Are you taking enough pride in your work?

Understand what motivates you, do something you're good at and commit to doing your very best

Are you taking enough pride in your work?I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon is a brilliant article by Austin Murphy in the December 2018 issue of The Atlantic. Murphy articulates his career journey as a result of being in an industry disrupted by technology. What really resonated for me about his story was his transformation…

Temper your confidence in the science that runs your life

Trust requires consistency and transparency. It must be understandable. And we need regulations that protect the public

Temper your confidence in the science that runs your lifeThe big success stories of our time have scaled at exponential rates – Facebook, Amazon, Apple and the other ‘super bigs’ relentlessly enlarge themselves. When something scales, however, the mix of characteristics, benefits, and costs of a business or organization may scale with it. In contemporary life, the tools that business, research and social interaction…

Despite government subsidies, Canadian innovation wanes

Burdensome regulation, limited competition and unfavourable taxes hold Canadian companies back

Despite government subsidies, Canadian innovation wanesStudies show that innovation is the driving force behind long-run increases in incomes in developed countries. But Canada is falling behind. The implementation and adoption of new methods of producing goods and services, along with the introduction and use of new products and new ways of organizing businesses, remain critical to improving living standards. Canada’s…

The new era in food sales, from drones to virtual restaurants

Grocers understand that e-commerce only makes sense if consumers get convenience. That means delivery

The new era in food sales, from drones to virtual restaurantsGrocers can no longer afford to wait for money to show up at their stores. They need to go after it. Grocery e-commerce was barely a thought five years ago – retailers didn’t want to cannibalize sales and decrease foot traffic. The primary idea has always been to have more people in grocery stores, not…

Loblaws wants to reap the online benefits of customer loyalty

The leading food retailer in Canada wants to become a true online contender to counter the Amazon effect

Loblaws wants to reap the online benefits of customer loyaltyLoblaws’ latest e-commerce move is significant. Canada’s largest food retailer has launched a subscription program for its PC Optimum members – more than 16 million people. For $99 a year, members of the newly-created PC Insiders program can get perks such as extra points for certain products purchased online, along with free delivery. This is…

Three gadget reboots worth another look

New Kindle Paperwhite, Fitbit Charge and the iRobot Roomba models make for great contenders

Three gadget reboots worth another lookHave you ever hesitated to buy a gadget because it wasn't quite right? Or perhaps you bought something but found the technology wasn’t up to the job? You’re not alone, but there are always new things coming onto the market or retooled devices that might fit the bill. So we’re having a first look at…

Universal docking station udoq puts all your devices in their place

You can get one off the shelf configured for Apple or Android, or have one fully customized

Universal docking station udoq puts all your devices in their placeMost people have so many gadgets to charge, wouldn’t it be nice if they could all be lined up in one place, without all the chaotic cable clutter? Germany's Marcus Kuchler, a 25-year product design veteran, and a team of 10 engineers worked for three years to create udoq, a universal docking and charging station.…

Meal kits set the table for a new food retailing boom

Instead of takeout, consumers can choose a meal kit that allows them to whip up an appealing dish in minutes

Meal kits set the table for a new food retailing boomMeal kits are sweeping across North America. It’s the perfect trend for consumers who want to be empowered by cooking but still need convenience. For example, Walmart has just partnered with Gobble to deliver meal kits. In the battle over the future of food consumption in the U.S., Walmart wants a fighting chance against the industry’s…

Quality sound for a modest price

Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers offer functionality and high-fidelity in a retro package

Quality sound for a modest priceSpeakers come in all shapes and sizes. And you don’t need to look far to find some pretty far-out designs. But if you’re in the market for a new high-fidelity pair with a retro flair, the Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers would be a good bet. The R1280T keeps with the traditional bookshelf design: a…

Online grocery stampede changing the food retail landscape

The Amazon-Whole Foods buyout shocked the grocery world and is now leading to death by a thousand cuts for the food industry

Online grocery stampede changing the food retail landscapeOne after the other, grocers are going online. All of them, at some point over the last 12 months, have announced some sort of commitment to an e-commerce strategy. Costco launched its home delivery pilot in Ontario, while Maxi, Loblaws’ discount stores in Quebec, jumped on the virtual bandwagon with their Click and Collect program.…

Is your home killing you?

Radon is an invisible, silent, odourless killer. But it can be easily detected with this device

Is your home killing you?It lurks in your home but you can’t see or smell it. And it may just be putting your life at risk. No, it’s not carbon monoxide – it’s radon gas. According to Health Canada, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Smokers are at even a higher risk. Radon is…

Voice-activated assistants vulnerable to hackers

Voice-activated assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple’s Siri are prime targets for sabotage, big and small

Voice-activated assistants vulnerable to hackersBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist Whether listening to the radio in its digital or analogue form, fans will know the rush associated with contests. A station’s telephone lines can soon become jammed with requests from callers hoping to be “lucky caller number five.” While this may sound innocent,…

Minimum wage hikes serving up uncertainty in food industry

A 32 per cent increase in the minimum wage in 12 months is simply irresponsible

Minimum wage hikes serving up uncertainty in food industryThis is turning into a very challenging year for the Canadian food industry. Recent Statistics Canada numbers indicate that grocers are in trouble. Food inflation is above two per cent for the first time since April 2016. This is typically good news for grocers, increasing their margins. But given major headwinds affecting the industry, grocers…

Kindersley native publishes first book

‘I am a faith-based adventurer who enjoys people, ideas and the mess of life,’ says the author

Kindersley native publishes first bookKevin McBain of The Clarion Kindersley’s Ron Baker recently self-published his first of what he hopes will be many books to come. The book, In the beginning: 2005-2006 – Random thoughts as life goes on, is a compilation of selected blog posts he wrote over that period. “I just love to write and I have…

Amazon and the slow death of the traditional grocery store

The Amazon effect has Loblaws and others reimagining their businesses. Consumers will have greater choice and convenience – from their homes

Amazon and the slow death of the traditional grocery storeThe bricks-and-mortar food retailing model is losing its lustre in Canada. The signs are everywhere. Loblaws is the latest grocer to commit to home delivery. Starting in December, the leading food retailer in Canada has an ambitious plan to deliver food for a fee from coast to coast. The company has spent millions to make…