Canadian Art covers UBC Library's newest acquisition, which is an example of Morris’s arts-and-crafts approach to illustration, featuring unusual typeface and intricate decoration.
"As a public university, these are British Columbians’ books," Katherine Kalsbeek, Head of Rare Books and Special Collections tells Montecristo Magazine.

Online retail stores are virtual establishments that sell a variety of consumer or business-to-business products through e-commerce transactions. Online stores allow an owner to reach a larger and more geographically diverse group of potential consumers - and can lower operating costs by eliminating the need to rent or lease a brics and mortar storefront location. As e-commerce continues to grow in popularity, the opportunities for successful online businesses will also expand.

Industry Overview

BC

Data released by BCStats for June 2016 indicated a growth of 2.4% in retail sales in BC between March and April. This is a healthy trend after a decline in sales in the previous month’s data. As retail is the key industry to influence growth in e-commerce, this is an encouraging statistic.

Canada

According to a 2015 eMarketer report, retail sales in Canada are expected to grow at a rate of 2% annually until 2018. Retail e-commerce sales are also expected to grow at a much higher rate of around 13%. Overall, Canada ranks eighth worldwide in terms of e-commerce activity and according to a 2016 eMarketer report, one of the biggest barriers for e-commerce adoption in Canada is high shipping costs. Nearly 65% of consumers indicated shipping concerns as the main reason not to shop online.

Industry trends and challenges

One of the key trends in online retailing, according to an IBISWorld E-Commerce Report, is accessibility to the Internet. Easy access to the Internet through smartphones is an influential factor in increasing online retail sales. The total number of fixed broadband connections, a measure of internet use, is expected to reach 14.1 million in 2021 with improved public Wi-Fi access also encouraging consumers connect to the Internet. As a result, more and more consumers will turn to the Internet to shop.

According to a forecast by Euromonitor, Home Improvement and Gardening is projected to be the retail category with the highest e-commerce growth over the next five years. This category is expected to have a value growth of 286.3% from 2015 to 2020. This is an encouraging trend for anyone looking to open an online shopping business in this area.

Resources

Associations

Magazines & trade journals

Additional resources

If you would like to access more resources, the Online Retail Accelerator Guide is designed to help prospective and existing business owners gather information for their secondary market research. The guide is broken down into four main sections that cover how to start your research, industry information, competitive information and customer information. Depending on your needs you can spend as much or as little time as necessary in each section.

If you find that you need more guidance before starting your secondary research, check out our Business Research Basics Guide, it will help you focus on what types of information you will need to gather and why it is important.

Related guides

Image source: E-Commerce Visa (Test tamron 17-50 2.8) created by Fosforix on November 6, 2008. Protected by a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license. Last accessed August 29, 2016. 

Online retail stores are virtual establishments that sell a variety of consumer or business-to-business products through e-commerce transactions. Online stores allow an owner to reach a larger and more geographically diverse group of potential consumers - and can lower operating costs by eliminating the need to rent or lease a brics and mortar storefront location. As e-commerce continues to grow in popularity, the opportunities for successful online businesses will also expand.

Industry Overview

BC

Data released by BCStats for June 2016 indicated a growth of 2.4% in retail sales in BC between March and April. This is a healthy trend after a decline in sales in the previous month’s data. As retail is the key industry to influence growth in e-commerce, this is an encouraging statistic.

Canada

According to a 2015 eMarketer report, retail sales in Canada are expected to grow at a rate of 2% annually until 2018. Retail e-commerce sales are also expected to grow at a much higher rate of around 13%. Overall, Canada ranks eighth worldwide in terms of e-commerce activity and according to a 2016 eMarketer report, one of the biggest barriers for e-commerce adoption in Canada is high shipping costs. Nearly 65% of consumers indicated shipping concerns as the main reason not to shop online.

Industry trends and challenges

One of the key trends in online retailing, according to an IBISWorld E-Commerce Report, is accessibility to the Internet. Easy access to the Internet through smartphones is an influential factor in increasing online retail sales. The total number of fixed broadband connections, a measure of internet use, is expected to reach 14.1 million in 2021 with improved public Wi-Fi access also encouraging consumers connect to the Internet. As a result, more and more consumers will turn to the Internet to shop.

According to a forecast by Euromonitor, Home Improvement and Gardening is projected to be the retail category with the highest e-commerce growth over the next five years. This category is expected to have a value growth of 286.3% from 2015 to 2020. This is an encouraging trend for anyone looking to open an online shopping business in this area.

Resources

Associations

Magazines & trade journals

Additional resources

If you would like to access more resources, the Online Retail Accelerator Guide is designed to help prospective and existing business owners gather information for their secondary market research. The guide is broken down into four main sections that cover how to start your research, industry information, competitive information and customer information. Depending on your needs you can spend as much or as little time as necessary in each section.

If you find that you need more guidance before starting your secondary research, check out our Business Research Basics Guide, it will help you focus on what types of information you will need to gather and why it is important.

Related guides

Image source: E-Commerce Visa (Test tamron 17-50 2.8) created by Fosforix on November 6, 2008. Protected by a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license. Last accessed August 29, 2016. 

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War Stories is a free special event to be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016, 7:00pm at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre. Sponsored by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, the Global Reporting Centre and the Movember Foundation.

War Stories from Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflict zones told by foreign correspondents, combat veterans and scholars. Award-winning Iraqi-Canadian photojournalist Farah Nosh and writer/photographer Ann Jones will share images and stories of the impact of war on civilians. Wall Distinguished Professor and UBC Geography Professor, Derek Gregory, will discuss changes in the evacuation of war casualties from battlefields over the past century. Contact! Unload, directed by Wall Scholar and UBC Theatre Education Professor, George Belliveau, will feature Canadian veterans depicting what it means to transition home after overseas service. The play highlights Marv Westwood’s Veteran’s Transition Program and artist Foster Eastman’s Lest We Forget Canada! mural. Moderated by Emmy Award winning journalist and UBC Journalism Professor Peter Klein. Following the presentations, the performers will engage with the audience in a discussion about the different perspectives and approaches to sharing war stories, and the value of storytelling’s ability to chronicle, enlighten and heal.

Register for this free event at: war-stories.eventbrite.com.

The Law Library is offering the following training sessions for current Allard School of Law students and faculty.

WestlawNext Canada

  • Monday, September 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lexis Advance Quicklaw (*NEW* interface with that replaces LexisNexis Quicklaw)

  • Monday, September 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

To register, please see Law – Commercial Databases Training Sessions

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