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Implications of Demographic Change for the Retail and Service Sector

By Dr. Tony Hernandez and Doug Norris

Canada's demography is changing.  The population is ageing.  Our multicultural nation is increasingly relying on immigration to sustain growth.  The divide between...

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The Changing Face of the Shopping Mall

By Dr. Tony Hernandez, Brian Lorch, and Paul Du

This article examines the strategies being employed by Canadian shopping mall management in response to the widespread development and growing...

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Market Thresholds of Major Retail Chains in Canada: 2nd Edition

By Dr. Tony Hernandez and Magnus Svindal

This research letter examines the spatial distribution of major chains across Canada by size of 'market' (and is an update to our...

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The Next Digital Divide: Online Social Network Privacy

By Dr. Tony Hernandez, Avner Levin, Mary Foster, Bettina West, Mary Jo Nicholson, and Wendy Cukier

Privacy issues are increasingly impacting the way in which goods and services are...

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Going Green: The Implications of Sustainability for Commercial Activities

By Jim Simmons and Shizue Kamikihara

'Green retailing' has become the latest buzz-term within the retail industry.  The numerous ways in which contemporary consumption impact climate and environmental change (e.g.,...

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Power Retail Growth in Canada and the GTA: 2007

By Dr. Tony Hernandez, Tansel Erguden and Magnus Svindal

The evolution of power retailing has been the focus of numerous CSCA reports over the last decade.  The development and...

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Greening Retail: Volume 1 - Identifying the 'Greening Retail' Opportunity for Canadian Retailers

By Wendy Evans, Marion Denney, Bernie Mcintyre, Anne Reesor, Renee Van Den Bremer

In recent years concerns over global warming and sustainability have been at the forefront of world political...

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Canada's Leading Retailers - Latest Trends and Strategies: 5th Edition

By Christopher Daniel, Dr. Tony Hernandez and Joseph Aversa

This report provides insight into the trends and strategies of Canada's Top 112 retail corporations for Fiscal 2005.  The...

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Foreign Retailers in China: Stories of Success and Setbacks

By Shuguang Wang and Paul Du

Retail internationalization has been a recurrent theme of research at the Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity (CSCA).  The centre's research has included: studies...

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Lifestyle Centres in Canada: 2007

By Dr. Tony Hernandez

The 'lifestyle centre' label is regarded by many practitioners in the retail development and planning industry as an over-used misnomer that is increasingly being adopted...

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Power Retail Growth in Canada and the GTA: 2006

By Dr. Tony Hernandez, Tansel Erguden and Magnus Svindal

The evolution of power retailing has been the focus of numerous CSCA reports over the last decade.  The development and...

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Location Strategies in Quebec

By Jim Simmons and Shizue Kamikihara

This paper continues the interest of the CSCA in location strategy as the sequence of sites selected by various commercial format or brand names.  The...

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The Diversity of Commercial Locations in the Greater Toronto Area

By Jim Simmons and Shizue Kamikihara

The CSCA has been compiling information about the commercial structure of the Toronto region for more than fifteen years.  Periodically we try to pull...

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Aging Consumers and the Commercial Structure

By Dr. Tony Hernandez, Jim Simmons and Shizue Kamikihara

Canada's population will age significantly over the next few decades.  As a result there will be a steady increase in...

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Productivity Growth in Canadian Retailing

By Jim Simmons

This research letter focuses on the productivity gains that have been experienced within the Canadian retail industry.  The causes of such growth are discussed with reference to...

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Hot Spots in Canadian Retailing: 2002-2003

By Dr. Tony Hernandez, Tansel Erguden and Philip Bermingham

This report is the sixth in our series of updates that identify and interpret change in the major concentrations of...

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Canada's Leading Retailers - Latest Trends and Strategies: 4th Edition

By Christopher Daniel and Dr. Tony Hernandez

This report provides insight into the trends and strategies of Canada's Top 95 retail corporations for Fiscal 2004.  The research reflects...

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Market Segmentation: a Practitioner Guide to Segmentation

By Dr. Tony Hernandez, Chuck Chakrapani and Tony Lea

The consumer landscape has become increasingly complex over the last fifty years.  Today's consumers can be characterized by a mix...

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Under the Radar? The Employer Perspective on Workplace Privacy

By Dr. Tony Hernandez, Avner Levine, Mary Foster and Mary Jo Nicholson

Over recent years retailers and consumers have become increasingly aware of issues related to the security of...

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Power Retail Growth in Canada and the GTA: 2005

By Dr. Tony Hernandez, Tansel Erguden and Philip Bermingham

The evolution of power retailing has been the focus of numerous CSCA reports over the last decade.  The development and...

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