Instagram encourages you to connect with things as much as with other people.
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Instagram's Shop button signals the growing commodification of human interactions on social media.
Many businesses struggle with data security, but the new Privacy Act means they will have to make protecting customers' personal information a priority.
A little digging can help you avoid those too-good-to-be-true traps when shopping online.
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Fraudulent sites are easy to set up and it's easy to get fooled, according to a psychologist who has advice on how to check out online merchants.
A Mountain Equipment Co-op store in Montréal .
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Since its inception, Mountain Equipment Co-op has collected information on every single transaction of each of its five million members. In the current digital economy, this data is a goldmine.
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Whether you like it or not, the globalised world will survive Donald Trump and the pandemic.
Shoppers line up in front of a Zara clothing store waiting for the opening after being closed for nearly two months in Montréal on May 25, 2020.
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Retailers must focus on training customer-facing teams to succeed post-coronavirus.
E-commerce in China has driven innovative approaches not yet seen in the West.
China is re-inventing ways to make online shopping more fun, and it's proving very successful indeed.
Is that online order real or counterfeit?
The recent seizures of counterfeit testing kits by U.S. Customs and Border Protection show that the counterfeiters have begun to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis.
The digital economy includes small holder farmers being able to access finance on a mobile device without having to go to a bank.
The digital economy will, soon, become the ordinary economy as the uptake - and application - of digital technologies in every sector in the world grows.
The ability of online retailers to offer next-day delivery service for an annual fee or at an affordable price has dynamically changed the retail business and shifted sales from in-store to online.
Innovation is integral to the success of Canadian retailers and encouraging consumers to shop in stores as well as online. The big strategic risk is not innovating and failing, but failing to innovate.
India’s prime minister Narendra Modi is the only leader not to agree to sign up to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
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Australia was hoping to get broader access to Indian markets as part of a new trade deal that covers almost half of the world's population.
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Some initiatives aim to develop more ethical and equitable models.
Clothing racks won’t be going away anytime soon.
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A retail expert explains why brick-and-mortar brands will continue to thrive in the age of e-commerce.
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Countries in Africa have some of the highest rates of entrepreneurship in the world, yet their contribution to the economy is limited. Technology such as the blockchain, drones and AI could provide a way forward.
Ikea’s Hyderabad store has not been as busy as the Swedish giants had hoped.
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India's furniture industry is worth US$32billion and is projected to double by 2023.
What goes up …
Even Amazon can't defy gravity forever.
There's a time cost and a risk of overspending for customers. For retailers, returns can be a massive headache.
Unloading packages and arranging them for delivery in New York City.
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Rising e-commerce means more delivery trucks and urban gridlock. Lockers at transit centers, where carriers can leave packages for people who live or work nearby, are a potential solution.
U.S. President Donald Trump announces a revamped North American free trade deal in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Oct. 1, 2018.
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The USMCA, if ratified, will fundamentally alter North America’s political and economic structures, increasing American dominance over its neighbours.
Despite closures, there’s still room for real life shopping.
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Bricks and mortar stores can play a crucial component in the future of retail.