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Nov. 11, 2008 - Next spring, the Royal Bank of Canada, Visa and Rogers Wireless Inc. are launching a mobile payments pilot in downtown Toronto to examine how consumers will use cutting-edge technology that lets them wave a cellphone at a cashier rather than opening their purse or wallet. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Nov. 11, 2008 - Two fundamentally different Canadian Tire stores are now open in Welland and Orleans, Ontario. These two stores are the first of Canadian Tire's latest store format- the Smart store- and feature significant changes that leverage Canadian Tire's heritage businesses and unique product mix, as well as a Mark's Work Wearhouse offering to create an even more compelling shopping experience for customers.
Nov. 10, 2008 - The point of sale has always been a target for thieves. While they once went after the cash drawer, retailers now find themselves facing sophisticated networks of thieves intent on stealing credit card and debit card data and the identities of your customers. CSOonline.com reports. | READ MORE
Nov. 10, 2008 - Canadians are being asked to brace themselves for a lean few months that could see shoppers acting like Scrooge this holiday season. Canoe.ca reports. | READ MORE
Nov. 7, 2008 - Canada's first pre-holidays sale day is just three weeks away. Friday, November 28 has been designated "Red Day" in Canada to mirror the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend sales that lure many Canadians south of the border for the bargains.
Nov. 6, 2008 - Two of Canada's top retailers reported a jump in third-quarter results on Thursday as same-store sales climbed despite the effects of a global economic downturn. Reuters Canada reports. | READ MORE
Nov. 6, 2008 - Small merchants in the U.S. have long chafed at the fees they must pay banks every time a customer swipes a debit or credit card. But now, with business slowing and every dollar important to their bottom line, some merchants are pushing for changes. The New York Times reports. | READ MORE
Nov. 4, 2008 - Despite a challenging economy, slumping consumer confidence and negative headlines, Canadian retailers will still see a steady flow of customers this holiday season. But those customers will be picking up more modest gifts than in previous years, Ernst & Young says.
Nov. 3, 2008, Uvalde, TX — By themselves or as an ingredient in a variety of foods, including salsa, America’s top-selling condiment, peppers, have found a warm spot in the hearts and stomachs of U.S. consumers.
Nov. 3, 2008 - Time-strapped small business decision makers searching for an easily accessible forum to connect with peers, learn new trends and techniques, and grow their business through sales leads can now take refuge at Grand & Toy Empower, a new website.
Nov. 3, 2008 - When Wal-Mart relocates to a new town, the local economies may get a kick start but it's often small businesses that are put at risk. In response, these businesses to refocus and differentiate. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Oct. 31, 2008 - Just weeks ago, dining out, splurging on clothes and indulging in pricey gourmet coffees were done without a passing thought. But more Canadians hearing news about falling stock prices, job losses and a grim financial forecast are starting to embrace a new concept: saving. ReportOnBusiness.com reports. | READ MORE
Oct. 31, 2008 - Scotiabank has launched a one-stop web site to help time-strapped small business owners access valuable interactive business-building resources and tools, ask for expert advice and network.
Oct. 30, 2008 - Wal-Mart unveiled a new look for stores this week. Gone are the high shelves stuffed with so much it was hard for shoppers to find what they sought. Now, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is showing softer colors, understated shelving and employing a design intended to keep customers from having to dart all over a tremendous store to gather their purchases. The New York Times reports. | READ MORE
Oct. 30, 2008 - Rose enthusiasts from around the World are coming to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 18 to 24, 2009, for the internationally acclaimed World Rose Festival and Convention.

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