Highlights from Canada's premier retail industry event including exclusive videos, prestigious awards, extensive media coverage and more!

Les faits saillants de l'événement le plus important dans l'industrie de détail au Canada, des vidéos exclusives, des prix prestigieux et une couverture médiatique importante!

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes delegates to STORE 2016

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada opened the STORE 2016 Conference with a special message for delegates to continue working with RCC and its members to ensure a strong, competitive, and healthy retail sector in Canada.

Le premier ministre Justin Trudeau accueille les délégués à la Conférence STORE 2016

Le très honorable Justin Trudeau, premier ministre du Canada, a inauguré la Conférence STORE 2016. Dans son allocution d'ouverture, il a invité les délégués à continuer de travailler avec le CCCD et ses membres pour que le secteur canadien du commerce de détail demeure fort, concurrentiel et florissant.

Canadians slow to adopt buying groceries online

Canadians are laggards when it comes to buying groceries online today, but that's about to change quickly, according to speakers at the Retail Council of Canada conference on Wednesday. (Toronto Star)

Canada could be in for an even tougher grocery war after European mass disruption

Mass disruption from discount grocers in Europe could foreshadow further bloodletting in Canada's highly competitive supermarket sector. (Financial Post)

See also:
Grocery sector needs to adapt to disruptive forces like Amazon, conference hears

Retail Council of Canada

Saks president Marc Metrick seeks 'new luxury' in Starbucks model

Marc Metrick is looking to Starbucks as a "new luxury" model for his upscale Saks Fifth Avenue chain, which launched its first two stores in Canada this year. (Globe and Mail)


Retail Council of Canada

Embrace digital technology or become irrelevant, Canadian retailers told by Sephora CEO

"What we are seeing in the U.S. is a fight for survival - traditional retailers are under siege," Sephora CEO Calvin McDonald told an audience at Retail Council of Canada's annual Store 2016 conference in Toronto. "They are having to recreate themselves in order to survive." (Financial Post)


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How Costco fits into the online retail landscape

As a membership-only shopping destination, Costco Canada continues to see growth with its online sales. And now the retailer wants to personalized your shopping experience. BNN's Kristina Partsinevelos caught up with the VP of Costco Wholesale at the Retail Council of Canada's store conference to learn how Costco is going digital. (BNN)

How Aldo Shoes studies your shopping habits

If you've ever shopped for shoes, you've certainly heard of Aldo. It's been a part of shopping malls across Canada since the seventies. The Aldo group also has a smaller chain called "Call it Spring." It's using consumer data to attract savvy new shoppers. Kristina Partsinevelos caught up with the company's vice president to find out how it all works. (BNN)

Home Hardware's formula to compete and win against Home Depot and Lowe's

Live from Canada's biggest retail conference, Store 2016, BNN's Kristina Partsinevelos catches up with Terry Davis, CEO, Home Hardware, to learn more about the home improvement retailer's strategy to compete and win against the likes of Home Depot and Lowe's, both in-store and online. (BNN)

KIIP CEO on satisfying millennials through mobile advertising

The mobile ad space, long legitimized by the likes of Facebook and Alphabet have seemed to crack the once impenetrable code that is getting users' attentions back. A Canadian start-up housed in San Franscisco has taken it all to the next level, believing instant gratification is what millennials want. BNN's Kristina Partsinevelos caught up with the CEO of KIIP Brian Wong. (BNN)

Retail Council of Canada

Retail Council of Canada salutes the industry's top achievers at STORE 2016

Thirteen of Canada's most innovative retailers took home top prizes tonight at the 2016 Excellence in Retailing Awards (ERA), a highlight of Retail Council of Canada's STORE 2016 conference in Toronto. In addition to the ERA honorees, three Awards of Distinction were also bestowed at a gala presentation attended by Canada's retailing elite. (RCC)

Check out the Excellence in Retailing Awards photo gallery.

Retail Council of Canada

Interac Association and Retail Council of Canada announce top applicant of 2016 Retail as a Career Scholarship program

Interac Association and Retail Council of Canada (RCC) are pleased to announce that Teri Simone, a Bachelor of Social Science student at Western University, is the top recipient of the 2016 Retail as a Career Scholarship program. She will receive a scholarship, funded by Interac Association, of $5,000 to continue her studies. (RCC)

Rocky Mountain Soap Company honoured with RCC's Independent Retail Ambassador of the Year Award

The Independent Retail Ambassador of the Year Award, sponsored by Chase Paymentech, recognizes the outstanding contributions of a local independent retailer to his or her community. Cameron Baty and Karina Birch were selected this year among a number of outstanding independent retailers across Canada and were recognized for Rocky Mountain Soap's unique toxin-free product offering, community engagement and business expansion in Western Canada. (RCC)

Louise Wendling, former Country Manager, Costco Canada, honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

RCC's Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a family or an individual in retail who has demonstrated outstanding business success and community service throughout his/her career and who has left an indelible mark on the industry. Louise Wendling and Costco Wholesale Canada join a long line of passionate merchants across Canada receiving the award, such as Founders of Roots Canada, Michael Budman and Don Green; Former President & CEO of Sobeys Inc., Bill McEwan; Founder of The Brick Warehouse Corporation, Dr. William H. Comrie; President & CEO of LCBO, Bob Peter and most recently, The Billes Family, Founders of Canadian Tire Corporation. (RCC)

Groupe Dynamite CEO, Andrew Lutfy, named Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year

RCC's Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award, sponsored by MasterCard, recognizes a retail leader who has led his/her company to outstanding business success and who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to the communities they operate within. The recipient is seen as a role model because of his/her exceptional leadership within the corporation, in the retail industry in Canada and in the community at large, through personal and/or corporate philanthropic activities. Groupe Dynamite joins a long line of passionate merchants across Canada receiving the award, including Leon's, Harry Rosen, Canadian Tire Corporation and Aritzia. (RCC)

Who took home this year's Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards?

Laiterie Chalifoux's Petit Pot yogurts won big at the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards on Wednesday. (Canadian Grocer)

See also:

Bravo! Canadian Grand Prix New Product Award winners


Les Petits pots de Chalifoux se distinguent à l'échelle canadienne

La Laiterie Chalifoux a remporté trois prix au Grand Prix canadien des produits nouveaux 2015, mercredi soir, à Toronto, dans le cadre d'un gala organisé par le Conseil canadien du commerce de détail. (CJSO)

Le Conseil canadien du commerce de détail remet ses Grands Prix canadiens des nouveaux produits

Les marques Métro S.E.N.C. et la Laiterie Chalifoux ont été les grandes gagnantes en remportant respectivement cinq et trois des 34 prix remis au total au cours du Gala de la 23e édition du Grand Prix canadien des nouveaux produits, tenu le 1er juin à Toronto par le Conseil canadien du commerce de détail. (L'actualité Alimentaire)

Retail Council of Canada

Célébrons les meilleurs nouveaux produits alimentaires au Canada

Félicitations aux lauréats du Grand Prix canadien 2015. Consultez la liste complète des lauréats.

Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee Co-CEOs receive Canadian Grand Prix Lifetime Achievement Award

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is pleased to announce Paul Higgins Jr. and Michael Higgins, the Co-CEOs of Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee, as the inaugural recipients of the Canadian Grand Prix Lifetime Achievement Award. (RCC)



Launched at STORE2016 - The next phase of our advocacy campaign to ensure a level playing field for retailers in Canada : Join the fight for fairness!

U.S.-based online merchants and couriers have been pushing hard for an increase in the de minimis level, below which courier or postal shipments into Canada are exempt from sales taxes and customs duties. Changes to the de minimis level could be devastating to retailer merchants in Canada and to our 2 million+ employees. Learn more, make your voice heard and send a letter to your MP today.

Lors de la Conférence STORE 2016 - Lancement de la prochaine phase de notre campagne de sensibilisation pour assurer des règles du jeu équitables pour les détaillants du Canada.

Les commerçants en ligne et les services de messagerie établis aux États-Unis exercent des pressions pour augmenter le seuil de minimis, en dessous duquel les envois par service de messagerie ou par la poste vers le Canada sont exempts de taxes de vente et de droits de douane. Des changements au seuil de minimis pourraient être dévastateurs pour les détaillants au Canada et pour nos deux millions et plus d'employés dans le secteur. Apprenez-en plus à ce sujet, faites-vous entendre et envoyez une lettre à votre député local.



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