Retail

Statistics Canada says retail sales fell 0.5 per cent to $61.1 billion in September led by a drop in sales at gasoline stations and food and beverage stores. People fuel up vehicles at a Shell gas station in Vancouver, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Statistics Canada reports retail sales down 0.5% in September

Sales drop led by gas stations along with food and beverage stores

 

FILE - The Amazon logo is displayed on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, July 27, 2018. Amazon is stepping back into virtual care with a new service that uses secure messaging to connect patients with doctors for help with nearly two dozen conditions. The retail giant said Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, it will launch Amazon Clinic in 32 states to provide medication refills and care for conditions like allergies, erectile disfunction, hair loss, and urinary tract infections. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Amazon plans new virtual care offering based on messaging

Amazon is stepping back into virtual care with new services including Amazon pharmacy

 

Otter Co-op Birthday invite.

Otter Co-op turns 100 with centennial celebration for the community

Is there any better reason for a birthday celebration than turning 100?…

  • Oct 10, 2022

 

Glen Chisholm, manager of Otter Co-op’s Langley Food Store. Photo courtesy Otter Co-op.

Neighbours helping neighbours: Otter Co-op gives back to families + the community

Competitive pricing, food donations and farmer support among the Co-op’s locally driven focus

  • Sep 26, 2022
Glen Chisholm, manager of Otter Co-op’s Langley Food Store. Photo courtesy Otter Co-op.
Julie Kalinowski, CEO of the dress and gown rental store The Fitzroy, is photographed in her Toronto store, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex Lupul

To rent or buy? What’s in store for the clothing rental industry in Canada

One fashion expert thinks major clothing brands may start launching their own rental segments

Julie Kalinowski, CEO of the dress and gown rental store The Fitzroy, is photographed in her Toronto store, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex Lupul
People fuel up vehicles in Vancouver, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Statistics Canada says retail sales fell 2.5 per cent to $61.3 billion in July, the first drop in seven months, driven by lower sales at gasoline stations and clothing and clothing accessories stores. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Statistics Canada says retail sales fell 2.5% to $61.3 billion in July

Initial estimate for August pointed to a gain of 0.4 per cent for the month

People fuel up vehicles in Vancouver, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Statistics Canada says retail sales fell 2.5 per cent to $61.3 billion in July, the first drop in seven months, driven by lower sales at gasoline stations and clothing and clothing accessories stores. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Minister of Environment Steven Guilbeault speaks during a press conference outside the GLOBE Forum at the Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. A Canadian environmental organization is calling for more transparency and better enforcement of national regulations of toxic chemicals after more than one quarter of items bought at popular dollar stores tested positive for substances such as lead. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Toxic chemicals commonly found in dollar store items, testing shows

One in four products tested were positive for managed substances

Minister of Environment Steven Guilbeault speaks during a press conference outside the GLOBE Forum at the Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. A Canadian environmental organization is calling for more transparency and better enforcement of national regulations of toxic chemicals after more than one quarter of items bought at popular dollar stores tested positive for substances such as lead. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
The ‘majestic’ banaduck sits calmly, unaware of the shopping frenzy it has unleashed (photo credit: @whit3lighter/Twitter)
The ‘majestic’ banaduck sits calmly, unaware of the shopping frenzy it has unleashed (photo credit: @whit3lighter/Twitter)
Darryl Bellows, Produce Manager from Otter Co-op in Langley.

Savour home-grown goodness at your local grocer

At Otter Co-op support includes local growers and community

  • Jul 11, 2022
Darryl Bellows, Produce Manager from Otter Co-op in Langley.
A shopper wipes down a handle as they select a cart at an Ikea furniture store in Ottawa, Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Canadian retailers are struggling with higher shipping costs as couriers tack hefty fuel surcharges onto shipping rates to recoup record gas prices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A shopper wipes down a handle as they select a cart at an Ikea furniture store in Ottawa, Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Canadian retailers are struggling with higher shipping costs as couriers tack hefty fuel surcharges onto shipping rates to recoup record gas prices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
The Otter Co-op team is thrilled to invite local charities to apply to receive one of one hundred, $1,000 donations, in honour of the Co-op’s 100th anniversary!

Co-op turns its centennial celebration into $100,000 gift for the community

You don’t turn 100 every day, so when it happens, it’s definitely…

  • Jun 20, 2022
The Otter Co-op team is thrilled to invite local charities to apply to receive one of one hundred, $1,000 donations, in honour of the Co-op’s 100th anniversary!
Shoppers enter the main Otter Co-op store on Wednesday, June 8. After a record year of sales, members will be getting close to $6 million in profit sharing. (Dan Ferguson/Black Press Media)

Despite pandemic challenges, 100-year-old Otter Co-op returns millions to members

Board of directors approved the patronage reimbursement of $5.9 million based on 2021 purchases

  • Jun 9, 2022
Shoppers enter the main Otter Co-op store on Wednesday, June 8. After a record year of sales, members will be getting close to $6 million in profit sharing. (Dan Ferguson/Black Press Media)
With Otter Co-op’s full-service meat department, including custom-cutting meat in-store, you know the steak you pick up for the grill or that Sunday evening roast pork will be delicious.

Barbecue season is here – time to learn why this local butcher is a cut above!

From dry-aged beef to special-order steaks and more, a delicious dinner starts here

  • May 9, 2022
With Otter Co-op’s full-service meat department, including custom-cutting meat in-store, you know the steak you pick up for the grill or that Sunday evening roast pork will be delicious.
Samantha Phillips, Manager of Otter Co-op’s Langley Retail Centre, invites guests to experience the Otter Co-op difference.

Neighbours helping neighbours: Otter Co-op gives back to families + the community

Competitive pricing, food donations and farmer support among the Co-op’s locally driven focus

  • May 2, 2022
Samantha Phillips, Manager of Otter Co-op’s Langley Retail Centre, invites guests to experience the Otter Co-op difference.
Samantha Phillips, Manager of Otter Co-op’s Langley Retail Centre, invites guests to experience the Otter Co-op difference.

Neighbours helping neighbours: Otter Co-op gives back to families + the community

Competitive pricing, food donations and farmer support among the Co-op’s locally driven focus

  • May 2, 2022
Samantha Phillips, Manager of Otter Co-op’s Langley Retail Centre, invites guests to experience the Otter Co-op difference.
Among politicians present to offer congratulations and participate in the ribbon cutting April 13 were (left to right) Surrey Couns. Brenda Locke, Allison Patton and Linda Annis, Surrey White Rock MP Kerry Lynne Findlay, Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum, B.C. Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation Bruce Ralston and Surrey-Guildford MLA Garry Begg. Cutting the ribbon is

Walmart opens 300,000-square-foot South Surrey distribution centre

Technologically-advanced building aims at energy-efficiency, sustainability

Among politicians present to offer congratulations and participate in the ribbon cutting April 13 were (left to right) Surrey Couns. Brenda Locke, Allison Patton and Linda Annis, Surrey White Rock MP Kerry Lynne Findlay, Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum, B.C. Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation Bruce Ralston and Surrey-Guildford MLA Garry Begg. Cutting the ribbon is
A large Kmart sign is displayed in front of a shopping plaza in Avenel, N.J., Monday, April 4, 2022. When the Kmart in Avenel closes its doors on April 16, it will leave only three remaining U.S. locations for the former retail powerhouse. It’s a far cry from the chain’s heyday in the 1980s and ‘90s when it had more than 2,000 stores and sold product lines endorsed by Martha Stewart and former “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Former retail giant Kmart nears extinction as closure reduces US store count to 3

In its heyday, Kmart operated well over 2,000 stores and was firmly a piece of American culture

A large Kmart sign is displayed in front of a shopping plaza in Avenel, N.J., Monday, April 4, 2022. When the Kmart in Avenel closes its doors on April 16, it will leave only three remaining U.S. locations for the former retail powerhouse. It’s a far cry from the chain’s heyday in the 1980s and ‘90s when it had more than 2,000 stores and sold product lines endorsed by Martha Stewart and former “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
People ride an escalator at a shopping mall in Montreal, Saturday, January 15, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Retail sales dropped 1.8 per cent in December to $57B, Statistics Canada says

Sales were down in eight of 11 subsectors, representing 62.9 per cent of retail trade

People ride an escalator at a shopping mall in Montreal, Saturday, January 15, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A sales clerk sanitizes appliances at a furniture store in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. on Monday, May 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Retail sales climbed 0.7 per cent in November to $58.1B, Statistics Canada says

Uptick in retail sales of 0.7 per cent was down from the 1.6 per cent growth recorded in October

A sales clerk sanitizes appliances at a furniture store in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. on Monday, May 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
When you shop at Otter Co-op, 100 per cent of the money you spend goes back into the community. Right now, all locations are collecting donations for Canadian Red Cross flood relief efforts, and both Otter Co-op and Federated Co-operatives Limited are matching donations.

From gifts to groceries, how shopping locally helps your community!

The holidays are upon us, and if you’re doing any last-minute shopping…

  • Dec 13, 2021
When you shop at Otter Co-op, 100 per cent of the money you spend goes back into the community. Right now, all locations are collecting donations for Canadian Red Cross flood relief efforts, and both Otter Co-op and Federated Co-operatives Limited are matching donations.