions, as well as Hamilton, Ottawa, Alberta and B.C. (Source

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