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Sept. 22, 2008 - According to a new survey from the National Research Network, the perception that gift cards are impersonal is the top inhibitor for consumers purchasing gift cards, with nearly half of respondents citing that as a factor. RetailWire.com reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 22, 2008 - A new survey reveals that 41 per cent of baby boomers have visited social networks such as MySpace or Facebook and 61 per cent have been to sites with streaming or downloadable videos such as YouTube. RetailWire.com reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 22, 2008 - It may be a tough economy, but female shoppers are more apt to buy cheaper over-the-counter cough syrup to save money than to scrimp on food for Fido.
Sept. 16, 2008 - The 2008 CanWest Hort Show kicks off tomorrow at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre and runs from Sept. 17-18. Swing by the Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery booth (number 1122) at the show and come say hello!
September 15, 2008 — The Royal Niagara Golf Course in Niagara-on-the Lake was the site of the seventh annual Specialties Robert Legault Charity Golf Tournament. The event was a huge success and helped raise over $10,000.
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SRL tourney total tops 10,000 dollars

The Royal Niagara Golf Course in Niagara-on-the Lake was the site of the seventh annual Specialties Robert Legault Charity Golf Tournament. The event was a huge success and helped raise over 10,000 dollars.
Sept. 15, 2008 - Retailers’ summer started off with a bang but ended with a whimper. According to the National Retail Federation, retail industry sales for August decreased 0.3 per cent seasonally adjusted month-to-month and increased 1.1 per cent unadjusted over last year.
Sept. 12, 2008 - Alberta will eliminate expiry dates and inactivity fees for gift cards starting Nov. 1, making sure they keep their full value whenever they are redeemed. CBC.ca reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 11, 2008, Toronto - The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and a coalition of like-minded associations have launched "www.StopStickingItToUs.com", a national campaign against Big Credit Card companies and the banks that issue their cards that have been imposing skyrocketing hidden credit card fees on all Canadians.
Sept. 11, 2008 - This year's Proven Winners Roadshow kicks off on Oct. 7 in Winnipeg and then heads south to the U.S. for a month-long tour.
Sept. 11, 2008 - The city of Toronto is considering tough action to curb waste generated by overly packaged consumer products. From an outright ban on materials used in food takeout to a tax on retail plastic bags to a city-run deposit-return program, all options are on the table. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 11, 2008 - RONA inc. is announcing it will stop selling synthetic pesticides for cosmetic use in all its stores across Canada beginning July 1, 2009.
Sept. 11, 2008 - The Toronto Congress Centre will play host to two different horticulture industry conferences on Monday Oct. 20 as a prelude to Landscape Ontario’s Garden and Florist Expo on Oct. 21-22.
Sept. 11, 2008, Milton, Ont. - Industry-led efforts are underway to divert horticultural plastic in a recycling program stakeholders hope to take national. The goal is to collect trade-generated waste, including pots, trays, tags, pipes and greenhouse poly, as well as offering depots for consumers to recycle garden plastic.
Sept. 10, 2008 - An article on AdAge.com explores how employee word-of-mouth can serve as an advertising tool for businesses. RetailWire.com reports. | READ MORE

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