The Bank of Montreal focused on students seeking a secondary education in their 2014 Post-Secondary Student Survey. The bank also revealed that total retail sales are expected to climb 3.5-4% this back-to-school season, making it one of the most busy times of year for retailers. Last year, the estimated average amount spent on school supplies […]
3D (three dimensional) printing has a Star Trek feel to it that grabbed consumers’ attention from day one. Visions of saying “Computer, tea, black” and having it appear in a “replicator” at home seemed magical back in those days. Today, 3D printing has brought us closer to it being reality than we ever thought possible. […]
“Omni-channel” or “multi-channel” retailing refers to a seamless shopping experience with in-store, mobile device, computer, catalogue, flyers, etc. Implementing a fully omni-channel environment involves special supply chain software with universal inventory and pricing control, which may be maintained in-house or through a partner marketplace.
Canadian businesses are getting ready to take on eCommerce but the majority of them aren’t there yet. According to Statistics Canada, only 13% of Canadian companies sold goods and/or services online in 2013, totaling about $136 billion (up from $122 billion in 2012). 64% of those companies were larger enterprises, which sold about $87 billion […]
Since eCommerce is relatively new to Canadian businesses, every week we’re asked by our readers for recommendations in one product category or another. A couple of weeks ago, for example, we were asked to recommend all standard issue equipment and software for a startup web-based company. We’ve also received several requests lately from brands and […]
Every statistic and guru prediction has told us Canada is ready to rock online business. They’re slowly putting eCommerce in place, utilizing online marketplaces, participating in online marketing, and getting a grip on multi-channel retail. Businesses are embracing eCommerce with good reason. At the Retail Council of Canada’s STORE 2014 conference, Keith Anderson, VP & […]
eCommerce has been proven time and time again as the future of business, but there has been a huge barrier in Canada that prevented us from competing with other countries. Canada Post has continued to gouge Canadian businesses, refusing to entertain any feasible ideas to make shipping affordable. Their consistent answer to losses is to […]
Fulfillment by Amazon.ca is a relatively new option for Canadian sellers, having been launched at the end of 2012. You may have noticed “Fulfilled by Amazon” tagging some items within the massive sellers’ market, indicating the item will be sent from Amazon. The most important thing it tells shoppers is the item is included in […]
In their 2014 benchmark merchant data for Q1, Demac Media included an interesting comparison between mCommerce performance and traditional desktop eCommerce in Canada. The data in the report was obtained from participating Shopify Canada and Magento merchants.
The Canadian portion of the Total Retail: Global Survey of Online Shoppers report provides valuable insight about online shopping in Canada. Probably the most important take-away for marketers is in regards to Personalization VS Privacy. Canadians love the idea of personalization, a fact that has been demonstrated by other studies as well. However, we aren’t […]