Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 4

EDITOR'S NOTE

Into the great
wide open

Challenge and opportunity abound
for Canadian retailers in 2018
THE relationship between technology and e-commerce, generally
speaking, is an easy one to understand. So, too, is the potential
impact that each has on retail operations as well as the customer
shopping journey. But what aren't so clear are the subtleties and
nuances required to build each into a coherent business strategy
to make it all work together to strengthen and elevate the retail
experience for the customer.
Within this issue of Canadian Retailer, we explore some of these
subtleties and nuances to provide a holistic view of the latest technologies and the current state of e-commerce in Canada, capturing some of the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for
retailers operating in the country.
In "How can technology solve the biggest retail challenges?"
(pg. 26), we identify areas within the retail operation where businesses face obstacles with respect to customer engagement, workforce management, the development of business strategy, and explore how the smart use of technology can help retailers overcome
those obstacles.
When it comes to engaging with brands, customers today have
a number of channels to choose from. Find out how retailers can
best manage all of these channels to position themselves for ecommerce success in "Channel loyalty" (page 30).
Beyond the management of the online channel, retailers have
got to be present. But more importantly, they need to offer their
customers content that is meaningful and relevant. Read "Content
is king" (pg. 40) to find out how retailers are leveraging dynamic
online content to help build relationships with their customers and
awareness of their brands.
In addition, as an exclusive to this issue of Canadian Retailer,
Retail Council of Canada President & CEO, Diane J. Brisebois,
interviews the Retail Prophet Doug Stephens (pg. 12), Brisebois
and Stephens analyze retail in Canada and all of the trends, challenges, and opportunities heading into the new year.
As always, it's our pleasure to bring this content to you and encourage your feedback to ensure that we continue providing you
with the very best stories and news from the world of Canadian
retail. From everyone here at Canadian Retailer, we hope you and
your teams have a wonderful Holiday Season and a prosperous
and healthy start to 2018.

TECHNOLOGY & E- COMMERCE | VOLUME 27 ISSUE 6

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue

Editor’s Note
Retail Currents
Under the Banner
At Issue
Preparing for Tomorrow Today
Retail 2018: What the Future Has in Store
Living in the Future
Getting Results
Selling Across Borders
Don’t “wannacry” Anymore About Cybercrime?
How Can Technology Solve the Biggest Retail Challenges?
Channel Loyalty
Content Is King
Delivering Your Brand to the World
Small Business. Big Impact.
Leading Retailers in Canada
Advertisers’ Index
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Intro
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - bellyband1
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - bellyband2
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - cover1
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - cover2
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 3
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Editor’s Note
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 5
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Retail Currents
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 7
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Under the Banner
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - At Issue
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Preparing for Tomorrow Today
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 11
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Retail 2018: What the Future Has in Store
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 13
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 14
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 15
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 16
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 17
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Living in the Future
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 19
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Getting Results
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 21
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Selling Across Borders
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 23
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Don’t “wannacry” Anymore About Cybercrime?
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 25
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - How Can Technology Solve the Biggest Retail Challenges?
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 27
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 28
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 29
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Channel Loyalty
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 31
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 32
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 33
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 34
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 35
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Content Is King
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 37
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 38
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 39
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Delivering Your Brand to the World
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 41
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Small Business. Big Impact.
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 43
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Leading Retailers in Canada
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 45
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - Advertisers’ Index
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - cover3
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - cover4
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 52
Canadian Retailer - The Technology & e-Commerce Issue - 53
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