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How to Avoid and Address Common Pitfalls in the Retail Industry

Retail is akin to war games practiced in the military with traps designed to test your skills and produce failure for the unwary. The challenge is to see them coming and find the safe harbors. Our latest blog delves into insights from our turnaround professional and partner, Allan Rutman at Zeifmans who helps us ...

Navigating Troubled Waters: Avoiding Retailer Liquidation 

Navigating Troubled Waters: Avoiding Retailer Liquidation  Despite the end of the pandemic, several resilient retail chains and franchises found themselves facing ongoing challenges. Rather than making resolutions, this period of the retail apocalypse brought forth an entirely new set of issues, while also amplifying existing ones. We saw shifts in consumer preferences and purchasing ...

What the Rogers family drama can teach us about succession planning

The Rogers family drama has been  captivating. The whole country watched it play out in the fall of 2021, when Edward Rogers tried to fire Rogers CEO Joe Natale. This move wasn’t a popular one with the board or Edward’s own family, as his mother, two sisters and other board members blocked the firing ...

Golf course restructuring: A return to profitability

Canadian golf lovers and golf course owners breathed a collective sigh of relief when the sport was provided with reopening status relatively early in the easing of lockdown measures across the country. And while the disruption of business has been minimal compared to the economic crisis seen in other industries like hospitality and retail, ...

Corporate turnaround insight for Canada’s struggling hotel industry

In mid-March, following the World Health Organization’s official declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, travel screeched to a halt. Consumers scrambled to cancel flights, and the accommodations they had booked fell through the cracks alongside them. With the order to “shelter at home” and the closure of Canada’s borders, domestic travellers and tourists from abroad ...

Retail industry turnarounds and the post-pandemic market

At the outset of 2020, the retail industry was expected to see a 5% rise in sales. Canada’s unemployment rate was at a 45-year low of 5.7%, and consumer spending was looking promising, with a 1.4% year-over-year gain following the holidays. I’m sure you can see where we’re headed. As soon as the COVID-19 ...

The Restart Part 2: The Automotive Industry’s Challenges

After several months of shutdown, the North American automotive industry has announced their intention to restart manufacturing near the end of May.  General Motors and FCA announced that May 18, 2020 will be the restart manufacturing date – Ford plans to follow suit.  Canadian plants have announced similar plans.  While Mexico is somewhat unclear ...

Corporate turnaround: Real-world solutions in times of crisis

Recent economic challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have reversed course in a dramatic fashion for many businesses, with little opportunity to plan for the downturn. If your business is experiencing trouble, you’re not alone. Across Canada, middle-market businesses are seeking solutions to return to profitability. Though the exact strategy will differ for each ...