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Bloomberg has a story saying that, "after years in which e-commerce seemed like an afterthought for many Canadian stores, more and more retailers are making the pricey investments in online shopping platforms that are needed to attend to a vast and sparely populated country. As Amazon steadily ramps up its own operations in Canada, local rivals are scrambling to avoid the same sort of fate that doomed many of their counterparts south of the border."

According to the story, "A few Canadian retailers seem up for the challenge, and eMarketer forecasts online sales to surge 64 percent by 2020. Hudson’s Bay Co., owner of Saks Fifth Avenue, opened its own robotic facility in November to get online orders out faster. Women’s clothing chain Reitmans Ltd. has been closing stores and redesigning its distribution center to support e-commerce sales, which rose 51 percent last year. Canadian Tire’s sporting-goods division, Sport Chek, is running a pilot for same-day delivery in the Toronto region, a direct challenge to Amazon’s claim-to-fame."

One retailer tells Bloomberg that Canadian retailers have no choice, as Amazon expands: “Retailers have to move fast,” he says.

While Amazon "has opened a fulfillment center every year in Canada since 2011," it also sees a lot of potential there - the story notes that only about four percent of Canadian households are members of Prime, compared to roughly ten times that percentage in the US.
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