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INDEPENDENTS' CORNER

MySTORE: creating a community to
help independent retailers thrive
Retail Council of Canada's (RCC) independent retail division
allows community merchants to grow scale, gain benefits and
cultivate a community of likeminded businesses.
BY SEAN C. TARRY
YOU might think that despite their best efforts, independent re-

tailers will never be able to compete with larger retailers that have
more resources at their disposal and greater buying power.
But if you talk to Paul Simmonds, owner of Robert Simmonds
Inc. and Co-Chair of RCC's MySTORE Advisory Committee, he
won't wait to challenge that perspective.
"Independents are very hard working people," he says with
pride. "Some people tend to think that we're alone in what we do.
But, it couldn't be further from the truth."
He cites RCC's MySTORE independent retail division as critical
in supporting independents.
"The member benefits and services that RCC offers are hugely
beneficial," he says. "By collaborating with RCC, it gives us some
scale in gaining benefits for our businesses. And the sense of community, the synergy of being involved with an organization that
truly understands what independent retailers are facing in today's
ever-changing world, is massively important. RCC provides intrinsic value beyond the "By collaborating with RCC, it gives us some scale in gaining
membership programs."
benefits for our businesses. And the sense of community,
Some of the key benefits and services that the synergy of being involved with an organization that truly
Simmonds speaks of that allow independent
understands what independent retailers are facing in today's
retailers to save time and money are partnerever-changing world, is massively important. RCC provides
ships with Canpar to help with freight, Chase
Paymentech for the lowest possible debit and intrinsic value beyond the membership programs."
credit card processing rates, and Shopify to
-PAUL SIMMONDS, Robert Simmonds Inc.
assist independent retailers develop an e-commerce platform and
start selling online.
tion is RCC's understanding of the everyday
lives of independent retailers and their imFighting for rights of independents
portance to the communities they operate in.
Simmonds also points to the advocacy efforts of RCC's Govern"Independent retailers are the ambassadors
ment Relations team as instrumental in securing retailers' rights
of their communities and integral to the overto continue operating unencumbered by government policy that
all health and wellbeing of the country. RCC
might otherwise hinder their efforts.
understands this, and they fight on our behalf
"The Advocacy team at RCC has always been wonderful in listo make sure that others understand it, too."
tening to the issues and concerns of independent retailers. The
MySTORE Committee works in collaboration with RCC's GR team
For more information about RCC's
on key files that concern independent retail such as high credit
MySTORE independent retail division, visit
card interchange fees, proposed de minimis rate increases and
www.retailcouncil.org/mystore
other issues that pose potentially negative effects on their ability
to compete and grow."
When all is said and done, however, Simmonds says that on top
of all of these amazing benefits offered to independent retailers
by RCC, the greatest advantage to being a member of the associawww.retailcouncil.org/cdnretailer

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016

Publisher’s Desk
Retail Currents
Retail Research
Independents’ Corner
Retail: At Issue
The Future of Retail
Technology for the Good
E-Commerce Next Practices
The State of Mobile Payments
Aldo Launches ‘Store of the Future’ at Westfield World Trade Center
The Hottest Summer in Half a Century
Once More Unto the Breach
Advertiser’s Index
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Publisher’s Desk
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Retail Currents
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - insert3
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - insert4
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Retail Research
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Independents’ Corner
Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Retail: At Issue
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - The Future of Retail
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - E-Commerce Next Practices
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - The State of Mobile Payments
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Aldo Launches ‘Store of the Future’ at Westfield World Trade Center
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - The Hottest Summer in Half a Century
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Canadian Retailer - Fall 2016 - Once More Unto the Breach
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