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Procurement Complacency - The Hidden Cost of The Status Quo

Procurement_Complacency_edited-1.jpgIt used to be enough to just have a procurement team to keep costs low. Numerous organizations created a centralized function of this sort to help consolidate vendors, negotiate as one entity and build some best practices into what is purchased and how.  

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Is Your Business Ready For President Trump?

President_Trump.jpgWow, what a wild ride so far! Since President Trump’s surprise victory in November, stock markets have risen (and now flattened off), industry deregulation is on the horizon (as much as 75% according to Mr. Trump), lower tax rates for US companies could become a reality, potential rise of import tariffs into the US could result and potential artificial cooling of the US Dollar may be on the way and the list goes on. 

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The New Normal: Piecing Together a Living

Puzzle_10.jpgOne of the key trends since 2008 has been the reality of people doing a few different things to make ends meet.  Sure, a lot of folks still work 9-5(ish) at one job in a more traditional method of gainful employment and it works very well for them and for their employer. Why wouldn’t it? 

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6 Freelance Best Practices or “Ok, how do I get into the gig economy?”

Freelancing_Blog_Nov_16.jpgFor some reason freelancing or contracting has piqued your interest. You may already be a freelancer or have decided to investigate this lifestyle for the first time. 

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Retail Advisors Network™: 6 Key Insights from Year One

RAN_Birthday_Cake.pngIt has officially been one year since we started our freelance retail advisory firm.   We where overwhelmed with the number of people who wished us well as Linkedin flashed our anniversary to our connections last week. 

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Canadian Tire’s WOW Guide – Dialing it Up Digitally…But

IMG_1074_1_.jpgCanadian Tire (the Tire) launched its Wow Guide this month. For those of you who have not received or had time to check it out, it’s a 200 page paper catalogue that allows customers to use their  smartphone (save  BlackBerry) to leverage a Tire  app to obtain detailed product information, videos and even order online while browsing through the book. 

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Brand Stalking - When Analytics Go Too Far!

IMG_0986.JPGA few weeks ago we shared a picture of an interesting online brand called Casper. We were impressed with the company’s business model – selling mattresses online.   

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“The New Deal” in Retail Consulting and Staffing

IMG_0899_1_.JPGAs we all know and feel, the world is changing quickly. The Great Recession brought permanent and meaningful shifts in the relationship between business, consumers and employees. 

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French’s Ketchup: Now there’s a third voice in the buyer’s head….

IMG_0951_1_.JPGThere was a time when a retail buyer had to ultimately answer to two people:  the consumer, and the company’s shareholders.

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Saks Off 5th Grand Opening Photos

IMG_0923_1_.JPGFurther to our blog this week see link below for pictures of the Saks Off 5th   grand opening in Toronto on Thursday.

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Simons Grand Opening Photos

IMG_0878_1_.JPGFurther to our blog this week see link below for pictures of the Simons grand opening in Toronto (Mississauga) on Thursday.

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Simons Greater Toronto Area Grand Opening: Accessible Luxury

IMG_0848_1_.JPGWhat one may have expected from Simons was a retail business model that would be going head to head with Saks, Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew. What we found was something very different.

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Saks Off 5th: Toronto off-price retailing heats up!

IMG_0932.JPGSaks Off 5th takes direct aim at existing off price retailers with launch of 3 outlet stores in Ontario. 

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WOW! The Kitchen Never Looked Brighter!

IMG_20160306_105950_(1).jpgThis past week we had the exciting opportunity to attend the National Housewares and Home Show in Chicago. Considered the pre-eminent  marketplace show for its industry in North America (and one of the best  globally), it attracts over 60,000 attendees and over 2,000 vendor exhibitors from 40 countries around the world. 

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