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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

Lessons from China in a post-COVID retail industry

As the Quebec government plans to progressively reopen the economy, Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, turns to China for lessons on reopening retail following a pandemic.

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Published: 24 Apr 2020

What can we learn from China as we plan to reopen our retail industry?

In an op-ed for Retail Insider, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management Charles de Brabant highlights what we can learn from China’s experience reopening its economy post-COVID-19 lockdown. Brabant predicts a slow and progressive return to normal and considers how the relationship between brick-and-mortar and online stores may be impacted.

Published: 21 Apr 2020

Quebec initiative to boost local economy

The Quebec government has introduced a new initiative called Le Panier Blue, or The Blue Basket, to encourage the online purchase of Quebec-made goods.

Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management at McGill University, comments on how the platform will help local businesses.

Published: 7 Apr 2020

Professor Cohen wins early career award for operations management research

Maxime Cohen, Associate Professor of Retail Management and Operations Management at the Desautels Faculty of Management, has been awarded the Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Accomplishments Award. This award was given by the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS).

Published: 27 Mar 2020

Despite recent store closures in Quebec, retail industry is thriving

Despite a significant number of store closures in recent times, the retail sector is alive and well. Joining CTV News, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management Charles de Brabant reveals how retailers can keep up with the changing industry.

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Published: 2 Mar 2020

Separating Corona from the Coronavirus

Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, comments on the fine line that companies must walk when faced with unfortunate coincidences during global emergencies.

 

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Published: 18 Feb 2020

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