Business

29
JAN
2013

Soap Packaging – Customized Packaging Makes the Difference

The Right Packaging Style Have you visited a soap store or other boutique gift shop and seen how simple and creative the packaging is? Soap packaging is interesting because it does so much that other types of packaging don’t. It is one of the few consumer retail products that can... Read More →
21
JAN
2013

Does Your POP Campaign need an Online Boost?

I think the days where POP and Internet Promotion are in 2 separate camps fighting for the same marketing budget dollars is gone.  Increasingly, retail stores and manufacturers are finding that digital promotion adds to instore sales. So why aren’t we reading more about... Read More →
14
JAN
2013

Canadian Retail Sales – What’s Your Outlook for 2014?

Retail Sales Still Growing but Does Trouble Lay Just Ahead? With the US fiscal cliff crisis seemingly resolved and the global economy stabilizing somewhat, is our manufacturing sector in for a better year ahead? What is your situation now and your prognosis for the coming year?... Read More →
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02
JAN
2013

Walmart vs Amazon – Where is Retailing Headed?

The competition between online and offline retail is heating up.  Online contender Amazon has reached $34 Billion in sales while brick and mortar Walmart dwarfs that with its $300+ Billion in sales.  Doesn’t seem like much of a match, but as the charts below reveal, Amazon... Read More →
22
NOV
2012

Holiday Sales 2012 Canada and US

On the heels of a positive Q3 sales period, this holiday season should be a reasonably good one across Canada and the US and in the UK.  2012 Holiday Spending forecasts are expected to rise 2% in Canada, and that’s despite losing a lot of sales to cross border shopping.   South... Read More →
12
NOV
2012

2012 Xmas Sales Forecast

Some unique conditions are going to be in place for the 2012 Xmas sales season. Add that to the fact that economic growth is positive and we may see stronger sales results this Xmas. ShopperTrak has released its findings for the US retail market recently and they point out the... Read More →
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05
NOV
2012

Canadian Retail Sales Pick up Slightly in Q3, 2012

Strong Growth in the West, Moderate in the East Overall, the latest consumer retail stats were positive. Knowing where sales are strong or ailing is important to your marketing and sales strategy. Here’s a brief review of retail sales activity in August: Canadian retail... Read More →
29
OCT
2012

How Innovative are You? 12 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Innovate or Die.  You’ve heard that one right? Do you take it seriously? The packaging and point of sale industry has opportunities for innovation, and I’m just wondering what you as a packaging buyer or product manager think of innovation. How do you describe the role of... Read More →
03
OCT
2012

Pan American Games Coming to Markham?

Yes, Markham is slated to host some of the events in the The 2015 Pan American Games. Toronto is the city which won the bidding for the 2015 Pan Am Games which is an athletic competition held every 4 years where athletes from countries within North, South, and Central America can... Read More →
03
OCT
2012

New Markham Entertainment Arena — a Boon to Local Economy?

On August 9th, 2012, GTA Sports and Entertainment chairman Graeme Roustan presented to Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and the Markham City council a proposal to build a $325-million sports and entertainment development. Such a large commercial sports and entertainment facility is... Read More →
03
OCT
2012

Beautiful Markham Ontario

Markham’s Ready for Growth With precious little room for growth in greater Toronto, GTA businesses are looking to communities such as Markham to give them the freedom, land, and transportation routes to improve their companies. Markham is one of the fastest growing... Read More →