E-Commerce

For AR/VR 2.0 to live, AR/VR 1.0 must die

The future of AR/VR could be bright, but only if it moves beyond where it is today. 2018 was the first of what look like two transitional years, with a potential shakeout in 2019 before an inflection point in late 2020. Let’s look at where we are today, where we’re heading tomorrow, and some o ...

CGI Group is the Rodney Dangerfield of tech stocks, this portfolio manager says

It’s tough being a Canadian tech company sometimes. Not only are you competing for attention with the much bigger Amazons and Microsofts of the world but even on our home turf you’ve got Shopify and BlackBerry hawking their e-commerce and cybersecurity wares, products perhaps a bit sexier than, ...

You have to own Amazon, this investor says

Apple Inc’s current woes notwithstanding, it’s unclear whether the tech gloom that finished off 2018 is now a thing of the past. But with its sheer dominance of the e-commerce space how can you bet against a company like Amazon (Amazon Stock Quote, Chart NASDAQ:AMZN)? You can’t, says portfoli ...

Shopify is now an essential part of e-commerce, this fund manager says

Shopify (Shopify Stock Quote, Chart TSX, NYSE:SHOP) continues to impress with the speed of its growth, exceeding expectations each quarter and recently hitting record transaction numbers over the Black Friday weekend. But even with the dramatic pullback last week, the stock is just too expensive fo ...

Fixed income: Gauging the ripple effects of softening economic growth

Key takeaways In the US, we believe peak levels of growth are behind us and expect to see slowing in the second half of 2019. Outside the US, there are also signs of softening growth. Inflation is likely to increase somewhat, but we do not believe that wage inflation will be significantly passed t ...

U.S. growth equities: Change is the fuel for growth

Key takeaways If historical precedent holds up, there is still room to be positive on equities as we move into 2019 and on to early 2020. The key is to identify companies that can gain market share from technology-enabled advantages in their business model or disruptive shifts in consumer behavior ...

AgraFlora secures supply deal with cannabis e-commerce company Namaste

Cannabis company AgraFlora Organics International Inc. (AgraFlora Stock Quote, Chart CSE:AGRA) (formerly PUF Ventures Inc.) announced on Thursday a supply agreement with Cannmart Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of cannabis e-commerce platform Namaste Technologies (TSXV:N). The deal will give Cannma ...

The Business Leadership Podcast: Andrew Witkin President StickerYou

Andrew Witkin is an experienced entrepreneur, marketer and the founder and president of StickerYou, a successful e-commerce startup that was named the fastest-growing promotional products company in Canada in 2017 by SGR magazine. Over the past decade, Andrew has built StickerYou into an influential ...

The State of Canadian Copyright: My Copyright Review Appearance Before the Industry Committee

With the Industry committee’s copyright review winding down, I appeared yesterday before the committee to discuss the state of Canadian copyright. The wide ranging two hour discussion focused on everything from fair dealing to crown copyright to concerns that publishers don’t fairly compensate ...

Misleading on Fair Dealing, Part 7: My Appearance Before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

I appeared yesterday before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage via videoconference as part of its study on remuneration models for artists and the creative industry. The Heritage study is designed to provide additional context and information for the Industry committee’s copyright review ...