Canadian Retailer - November/December 2012 - (Page 6)

SHOP TALK RETAIL NEWS ALDO CELEBRATES 40 YEARS IN RETAIL Laliberté (Founder, Cirque du Soleil), Chris Mitchell (Publisher and Editor, GQ), George Stroumboulopoulos and others. The company closed out the celebrations by converting the exhibit stage into a concert venue for an intimate show featuring Qualité Motel and Radio Radio. ICONIC SEARS WISH BOOK TURNS 60 Next year Sears Canada will be celebrating its 60th anniversary as a company. And, what better way to begin the festivities than with the launch of the 60th edition of one of Canada’s most iconic and respected staples of the Holiday Season — the Sears Wish Book. To help kick off the celebrations, Sears Canada’s President and CEO Calvin McDonald visited his hometown of London, ON, to personally deliver the Wish Book catalogue in his old neighbourhood of Westminster Park. During McDonald’s visit, each person who was home to receive his personally delivered catalogue also received a Sears store gift card valued at $50. In addition, one winner was selected at randon to receive $1,000 that could be spent at any Sears location and the company’s collectible charity plush bear, Cooper. "As a young boy growing up in London, my first job was delivering Sears catalogues," said McDonald. "I vividly recall my first look at that huge pile of Wish Books Sears delivered to my home and, because of its exciting contents, it quickly became my favourite catalogue to deliver." As well as issuing the print edition of the Wish Book, Sears Canada has also taken the opportunity to appeal to a broader audience with the introduction of a digital version of the Wish Book that is available to view on the iPad. LA MAISON OPENS FIRST LOCATION OUTSIDE OF QUEBEC Quebec department store La Maison Simons recently opened its first store outside of Quebec in the West Edmonton Mall. In an attempt to stave off increasing competition entering the Canadian market, Simons is investing somewhere in the region of $50 million into development of the outlet. “It was a conscious decision to try to make it an exceptional store,” said Chief Executive Officer Peter Simons. “There are people who question whether our concept can survive outside of Quebec... I’m out to prove them wrong.” With an influx of stylish and affordable U.S. retailers entering the Canadian market, Simons will await early signs of progress from the Edmonton location before exploring the viability of further locations in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa. RCC SAFETY GROUP RETURNS RECORD REBATE TO RETAILERS The ALDO Group, one of Canada’s most renowned fashion footwear retailers, celebrated its 40th year in retail with a series of events and exhibits this past Fall. Celebrations open to the public were held between October 11-21 in the retailer’s hometown of Montreal and included a unique interactive pop-up exhibit that presented ALDO’s history and the social and cultural foundations on which the company was built. Visitors to the exhibit were also given the opportunity to explore ALDO’s values, design process, creativity and the people who have helped shape the company since its founding. The celebration, according to Founder and Executive Chairman, Aldo Bensadoun, is special and symbolic. “Since 1972, we have been building a unique company. It’s an honour to be celebrating our 40th anniversary at home, where we took our first step. It will be a special time to celebrate with the Montreal community.” The company also put on its Salon Series — a gathering of people, minds and styles that have inspired ALDO through the years. The series, which was hosted by well-known personalities, consisted of three sessions and included the likes of Guy Since 2006, the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) Safety Group has brought together Ontario retailers to work collaboratively to improve health and safety, increase productivity, and reduce claims, injuries and severity rates. And, in November of this year, the Group was pleased to announce that 2011 marked a major milestone regarding reductions in workplace injuries and lost time. As a result, more than $2.4 million in 6 | canadian retailer | holiday 2012 | www.retailcouncil.org/cdnretailer http://www.retailcouncil.org/cdnretailer

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Retailer - November/December 2012

PUBLISHER’S DESK
SHOP TALK
FIGHTING FOR RETAILERS; ENSURING THE STRENGTH OF THE INDUSTRY
DIGITAL COMMERCE “GAME CHANGERS” & INNOVATORS
LES MANN: BUILDING A LASTING GROCERY LEGACY
CURRENCY CHANGE
RETAILER’S GUIDE
RETAIL WEST: KNOWING YOUR CUSTOMER AND GROWING YOUR BUSINESS
CREATING THE FUTURE TO PROTECT IT
RETAIL’S 2012 GAME CHANGERS
ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
RETAIL BY THE NUMBERS

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