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McGill’s Retail Innovation Lab can help solve labor shortage in Quebec

Eric Bosco, the head of business development and partnerships at MITACS, provides recommendations for solving the current labour shortage in Quebec. He cites the Bensadoun School of Retail Management’s new Retail Innovation Laboratory as an essential partner in encouraging and supporting innovation within local companies.

Published: 8 Sep 2021

Uptick in back-to-school spending

Across Canada and the U.S., schools are opening their doors for in-person learning, causing a spike in back-to-school revenues that retailers haven’t seen since before the pandemic. Anwar White, Program Director of the Master of Management in Retailing, predicts that parents will spend more money than usual on supplies in their eagerness to give their children a normal back-to-school experience.

Published: 8 Sep 2021

In-store technology is transforming retail spaces

Throughout the pandemic, in-store technologies like price-check kiosks and self-checkout have created a more convenient shopping experience for consumers and provided retailers with greater access to valuable data on shopping habits. But consumers are concerned about privacy, and retailers may not have the necessary resources to purchase and upkeep in-store tech.

Published: 23 Aug 2021

How to reform tax opportunity zones

Professor Maxime Cohen joins Boston College’s Dmitry Mitrofanov to weigh in on tax opportunity zones in the U.S. Designed to generate cash flow in lower-income areas, opportunity zone programs have proven useful for both residential and corporate real estate developers. On the other hand, these programs would benefit from clearer metrics and more adaptable protocols for identifying communities in which to invest.

Published: 23 Aug 2021

After pandemic lockdowns, consumers are ready to spend

Retail experts like Charles de Brabant, Executive Director at the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, are signaling the rise of revenge shopping, a phenomenon describing how consumers purchase more for pleasure as retailers re-open their doors to the public. Clothing retail will see a particular uptick in sales, de Brabant predicts, along with home decoration and renovation.

Published: 12 Aug 2021

Professor Cohen awarded 2021 NSERC Discovery Grant

Maxime Cohen, Professor of Retail and Operations Management awarded 2021 NSERC Discovery Grant

Published: 22 Jul 2021

Discovering a new normal in retail

As national borders and business doors open once again, retail experts are taking a careful look at how this newfound freedom and mobility impacts consumer behaviour.

Published: 28 Jun 2021

McGill ranks among the top 30 global universities

For the second consecutive year, McGill University is tied for 27th place among the best all-around higher education institutions in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings.

Published: 17 Jun 2021

Frictionless shopping pays off

As convenient becomes more synonymous with contactless, Professor Saibal Ray, Academic Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, sees a wealth of opportunity for retailers to innovate.

By providing more digital options, both in-store and online, retailers can set the stage for a boost in sales and customer loyalty that exceeds their investment in technology upgrades.

Published: 17 Jun 2021

Untapped potential

Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, provides insights on the $5 billion, Montreal-based luxury clothing retailer, SSENSE.

The company's success, he says, bodes well for the fashion industry in Montreal. It’s a chance for high-end retail brands to build into a niche group of customers yet unreached, particularly millennials with deep pockets.

Published: 10 Jun 2021

Gauging progress in Canada’s vaccination efforts

Professor Saibal Ray, Academic Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, joins a group of experts on the Bill Kelly Show podcast to share his perspective on the status of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout initiative, including the growing pressure to expand vaccine access on a global scale.  

Published: 9 Jun 2021

Desautels thought leadership publication Delve launches delve.mcgill.ca and new podcast episodes 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Delve, the thought leadership publication of McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management, has examined how organizations grapple with a rapidly changing world.

Published: 31 May 2021

Luxury retailer embraces athleisure during pandemic 

Menswear retailer Harry Rosen Inc. built its brand by dressing Canadian men in tailored designer suits, but the mass exodus from offices and boardrooms across the country during the pandemic sent demand spiraling downward. In response, Harry Rosen expanded its casual collections and made a foray into the male grooming and personal care product arena.

Published: 27 May 2021

Delve - The "New Normal" podcast: Black Swan Event with Saibal Ray

In episode 1 of The ‘New Normal’ hosted by Dave Kaufman, Professor Saibal Ray highlights the successes and failures of the COVID-19 vaccine procurement and global distribution, compares Israel's effort to Canada's, and questions if Canada will want to do all that’s necessary to be prepared should similar incidents arise in the future.

Published: 21 May 2021

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