Dollarama—a Canadian retail success story

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Description: Amidst falling fortunes for retail stores in Canada, one Canadian discount store that has not only survived but thrived under the harsh economic environment, is Dollarama. Recently, it reported a 22 percent surge in profits this year. Source: CBC Date: June 10, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2669206539/ Questions for Discussion: Discuss Dollarama’s success model. What… Read more »

Kraft and Heinz to Merge

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Description: In a major development in the food industry, Kraft Foods Group and Heinz Co. are merging their operations to create a single company with $28 billion in revenue. Warren Buffet proclaimed to play a role in setting-up the merger. There seems to be a major shake-up on the cards for the packaged food business…. Read more »

The McDonald’s Slump

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Description: It seems one of the world’s most recognizable brand is in decline – McDonalds faces a severe challenge; it warned that business will be weak in the near future as it reported a 21 per cent drop in fourth-quarter earnings. Source: CBC Date: February 28, 2015 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/the-mcdonald-s-slump-are-golden-days-of-golden-arches-over-1.2975314 Questions for Discussion: Discuss the reasons for… Read more »

Shoppers including fresh food in its stores

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Description: In a pilot project across Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart has started to include a broad new range of fresh food in its stores. This comes after Loblaw’s acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart last year and may well signal a strategic change for the drug giant. Source: Financial Post Date: February 06, 2015 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/2015/02/06/shoppers-drug-mart-prescription-for-food/ Questions… Read more »

Target to close shop in Canada

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Description: After nearly two years of struggle, Target has decided to close all its 133 stores in Canada. It has accumulated nearly $1.5 billion in losses during its short stay in Canada. Source: CBC Date: January 15, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2648076422/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: Did Target’s decision come as a surprise – Why or Why… Read more »

BlackBerry gets a boost from AT&T

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Description: BlackBerry received some good news when AT&T became the first carrier to agree to sell and promote its oversized Passport smartphone in the U.S. However, as part of the deal, AT&T has asked BlackBerry to round the right-angled corners of the Passport. Source: CBC Date: January 08, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2646722338/ Questions for Discussion:… Read more »

Target CEO Hopes for Canadian Christmas Miracle

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Description: Target CEO Brian Cornell is hoping the upcoming Christmas holiday season will boost the prospects of Target in Canada. Source: BNN Date: October 08, 2014 Video Link: http://www.bnn.ca/News/2014/10/8/Targets-CEO-needs-a-Canadian-Christmas-miracle.aspx Questions for Discussion: Analyse Target’s plan to boost sales in Canada? What are some of the problems Target has faced in Canada? Will the upcoming holiday… Read more »

Tim Cook Unveils the Apple Watch

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Description: Apple CEO, Tim Cook, unveiled the Apple watch. It will become available in stores in 2015. It continues Apple’s tradition of redefining the market segment. Source: CBC Date: September 09, 2014 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2513236233/ Questions for Discussion: Like other Apple products, will the Apple watch also revolutionize the watch market? What makes the Apple… Read more »

Tim Hortons eyeing the breakfast and lunch market

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Description: To increase its profits, Tim Hortons is actively targeting customers for their breakfast and lunch needs. By adding new innovative items to its menu, Tim Hortons offers customers various food-and-beverage combos during the rush meal times. Source: Canadian Business Date: August 06, 2014 Video Link:http://www.canadianbusiness.com/business-news/tim-hortons-has-a-more-optimistic-outlook-for-the-year-as-profits-hold-steady/ Questions for Discussion: How will this new strategy by… Read more »