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Canadian Tire rolls out loyalty program nationally

TORONTO — After testing a loyalty program for more than two years in Nova Scotia, Canadian Tire has finally announced its intention to roll out the program nationally.

Canadian Tire has long been a pioneer of loyalty programs, introducing its Canadian Tire “money” in 1958 as a way to keep customers coming back to its stores. Now, the program is moving online, complete with its own app that lets customers collect points. The program will launch officially in Nova Scotia on October 10, then roll out nationally on October 28…

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Hot retail trends will be presented at Hardlines Conference

WORLD HEADQUARTERS, Toronto — The latest merchandising trends is always the topic most requested by our delegates at the annual Hardlines Conference. This year’s conference speakers will deliver that—in spades—including no less than the association that follows the latest trends worldwide:

Retail Trends that Inspire: A Global Tour. Jo Rossman leads programs at the Retail & Design Center at the Association for Retail Environments and leads the association’s DREAM Team, a think tank of retail design stars.

Meeting the Challenge of Today’s Omni-Channel Consumer. Robert Howard, partner with Kurt Salmon, has a great insight into the online and in-store retail customer experience, and he delivers that insight with energy, insight, and humour. This session is guaranteed to help you see more clearly the relationship between bricks and mortar and the burgeoning world of e-commerce. Robert will find connections within today’s retail environment that are guaranteed to surprise and edify you…

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Canada included in Home Depot security breach

ATLANTA — A suspected security breach of Home Depot’s customer database has been confirmed by the company, after an investigation of its payment data systems. According to a message on its website, the breach could “potentially impact any customer that has used their payment card at our U.S. and Canadian stores, from April forward.” The breach does not appear to have affected stores in Mexico or customers who shopped online at HomeDepot.com…

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Canadian Tire Showroom features first drive-through

TORONTO —Canadian Tire opened a one-of-a-kind retail “showroom” store in the spring, at its Laird and Eglinton location in Toronto, that will provide an opportunity to showcase seasonal assortments…

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Giant outdoor living show draws 100-plus countries

COLOGNE, Germany — Visitors from around the world gathered here recently for spoga+gafa, the world’s largest lawn, garden, and outdoor living trade fair. And the numbers show it was a popular event, with 36,000 attendees from more than 100 counties who came to see trends, technology, and more in the lawn and garden and outdoor living…

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DAILY NEWS UPDATES

Home Hardware sponsors Canada Cup

ST. JACOBS, Ont. — Home Hardware has signed on for a three-year deal as title sponsor of the Canada Cup of Curling…

Ace offers in-store pickup through eBay

KING OF PRUSSIA, Penn. — Ace Hardware and eBay announced an expanded partnership…

Unique challenges for Target in Quebec

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Target’s establishment in Canada has been notoriously troubled, but…

Porch raised $33m on the sly

SEATTLE — Home improvement startup Porch celebrated its first birthday with the…

U.S. housing starts drop in August, up y-o-y

WASHINGTON — U.S. housing starts in August dropped…

Tree Island Steel celebrates 50th year

Richmond B.C. — Tree Island Steel is celebrating its 50th year…

Time running out to register for CHHMA Golf

TORONTO — The CHHMA will hold its 13th Annual Memorial Golf Classic on October…

Grand opening for new Chalifour DC

VAUGHAN, Ont. — Chalifour Canada announced that it has moved from its Vancouver…

Target adds small format in San Diego

MINNEAPOLIS — Target announced plans for its sixth TargetExpress store, opening…

Housing sales up in August

OTTAWA — National home sales rose 1.8% in August, according to the latest data…

CHHMA Memorial Golf will honour past friends

TORONTO — The Canadian Hardware & Housewares Manufacturers Association…

Saks to debut in Canada in 2016

TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. will open Canada’s first Saks Fifth Avenue and discount…

Hardlines conference brings together veteran speakers, young leaders

TORONTO — The Toronto Airport Sheraton will again become the hub of the home improvement industry in Canada for two days in October, with the Hardlines annual conference series the not-to-be-missed industry event of the year. In addition to an illustrious lineup of speakers including Canadian Tire’s Greg Hicks, Toronto Blue Jays CEO Paul Beeston, and ACE president Robert Moschorak, the conference will feature a panel addressing the issues facing the next generation of retail leadership, all within the context of Hardlines’ renowned hospitality. register today!

Dollarama won't mess with success

MONTREAL — Dollarama will keep to its “winning formula” as it swells to 1200 stores over…