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As the retail industry evolves, so too does retail education

The retail industry is rapidly evolving under emerging technologies and shifting consumer demands. Discover how the new McGill-Bensadoun Master of Management in Retailing will prepare the next generation of retail leaders to shape the future of this exciting, in-demand industry.

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Published: 13 Nov 2020

Montreal retailers plan for month-long Black Friday to stay afloat

Struggling Montreal retailers hope to build a critical mass of shoppers downtown through offering traditional Black Friday sales and events for multiple days, even up to a month in some stores. Professor Saibal Ray, Academic Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, weighs in on their Hail Mary strategy.

Published: 12 Nov 2020

Omnichannel strategy essential for retailers during holidays

Anwar White, Program Director of the Master of Management in Retailing (MMR), weighs in on the efforts of leading retailers to capture the attention of consumers during the holidays. He explains why an omnichannel engagement is critical to driving sales as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shake up the retail landscape, and why the MMR is ideal for budding retail leaders.

Published: 11 Nov 2020

Balancing logic and magic

As technology shifts further toward AI technologies, the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that human qualities remain essential in business. Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, says that in retail, you must find the balance between data and human experience.

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Published: 2 Nov 2020

Meet the MMR program directors

The new Master of Management in Retailing (MMR) program is the latest offering by the Bensadoun School of Retail Management (BSRM) at McGill University. 

Yu Ma, Academic Director, and Anwar White, Program Director, discuss the MMR program ahead of its launch in fall 2021.

Published: 14 Oct 2020

How retailers can survive Montreal’s shift to red alert

On September 30, 2020, Quebec announced that Montreal’s COVID alert system would be upgraded to red, with various businesses forced to close their doors for an initial 28-day period. If Quebec cannot get cases under control before then, businesses may be hit with extended closures.

Published: 7 Oct 2020

Rethinking the food sector for a post-pandemic world

The inaugural Retail Innovation Challenge hosted by the Bensadoun School of Retail Management in June set out to help businesses adapt to their new reality brought on by COVID-19. A report by Lightspeed, in partnership with the Bensadoun School of Retail Management and Canada Post, reveals solutions presented by student teams during the challenge.

Published: 3 Sep 2020

Delve: Adapting our Global Supply Chains During a Historic Pandemic

For the last several decades we have been conditioned to assume that necessities like food items and cleaning supplies will be readily available whenever we require them. But the COVID-19 pandemic has upended those supply chains, as well as those for other necessities, such as medical devices (e.g. respirators) and personal protective equipment (e.g. masks, gloves).

Published: 20 Jul 2020

Delve: The Retailer’s Post-Pandemic Playbook

Even if the spread of COVID-19 shows signs of slowing down and retail stores begin to reopen, the economic recovery from the shutdown will be long and convincing people to visit brick-and-mortar stores will be a challenge.

Published: 2 Jul 2020

Desautels professors awarded IVADO research funding

Four Desautels professors have been awarded research grants by the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO), a Montreal-based scientific and economic data science hub. The grants will fund three two-year research projects led by Desautels professors as part of IVADO’s Fundamental Research Funding Program.

Published: 1 Jul 2020

Preparing case studies for today’s learners

In business schools, operations management (OM) and analytics courses often use case studies to drive student learning. While OM cases have traditionally focused on applications in production and manufacturing, millennial and Gen Z students are increasingly drawn to more practical, hands-on cases that develop their skills in areas like programming and data analytics.

Published: 23 Jun 2020

Delve: Consumer Behaviour in the Post-Pandemic Retail Landscape

As the world rallies to contain the spread of COVID-19, consumers continue to adapt to the new normal, characterized by stringent physical distancing and self-quarantining measures. In such a context, few aspects of consumer behaviour will be left unchanged over the long term.

Published: 19 Jun 2020

Retail Innovation Challenge helps retailers through economic recovery

Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, joins Retail Insider to share how the Retail Innovation Challenge is empowering students to help local and national companies on their road to economic recovery.

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Published: 17 Jun 2020

Leadership framework for a post-COVID retail industry

Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, proposes a framework to help retail leaders navigate the path to recovery as we begin to reopen our economies.

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Published: 28 May 2020

Business schools to lend a hand in economic recovery

Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management, looks at how business schools are providing community outreach to reduce the economic burden of COVID-19.

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Published: 5 May 2020


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