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Retail Council of Canada Updates

RCC Invites Members to Take Part in a Government Relations Briefing Call – April 3 at 1:30 p.m. EST

On March 25th, Minister Flaherty tabled the 2013 Economic Action Plan which included details on tariff elimination of baby clothing and sporting equipment, as well as the government plans to address the General Preferential Tariff (see the following li…

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Retail’s Election Agenda in Alberta

RETAILERS ARE THE STOREFRONT TO ALBERTA’S ECONOMY
A vibrant retail sector drives economic growth, benefitting everyone. It is in government’s best interest to put job creation fundamentals in place to solidify consumer confidence about Alberta’s …

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Retail Fast Facts: December 2011

Prepared monthly by Jacobson Consulting Inc. using Statistics Canada data, Retail Fast Facts provides a snapshot of retail conditions across Canada, including commodity sales, employment numbers, and number of retail establishments.

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Retail Council of Canada welcomes tariff announcement

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) applauds Minister Flaherty’s recent announcement to eliminate a number of tariffs on goods used in manufacturing.

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Retail Fast Facts: November 2011

Prepared monthly by Jacobson Consulting Inc. using Statistics Canada data, Retail Fast Facts provides a snapshot of retail conditions across Canada, including commodity sales, employment numbers, and number of retail establishments.

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Retail Council of Canada Sets the Record Straight on Retail Pricing

The Senate committee studying the Canada-U.S. price gap has heard many experts declare that international manufacturers and distributors charge Canadian retailers much more than retailers in the U.S., says Retail Council of Canada (RCC).

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Member Notice: Senate of Canada Public Hearings on National Finance

Study on the potential reasons for price discrepancies in respect of certain goods between Canada and the United States.

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Member Notice: Saskatchewan Provincial Election Update

People in Saskatchewan will head to the polls on November 7, 2011 to elect a new provincial government. Prior to the election campaign beginning, Retail Council of Canada released “Retail’s Election Agenda” outlining the priority items Saskatchew…

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Retail Fast Facts: October 2011

Prepared monthly by Jacobson Consulting Inc. using Statistics Canada data, Retail Fast Facts provides a snapshot of retail conditions across Canada, including commodity sales, employment numbers, and number of retail establishments.

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Basics to Brilliant Webinar recording and presentation now available for download

Canadian retailers are always looking for ways to attract and retain talent, but competition for quality employees is high. With companies inside and outside of the industry vying for candidates’ attention, and many new players entering the Canadian …

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New Group Discount Program for RCC Members: RBC Insurance

RBC Insurance is a company of Royal Bank of Canada, one of Canada’s largest and most trusted companies and an institution whose history stretches back 150 years. Through our operating entities we provide a wide range of travel, life, health, home, au…

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New Group Discount Program for RCC Members: Sage Simply Accounting

Sage Simply Accounting is accurate, easy-to-use accounting software that provides the insights and control needed for businesses committed to getting the numbers right and improving results. It is fully bilingual and Canadian-made/Canadian-supported fo…

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New Industry Research Available – The Recession Hangover: How Inflation Is Changing Canadian Retail

Study data illuminates emerging trends that can help retailers as they work to counteract the inflationary hangover, and effectively reach, serve and retain today’s price-conscious consumers.

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Member Notice: Family Day in BC to come into effect Feb. 18, 2013

Dear member, As part of the BC government’s families’ first agenda, Family Day will become an annual, civic holiday in B.C. beginning February 18, 2013. For more details, please visit our website.

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Retail Flash Report (September 2011)

Lower Confidence, Soft Sales: Lack of Momentum Keeps Retail in Low Gear

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New Event Added: 2011 Retail Job Fair

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is pleased to invite it’s members with retail stores in Toronto to participate in the Retail Job Fair on October 24, 2011. We have partnered with The City of Toronto – Youth Employment Partnerships (YEP) to organize this …

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Retailer’s Guide: Effective Marketing

Marketing is important to the success of any business. Whether big or small, retailers that use their limited marketing resources effectively get the best results. This Retailer’s Guide will provide you with tips and tools to put together, and execute,…

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Member Notice: Ontario Provincial Election Update

Ontarians head to the polls on October 6, 2011 to elect a provincial government. Prior to the election campaign beginning, Retail Council of Canada released “Retail’s Election Agenda” outlining the priority items Ontario retailers want the next provinc…

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New Event Added: 2011 Retail Energy & Sustainability Symposium

Retail Energy & Sustainability Symposium. November 16, 2011 – Toronto Congress Centre. The Retail Energy & Sustainability Symposium serves retail environment professionals across Canada and focuses on all environmental aspects, including energy and sus…

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Member Notice: PC Party Leadership Outcome update – Alberta

To members… As you know, late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, the Alberta Progressive Conservative Association elected Alison Redford as Leader and Premier-designate. We wanted to share some context around this outcome. The October 1 vote of all…

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Press Release: Retail Council of Canada welcomes the re-introduction of the Copyright Modernization Act

TORONTO, Sep. 29, 2011 – Retail Council of Canada (RCC) welcomes the re-introduction of proposed amendments to Canada’s Copyright Act in Bill C-11 and regards the bill as a positive step towards modernizing Canada’s copyright laws. The draft legislatio…

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Member Reminder: Manitoba’s Minimum Wage to Increase to $10.00 on October 1, 2011

On October 1st, Manitoba’s minimum wage will increase 50 cents to $10.00 an hour. This increase to Manitoba’s minimum wage of 50 cents takes place just 3 days before Manitobans go to the polls in the next provincial election.

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New MySTORE article: Tailoring to customers’ needs key to 100 years of success

Walter Beauchamp Tailors has been servicing its clients with fine bespoke garments since 1908 and continue to thrive today. According to Owner Terry Beauchamp, focus on quality product and service and understanding the customer has been the key to more…

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Canadian Retailer STORE 2011 digital edition is now available online

Read about all of the industry-affecting trends and issues that were discussed during dynamic sessions at STORE 2011 – Canada’s Retail Conference, and find out which retailers were recognized at the Excellence in Retailer Awards for their positive co…

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Member Reminder: Small Appliance Recycling Program Launches October 1

The Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association (CESA), in consultation with the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and the B.C. Ministry of Environment, has been working on the launch of a Small Appliance Recycling Program in British Columbia. The program…

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Member Alert: Retail Health & Safety – Large Retail, Home Improvement Centres & Supermarkets

The retail industry has identified a groundbreaking opportunity to develop a national health and safety strategy through a retail health and safety association. The association would work within each province across Canada to fill a current leadership …

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Member Alert: October Ministry of Labour Inspection Blitz Reinforces the Importance of Personal Protective Equipment

In our effort to keep you up to date on what is happening with health and safety, our Ontario partner, WSPS, has notified RCC of an upcoming safety blitz. During the month of October, the Ministry of Labour will be conducting an inspection blitz on Per…

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Member Alert: Manitoba Provincial Election Update

Manitobans head to the polls on October 4, 2011 to elect a new provincial government. Prior to the election campaign beginning, Retail Council of Canada released “Retail’s Election Agenda” outlining the priority items Manitoba retailers want the next p…

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Member Alert: Meeting between RCC and Toronto Chief of Police William Blair

RCC was approached by the local Yonge Bloor Bay Business Association to participate in a walkabout with Chief Blair. The Chief was joined by several of his senior officers and division heads. RCC was represented by Anne Kothawala, Matthew Hall, Robyn R…

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MySTORE: New "High tech high touch and balance key to independent success" article

In addition to many traditional challenges associated with running a small business – limited time and resources; marketing; finding and keeping top talent; supply chain management-independents are also looking for a high-tech edge, while maintaining t…

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Press Release: Retailers Commit to Work with Government to Minimize Impact of Return to PST/GST system

VANCOUVER, Aug. 26, 2011 /CNW/ – Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and Shelfspace acknowledge the decision of British Columbians today who have voted for change in the HST referendum. We commit to continue working with the Clarke Government to ensure a sm…

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New Webinar Added: Talent Marketing Strategies for Retailers. Basics to Brilliant.

Canadian retailers are always looking for ways to attract and retain talent, but competition for quality employees is high. With companies inside and outside of the industry vying for candidates’ attention, and many new players entering the Canadian …

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MySTORE: New "What’s in a name?" article

We all understand the importance of a first impression. Whether we are meeting a new supplier, a new investor or even our future in-laws – we all want to make a good impression straight away. Find out how fellow independents have managed to do this thr…

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Retail’s Provincial Elections Agenda 2011

The retail industry has a significant impact on the economic health and vitality of your province. Retail is Canada’s second largest employer, as such retailers have several important priorities that the next provincial government must address to ensur…

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New Industry Research Added: 2011 KPMG Mobile Payments Outlook

In a global online survey of nearly 1,000 executives in the financial services, technology, telecommunications and retail industries, this report explores opportunities and barriers to the adoption of mobile payments, and provides insight into the forc…

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MySTORE: Check out what your fellow independents are up to in the newest issue of Indie Buzz

Independent retailers are the lifeblood of Canadian communities, contributing not only to the health of the country’s economy, but to the health and wellbeing of the citizens that they serve. To celebrate the contributions made by independent retailers…

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