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Making investing more transparent

In a new paper, Professor Maxime Cohen and his colleagues push for IPOs to adopt “triggered disclosures” instead of one-size-fits-all disclosures about their operations. Although currently voluntary, mandatory triggered disclosures would maintain company privacy while setting a precedent for greater transparency with investors.

Published: 11 Jan 2022

Pushing back against fast fashion

The past five years have seen a rise in privately owned apparel resale companies, bucking previous trends toward fast fashion. Between ongoing clothing supply shortages and growing concern about sustainability, younger Millennials and Gen Zers are turning to curated vintage retailers to stock their wardrobes, explains Anwar White, Program Director of the Master of Management in Retailing.

Published: 11 Jan 2022

Retailers are hoping for better days ahead after Omicron

In recent weeks, the highly transmissible Omicron variant has dampened once-sunny retail forecasts for 2022. But according to Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, Canadian retailers may experience a sizable increase in sales after emerging from the latest round of lockdowns.

Published: 11 Jan 2022

Shedding light on liquor shortages

Amid supply chain bottlenecks overseas, Canada is facing a significant shortage of imported liquor, leading provincial liquor authorities to encourage early, local shopping for holiday favourites. According to Professor Saibal Ray, Academic Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, the ongoing scarcity of transportation resources is only making the shortage more acute.

Published: 19 Dec 2021

Transforming revenue into community impact

When COVID-19 hit Canada, Catherine Dagenais (EMBA’18) successfully maintained employee and consumer operations at SAQ, Quebec’s liquor commission. As the government retailer’s CEO since 2018, Dagenais spearheaded company efforts to implement strict sanitary protocols and develop contactless delivery solutions to meet consumer needs.

Published: 14 Dec 2021

Building sustainable brands

In an upcoming Retail Leaders Talk, Liza Amlani will speak with Master of Management in Retailing (MMR) students about her vision for helping retail brands build more equitable and sustainable strategies.

Published: 14 Dec 2021

Storytelling in luxury retail

Earlier this fall, Master of Management in Retailing (MMR) students had the chance to hear from Lanita Layton, a luxury retail and brand consultant with over two decades of retail experience. Throughout the pandemic, Layton stood at the forefront of helping companies reimagine their brand stories to sustain loyal relationships with existing customers and expand their reach to new audiences.

Published: 14 Dec 2021

This holiday season is make-or-break for retailers

In light of ongoing supply chain bottlenecks and labour shortages, businesses may not offer their deepest discounts this holiday season. According to Professor Saibal Ray, the Academic Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, 2021 sales will signal whether many retailers can stay afloat despite production delays.

Published: 8 Dec 2021

Shedding light on the supply chain dilemma

As retailers anticipate a welcome uptick in sales amid the holiday shopping season, manufacturing and delivery delays continue to limit just how much profit retailers can expect.

Published: 1 Dec 2021

IKEA Canada's Michael Ward shares vision of a retail future with MMR cohort

In a recent Master of Management in Retailing Retail Leaders Talk event, guest speaker Michael Ward, CEO and Chief Sustainability Officer of IKEA Canada, shared his insights on business from a digital and global perspective. Following the discussion, students had the chance to ask questions, allowing them to engage with the material further and gain a deeper understanding.

Published: 1 Dec 2021

Black Friday: Forever changed by COVID-19 and digitization?

With online shopping more convenient than ever, Anwar White, Program Director of the Master of Management in Retailing, discusses how retailers have adapted their strategy around Black Friday to drive innovation, offering lessons for future leaders in retail.

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Published: 1 Dec 2021

Retail Innovation Lab inaugurated by Quebec Minister of the Economy

The Retail Innovation Lab at McGill University in partnership with Alimentation Couche-Tard has been officially inaugurated by Lucie Lecours, Quebec’s Minister of the Economy. As the first of its kind in the world dedicated to on-the-ground simulation research for retail technology, the lab represents monumental progress and future growth for the Bensadoun School of Retail Management and its industry collaborators.

Published: 15 Nov 2021

Slowing the vehicle supply chain

In the race to cut down on global carbon emissions, many experts are turning their attention to automotive manufacturers and their customers. As a potential solution to slowing the vehicle supply chain, Professor Saibal Ray, Academic Director at the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, suggests a collective pivot toward car rentals or other ride-share services in place of purchasing personal vehicles.

Published: 15 Nov 2021

Retailers can ease customer anxiety after the pandemic changed grocery shopping

COVID-19 caused massive shifts in the way we do even the most mundane of things. Take grocery shopping, for example. This past October, Dr. Yu Ma, Associate Professor of Marketing and Academic Director of the Master of Management in Retailing (MMR), spoke at Grocery Innovations Canada.

Published: 2 Nov 2021

Finding solutions for fair, online pricing

With e-commerce here to stay, dynamic pricing algorithms are adjusting what individual consumers pay for their items online using a complex system of price comparisons and purchase histories.

Published: 29 Oct 2021

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