Statistics Canada has released a discouraging report of December, 2012 retail sales in Canada, which declined 0.9% (excluding motor vehicle and parts dealers). Sales fell 1.6% in volume, with most merchants reporting less sales in December. All provinces reported a decrease in retail sales. RBC reported this month that 69% of Canadian shoppers stayed within […]
Results of an Ipsos Reid / Institute of Communication Agency poll indicates Canadians are heavily influenced by Internet and Tech companies. Five of their top 10 choices fell into these categories, including the top four. That’s fabulous news for existing Canadian web-based businesses and future ‘netpreneurs’.
Statistics Canada has reported that senior Canadians are steadily increasing their Internet usage. What they’re doing online is often different than younger surfers, including listening to music or watching videos. This data left us wondering why there is such an e-generation gap, so we followed up with an informal survey of our own.
Many people have ideas for an online business, or they’d like to expand their offline business into the eCommerce format. There are a number of ways to finance a web-based business, or obtain additional funds to expand.
To celebrate Cyber Monday, we’ve designed a holiday-theme “Shop Canada Online” graphic that you are free to use on your website, share on social media, etc. Let’s keep those shopping dollars in Canada where they’ll benefit all Canadians, and let other countries know we’re open for business in the great white north.
Please see the update below original post. It has happened to most of us as consumers and businesses, that moment in the transaction when the shipping is calculated and the shopping cart is abandoned. Whether it’s losing sales to high shipping rates, losing money from absorbing some or all of the shipping cost, or shocking […]
The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and the Bank of Montreal (BMO) have released Canadian holiday shopping survey statistics, adding their predictions to those made earlier by Ernst & Young and Deloitte. While they don’t all agree on the level of frugality this season, it’s clear that it won’t be the most profitable holiday for […]
One of the first decisions you have to make when starting your online business in Canada, is whether or not to use a .ca domain name. Even if you’re not ready to go live with a website, your own domain name can be used for secure, custom eMail, redirecting to your social media or other […]
Running Halloween promotions in Canada can pay off in a big way, according to predictions from The Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, and a recent survey from the Retail Council of Canada. Be they your own products or an affiliate’s products, cashing in on the third most lucrative retail season can get the year’s […]
Have you ever been searching for something in Canada and thought, “Somebody should start a business in that”? It happens to me all the time! I’ll be sharing these niches with you as they come up, in the hopes of inspiring a business idea or two. We begin this series with a quick guide for […]