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PW Roadshow begins in Winnipeg
This year’s Proven Winners October Roadshow begins Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown, before heading for similar presentations in several U.S. centres.
Sept. 8, 2008 - Separate surveys in the U.S. and the U.K. reveal that employees want to be able to share more tips and strategies so they can play a role in helping their companies become greener. RetailWire.com reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 8, 2008 - Gift cards continue to gain favor as a practical gift-giving alternative. But to attract buyers, more retailers need to provide the option to personalize gift cards, according to a study to be released next week by the National Research Network. Brandweek.com reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 4, 2008 - Bucking the belief that environmentalism is a youth movement, consumers over 55 years old are the most prolific users of green products in the United States, according to survey results released by ICOM Information & Communications.
Sept. 4, 2008 - Developers of Edmonton's newest retail mega-development are hoping shoppers will not only enjoy spending, but also walking at the centre. They're banking that the power centre trend that sees consumers drive across sprawling parking lots from one big-box store to the next is passe and shoppers will embrace a more pedestrian-friendly urban village or lifestyle-centre concept catching on in the United States. The Edmonton-Journal reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 4, 2008 - According to a Harris Decima poll, consumers may not necessarily be more optimistic today, but their pessimism of a few months ago is declining.
Sept. 4, 2008 - With a reported 49 million active users in North America, social networking site Facebook presents an exciting opportunity to connect with customers on the site, share information and maybe even collaborate with shoppers who are passionate about your brand. But is it just a short-lived phase or a trend of what's to come? Stores.org reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 4, 2008 - As many large retailers struggle with slipping sales during an economic downturn and gas hovers around $1.25 a litre, some rural shops in the U.S. have gotten a boost from customers staying close to home. The Lansing State Journal reports. | READ MORE
August 29, 2008, Kingsville, Ont. — Mastronardi Produce/Sunset’s new tomato did it again. The new variety Champagne™ Cocktail Tomato is well on its way to becoming an international success, much like the company's Campari® Brand Cocktail and Splendido™ Grape Tomatoes.
Aug. 28, 2008 - According to a new online poll of adults conducted by Maritz Research Canada, 86 per cent of those responding reported on one or more occasions leaving a store, restaurant or other venue before conducting a transaction because of a long wait. RetailWire.com reports. | READ MORE
Aug. 28, 2008 - The 2009 Landscapers & Contractors Expos promise mid-winter joy for landscapers and contractors. The annual BC and Alberta shows take place at the start of the season, and this year a Saskatoon event has been added.
The CanWest Hort Show is Western Canada’s largest horticultural trade show, welcoming more than 3,500 industry professionals and hosting some 425 booths over a two-day period in mid-September each year. This year’s edition, the 27th annual event, will be held Sept. 17-18, with bus tours on Sept. 19.
Aug. 27, Niagara Falls, ON - The Niagara Parks School of Horticulture will host the Niagara region Certified Horticultural Technician (CHT) test from Sept. 25-26. The CHT designation provides individuals in the lawn and garden industry with a means of proving a standard of expertise.
Aug. 25, 2008 - In the U.S. the cost of soil has increased at many garden centres, costing on average at least a dollar more than this time last year. The Washington Post reports. | READ MORE
Aug. 25, 2008, Ottawa, Ont. - The value of Canadian retail sales climbed 0.5 per cent in June due to soaring gasoline prices, but in volume terms sales fell, indicating consumer spending is slowing but not enough to drag the economy into recession.

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