Retail

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 21, 2022 at 8:15 am

Food for thought Let’s start with a little game of “Okay, stop” with Sylvain Charlebois—professor in food distribution and policy and senior director of the AgriFood Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University and all-round media darling. Here he is on the question of whether Canada’s three leading grocers have been price-gougingRead More

Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime News

Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime News

July 27, 2022 at 11:55 am

Summer, I have decided, is a time for experimentation. When the thermometer hits 30 degrees Celsius, the only thing I want to dive deeply into is the Bras d’Or Lake, so this week, I’m going to try something a little different. Instead of covering one topic in depth, I’m goingRead More

How the End of Hero Pay Changed Canadian Law

How the End of Hero Pay Changed Canadian Law

June 29, 2022 at 11:21 am

It’s been just over two years since Canada’s biggest grocery store chains declared the pandemic over and canceled the premium they’d been paying their front-line staff for all of three months. On 13 June 2020, according to the Financial Post: …Canada’s top three grocery chains simultaneously cancelled their $2-per-hour “heroRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 3, 2022 at 10:32 am

Buy buy Writing about Destination Cape Breton and the Cape Breton Partnership these past couple of weeks has been like returning to earlier, simpler times when publicly funded agencies and their dubious achievements occupied a lot of my brain space. But it all feels a little darker these days. TourismRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes On Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes On Random Things

May 6, 2022 at 9:30 am

Lord have Percy I don’t even know where to start with this baffling story. Freshii, the Canadian-based fast-food chain, is experimenting with a “virtual cashier” system called “Percy” that allows it to hire cashiers in Nicaragua and pay them US$3.75/hour instead of minimum wage in Ontario which is $15 (US$11.70)Read More

A Walmart in Hamilton County, TN that was closed to open a new store less than a mile away. (Brave New Films from United States, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)

The “Dark Store” Theory

April 20, 2022 at 1:21 pm

Talk of big box retailers benefiting from CBRM’s recently announced 5% tax cut got me to googling and I discovered that these corporations have been getting quite creative in their attempts to reduce their assessments south of the border. I will preface this by saying that my “research” (which I’veRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 4, 2022 at 10:15 am

Pet sounds Episode 12 of Annette Verschuren’s Bet On Me podcast (“Prioritizing Purpose with Profits: Getting to know Ikdeep Singh, Regional President of Mars Pet Nutrition“) would have put me to sleep entirely had it not, at times, managed to annoy me so deeply. Her guest’s connection to Cape BretonRead More

Doing Unto Others

Doing Unto Others

December 15, 2021 at 11:47 am

A recent celebrant on CTV’s local Mass for Shut-ins began his homily with this line: If you go out into the garage and stay there all day, it doesn’t make you a car. Similarly if you go to church every Sunday, it doesn’t make you a Christian. That statement threwRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 3, 2021 at 10:30 am

Toll Road Hypocrisy alert: I literally just read an email from Amazon telling me I can expect delivery of my order on December 17. I try really hard to avoid using Amazon — I just checked my order history and this is the first time I’ve placed one since 2019Read More

Port of Sydney Update: Capital, Cruise & COVID

Port of Sydney Update: Capital, Cruise & COVID

November 17, 2021 at 1:32 pm

The new board chair of the Port of Sydney Development Corporation (PSDC), James Kerr, presented to CBRM council during its regular November meeting last week, a topic I touched on briefly in last week’s Fast & Curious, because Kerr announced the board had decided to make its minutes public andRead More