Monthly archive for March 2017

Establishing a Niche Market

Finding a group of people to attract is all about identifying niches that haven’t been discovered or fully developed by competitors. Some clients are looking for a specific collection, and establishments that sell hard-to-find spirits, wine, and craft beer are perfect for setting up a niche market. Special deals and frequent buyer programs are abundant because customers like saving money, but more thought needs to go into developing a niche market.

If retailers have any lingering doubts about the dominance of online sales, Kelly Abbott is here to lay them to rest. “The last six months has been the biggest growth for us,” says the president of ParcelPal, a Vancouver-based on-demand delivery service. “It’s like a hockey stick. It’s just going up.”

Managing Health and Safety

Your bartender twists her ankle or your cook is injured from slipping in the kitchen, and they can’t come to work. It’s a scenario you don’t even want to think about—and not just for their sake, but for yours. For a small pub or bar, you are already tight on staff, so even one workplace accident can spell disaster.

Wines of British Columbia

BC's 2016 vintage started off with an uncommonly hot spring in its two largest producing wine regions: the Okanagan Valley and the Similkameen Valley. Osoyoos experienced more Growing Degree Days (GDD) in April than any…

New Liquor Control and Licensing Act & Regulations

A new Liquor Control and Licensing Act and Regulations came into effect in BC on January 23, 2017. These are substantially a follow through to the BC Liquor Policy Review Final Report prepared by the John Yap. There were 73 recommendations in the report and in excess of 50 have been implemented. According to government, as of January 23, 90% of the recommendations have been implemented.