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The North American Greenhouse/Hothouse Vegetable Growers (NAGHVG), an association formed after three years of research and review to protect and support superior standards of excellence in food safety and quality, has developed its own certification standards.
Sept. 29, 2008 - Armstrong Garden Centers in U.S. has opened a new store designed for its next generation of customers.
Sept. 29, 2008 - Despite a small uptick in Canadian retail sales in July, the retail sector is not likely to heat up any time soon, economists say, pointing to weakening consumer confidence, cooling housing and labour markets and a volatile worldwide financial sector. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 29, Toronto - Credit card fees, inventory management, employee attraction and retention, managing cash flow and marketing their business are the top five issues facing GTA's independent retailers.
Sept. 29, 2008 - Lowe's Cos. Inc. told investors last week it is scaling down the size of most new stores and eyeing even smaller locations in some rural areas as it tries to operate more efficient sites. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 29, 2008 - Wal-Mart Canada Corp. today joined all Wal-Mart operations worldwide in a global commitment to reduce plastic shopping bag waste by an average of 33 per cent per store by 2013.
Sept. 29, 2008 - Fafard recently announced a new commercial partnership with Nutrite during the company's open house event on Aug. 27.
Sept. 26, 2008 - Big-box stores and national chains may be front-and-centre when it comes to visibility, but they actually account for a minority of all the retail establishments in Canada. Small retailers can thrive if they try and work their independent advantages. The Ottawa Citizen reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 26, 2008 - Tough times mean that consumers may turn away from small independents and head to big box chain stores in search of savings this upcoming holiday season. But it doesn't have to be that way if small merchants focus on their strengths and stay out of a price war with larger rivals. RetailWire reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 25, 2008 - The Internet has proved a powerful equalizer for small businesses. But entrepreneurs can't just build Web sites these days - they have to build great ones that truly snag viewers and turn them into paying customers. Forbes.com reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 25, 2008, Vancouver - Four of Canada's leading retail associations have endorsed a plan to significantly reduce the number of plastic bags distributed in British Columbia over the next five years.
Sept. 24, 2008 - Canadian consumers are shopping more carefully and taking full advantage of special offers, but they're not systematically "trading down" to cheaper products and stores the way consumers are in the U.S., some Canadian retailers insist. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 24, 2008 - Retail sales in Calgary will balloon to $29.3 billion a year by 2012, about a $6.5 billion increase from this year according to the Conference Board of Canada. The Calgary Herald reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 24, 2008 - There is extremely rapid upward mobility in the retail sector today. Long gone are the days of slogging away for years in the same low-paid position, particularly in a strong economy. Canada.com reports. | READ MORE

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