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The $13.7 billion Whole Foods buy has turned the world against Amazon — and we'll see the sparks fly next year

The tech industry loves to talk about small, nimble startups.<p>In reality, though, the tech game plan today is all about bulking up and getting as big as possible.<p>Megamergers, such as Broadcom's pending $105 billion acquisition of Qualcomm and Dell's $67 billion purchase of EMC in 2016, underscore …

eCommerce

Why Chick-fil-A Is Crushing the Competition (and What You Can Learn from It) | Inc.com

I have always been enamored with companies that blatantly outperform the competition. I marvel in everything from their CEO's decision making, habits of their leadership team, marketing, strategy, all the way down to their execution. What's even more fascinating is for companies to separate …

Chick-fil-A

McDonald’s lays out plan to bring traffic back to stores

McDonald's Corp.'s acknowledged on Wednesday that it lost 500 million customer transactions in the United States since 2012 and laid out its plans to get more people back into its restaurants – including by letting them order and pay on their mobile phones by the end of the year.<p>The world's biggest …

7 Reasons Starbucks Launched A Subscription Service

The transaction economy is fast being replaced by the subscription economy. Instead of buying one song at a time, many music fans are subscribing to sites like Rdio and Spotify to get their tunes.<p>Instead of buying movies, couch potatoes are subscribing to Netflix.<p>It is estimated that Amazon Prime …

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Sunrise Records takes over 70 HMV locations in malls

In an ambitious and risky investment while many bricks-and-mortar music stores struggle, Toronto's Sunrise Records is taking over 70 stores that HMV …

Burger King owner chickens out on deal with Popeyes

Don’t expect Burger King to be frying Popeyes’ chicken.<p>Burger King/Tim Hortons parent Restaurant Brands was interested in buying Popeyes Louisiana …

For the TSX's freshest stock, a recipe for the long term

Matthew Corrin was 23 when he opened the first Freshii in downtown Toronto in 2005. He had never worked in the restaurant industry before and didn't have a detailed business plan. What he did have was a $250,000 investment from his parents and a vision for a different way of eating.<p>Freshii Inc. has …

As Toronto's Fashion District changes, small businesses are feeling the heat

For 43 years, Four Seasons Fur was a fixture of the fashion district. From the corner of Adelaide and Peter, owner Angelo Papaevangelidis watched trends come and go, stores open and close, buildings come down and condos rise.<p>Still, when change came to his own shop he was shocked.<p>In March, his …

Uber For Your Laundry Could Be The Next Sharing Economy Frontier

One of my all-time favorite products was my parents’ Electrolux vacuum cleaner. I can remember my mother pulling the low, round, gray, Swedish-manufactured metal canister around the house behind her, its snaking suction tube doing its job as she hummed. It long outlived her, lasting 40+ years and …

San Francisco

McDonald's Franchisees Reveal Their 3 Frustrations With the Chain

McDonald’s (mdndf) seems to be having a good year, but things look a bit different from the inside.<p>A survey asked 30 McDonald’s franchisees what they …

Ontario's superior court upholds Toronto's 'unfortunate' hookah ban bylaw

Ontario's Superior Court has upheld a decision by the city to ban hookah smoking in Toronto bars and cafes, but says it is nevertheless "unfortunate" …

All McDonald’s coffee could be sustainably sourced by 2020

McDonald’s Corp. plans to buy all of its coffee from sustainable sources by 2020, the latest salvo in a restaurant-industry battle for consumers who …

Restaurants in Alberta to cut hours, staff due to hike in minimum wage

Restaurant owners and operators in Alberta say they will have to cut hours or lay people off to cope with a higher minimum wage.<p>Mark von Schellwitz, vice-president of the Western Canada region of Restaurants Canada, says 78 per cent of operators have said they will cut hours, while nearly half will …

Former teacher uses math skills to find fastest checkout line

In a jam packed grocery store, a woman shopper has a cart piled high in the middle of the "8 items or less" express line.<p>"Are you in the express …

Whataburger in friendly beef with DC Comics over Wonder Woman's new logo

AUSTIN, Texas (<b>KEYE</b>) -- Whataburger, the San Antonio-based fast food chain often cited by Texans as being better than west coast-favorite In-N-Out …

Comic Books

So Much for Abercrombie & Fitch's Comeback

Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch (anf) dropped 20% Tuesday after the teen apparel retailer reported its 14th straight drop in sales and said it no …

Mike Kernaghan: ‘I was way over my head but no one told me I couldn’t’

<b>Mike Kernaghan</b><i>, 51, is chief executive officer of That Franchise Group, which includes Weed Man, Bin There Dump That, Truly Nolen Pest Control, Christmas Décor, Downsizing Diva and Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control.</i><p><b>This is the only thing I have done</b> since graduating from university. I befriended …

A&W boosts sales with focus on quality ingredients, strong customer experience

TORONTO—Bolstered by an ongoing strategy to beef up its food quality and customer experience, A&W is now expanding rapidly in Canada despite the …

A Boston Burger Chain Is Accusing Chipotle of Stealing Its Name and Logo

Embattled Mexican restaurant company Chipotle (cmg) is under fire again this week, this time for its new Tasty Made Burger chain, which is scheduled …

Sobeys CEO's departure just the start, says Dalhousie University prof

Sobeys is the second largest grocery chain in Canada, behind Loblaws, with just over 1,500 stores<p>The dean of Dalhousie University's management …

How a $100 million investment helped make Papa John's America's favorite pizza chain

Papa John's was the top pizza chain in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), with a score of 82 out of 100. This is the 15th time out of the previous 17 years the chain has earned top marks in the pizza industry in overall customer satisfaction.<p>In fact, the pizza chain was second place …

Earls head admits to 'mistake' as Canadian beef returns to menu

Mo Jessa, in an attempt to settle a public relations dust-up over the steaks and burgers Earls serves in its restaurants, spent the past two months travelling to Canadian ranches, riding horses and meeting with folks in the cattle industry.<p>Mr. Jessa is president of Earls Restaurants Ltd., the chain …

Lululemon 'has lost its way,' says founder Chip Wilson

Founder Chip Wilson blasted Lululemon's management Wednesday, saying that the yoga clothing company "has lost its way" and that "a call to action is …

John Chen, the man who answered the call to save BlackBerry | Toronto Star

A lot of times in our professional lives, you think about jobs being automatically beneath you. And you’re sitting there looking for somebody to give …

Starbucks has unleashed a new weapon in the war against McDonald's — and it's great news for consumers

The coffee chain is now offering a limited-time $8 Power Lunch deal, that combines a sandwich, salad, or bistro box; popcorn, pretzels, or chips; banana or fruit bar; and a bottle of Ethos water.<p>That's right — a Starbucks deal that doesn't involve any of the coffee beverages that Starbucks is best …

Restaurant owners don’t pay employees, suppliers despite ministry orders | Toronto Star

Nyilas still lives in the same large suburban home he purchased in 2004. He added his wife’s name, Katrina Sikorski-Nyilas, to the ownership two …

The 10 most reputable brands in Canada

Google has once again topped Leger’s annual rankings of Canada’s most reputable brands. The tech giant has held the top spot on the list since 2013, …

Burger King Just Merged a Whopper With a Hot Dog

Burger King has combined its classic Whopper and its new Grilled Dog to create the Whopper Dog.<p>The new menu offering is made with all the ingredients …

McDonald's Can't Keep Up With Demand for Its New Garlic Fries

At locations near Gilroy, the garlic capital of the world, no less.<p>McDonald’s next menu sensation may be garlic fries—at least if you ask residents …