118: #SignWars

Businesses in Ontario Canada have been shuttered during the 3rd wave of COVID. For the past week, the Canadian town of Listowel has been embroiled in a war of words via business signs that has captivated local residents and people around the world. 

It started as a battle between two businesses in the Ontario town – Speedy Glass and Dairy Queen (DQ) – and has since spread to the entire town and even further afield. Listen to the briefing to hear how this friendly competition is lifting spirits and engaging customers.


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116: Apple’s New Privacy Wall

Apple Inc. rolled out a software update for its mobile devices on Monday that gives users the option of stopping apps from tracking their location and sharing other identifying information with third parties. Listen to the briefing to hear how this might impact advertising.


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115: Domino’s Is Testing Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

Domino’s is bringing back its infamous brand mascot the Noid to spotlight an autonomous delivery partnership with robotics company Nuro, according to an announcement. Listen to the briefing to hear how this new delivery technology is being piloted in Texas.


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114: Canadian Drug Retailer Helps Restaurants

London Drugs in Western Canada, is reaching out to the little guy, offering to give B.C. restaurants a boost during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those with specialty items, such as made-from-scratch sauces or jams, are now eligible to sell their products at London Drugs retail locations. Listen to the briefing to hear how this move is a win for all concerned.


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113: Can data analytics predict fashion trends?

Eliminating risk by using AI to predict fashion trends sounds ideal, but there’s a danger in smoothing things over too well. Trends, tastes and lifestyles are always in flux, perhaps even more so in the internet age, and hitting the mark in fashion often means taking a chance. The pandemic has thrown a curve ball and it may be time to introduce human creativity back into the equation. Listen to the briefing to hear how fashion and data analytics could co-exist.


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112: Private Label Resurgence

Private label sales are poised to accelerate after a disappointing 2020 thanks to continuing innovation, e-commerce potential and consumers’ growing willingness to try new brands, according to a webinar presentation by ingredients supplier Kerry and NielsenIQ. Listen to the briefing to hear why consumers may be looking for new private label brands.


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110: How Were Canadian Pizza Sales in 2020?

How were sales at your pizza business in 2020? Canadian Pizza magazine conducted a short national online survey in January to find out how pizzerias in Canada fared in 2020. Listen to the briefing to hear how operators fared in 2020. The first in a series of COVID operator insights.


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