Retail & Manufacturing

BIV's coverage delves into all retail and manufacturing issues affecting businesses in Vancouver and British Columbia

Mountain Equipment Co-op reveals $11m loss in last fiscal year

What happened: Mountain Equipment Co-op posts $11.5m annual loss Why it matters: The new CEO took over a few months after a tough 2018-19 fiscal year Soft sales and increasing costs helped losses...

Boxing Day still retail king over Black Friday in B.C.

An American contender, Black Friday, is challenging Boxing Day for its crown as Canada’s most popular shopping day. According to a report from the Retail Council of Canada, 43% of Canadians intend to...

Black Friday sales mean heavy traffic, warns YVR Airport

You might not even be out to shop for deals on Black Friday and over the weekend, but big sales at a popular mall are expected to cause traffic delays for anyone heading in or out of Vancouver...

Vancouver bans plastic check-out bags as of January 2021

Utensils and plastic straws (unless required for accessibility reasons) are to be banned by April 22

Black Friday lead-up kick-starts holiday sales boom

Overpromising on price, underdelivering with inventory could break customer loyalty

Richmond supermarket might introduce facial-recognition payment method

People who forget their wallet when they go grocery shopping might be able to pay with their face next year. A Chinese grocery store chain is looking to introduce facial-recognition as a method of...

Black market set to reap rich harvest from new B.C. vape laws

The black market could be the big winner if the B.C. government follows through with plans to levy a 20% tax on all vape-related products, restrict access to those products and add deterrents such as...

Bowen Island face serum selected for International Emmys gift bag

When the curtains rise at the 47th International Emmys in New York Monday, each of the guests will carry a little bit of Bowen Island with them. The award ceremony gift bags will include products...

Lowe’s Canada’s 34 closures to include stores in Surrey, Osoyoos, Prince George

Home improvement chain undergoes second round of closures in a year

BCLDB to start phasing out plastic bags later this month

Rollout with start on Vancouver Island, and spread to Metro Vancouver in February