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Key Takeaways – 7th Annual Consumer Products and Retail Summit

Posted in Events, Legislation, Retailing, Trade

McCarthy Tetrault’s 7th Annual Consumer Products and Retail Summit was held on February 23, 2017. Here are our key takeaways from the Summit:

Visions of the Changing Retail Industry

Erol Uzumeri, Searchlight Capital Partners

  •  The major trends impacting the consumer sector include: experience economy, digital disintermediation, silver economy, convenience, personalization and authenticity;
  • Successful retailers need to leverage their customer data to address consumers’ changing preferences;
  • Retailers need to carefully consider the investments required to create clear and differentiated positioning and cannot afford to remain stationary with the factors impacting the consumer sector on a daily basis.

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McCarthy Tétrault’s 6th Annual Consumer Products and Retail Summit

Posted in Branding, Competition, Consumer Protection, Events, Product Liability, Real Estate, Retailing, Trade

McCarthy Tétrault’s multidisciplinary Consumer Products and Retail Group is hosting our sixth annual national McCarthy Tétrault Consumer Products & Retail Summit, which will provide practical tips to address timely issues facing retailers and consumer facing businesses today.

Richter Advisory Group Inc. will discuss key trends and lessons learned from recent restructurings in the retail sector.

This will be followed by our panels of experts who will discuss the following topics:

  • Real estate issues, including the impact of e-commerce on “bricks and mortar” and leasing strategies;
  • Recent developments in competition law, including compliance policies, the display of prices and current priorities
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The New Normal: Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers in 2015

Posted in Cross-Border Transactions, Legislation, Trade

The past few years have presented challenging immigration law issues for both temporary foreign workers (“TFW”) and the Canadian companies that employ them. While there has been increased media spotlight on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”), new layers of regulation have made it more difficult for Canadian employers to source talent overseas, while some employers have difficulty identifying Canadians who possess specific skill sets or are willing to move to work locations in remote parts of the country.

Recent Changes to the TFW Program

Retail employers have arguably been particularly hard hit by these measures. … Continue Reading

Border Battles: Navigating the Perils of Canadian Immigration Law for Retailers

Posted in Cross-Border Transactions, Legislation, Trade

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada and its accompanying regulations primarily govern the way in which foreign nationals are lawfully admitted to Canada for work related purposes.

The following are the most common scenarios where retailers may seek to bring foreigners into Canada:

Whether you are an established Canadian retailer with stores primarily or solely in Canada, or a global company that is contemplating stores in Canada, Canadian immigration law and its effects on your company’s ability to effectively operate are significant in the retail sphere. From obtaining work permits for key personnel to facilitate their entry into … Continue Reading

Not COOLing Down, UPDATE: Canada Set to Impose 100 Percent Surtax on U.S. Imports

Posted in Litigation, Trade

We previously wrote that an upcoming decision of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements in the United States could have a serious impact on U.S.-Canada trade.

In its decision, released on May 18th, 2015, the Appellate Body has rejected an appeal from the United States and upheld the October 2014 compliance panel finding that U.S. revised country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules for importation of meat from Canada and Mexico are inconsistent with Article 2.1 of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). The Appellate Body’s decision must be adopted by the … Continue Reading

Not COOLing Down: U.S.-Canada Trade Dispute over Country-of-Origin Labelling Requirements

Posted in Cross-Border Transactions, Legislation, Retailing, Trade

Canadian retailers and manufacturers in the food and beverage space should be aware of the upcoming decision of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding country-of-origin labelling (COOL) requirements in the United States. Previously expected on January 27, 2015, this highly anticipated decision will be released on May 18, 2015 and is likely to have a serious impact on both sides of the border.


Since 2008, a U.S. agricultural policy law called the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 has imposed rules requiring detailed labels identifying the country of origin of beef, pork, chicken and … Continue Reading