In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.
Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.
Retail Council of Canada | RCC is a not-for-profit, industry-funded association representing more than 43,000 store fronts of all retail formats across Canada, including department, specialty, discount, and independent stores, and online merchants. Sign up to receive their weekly e-Newsletter.
Internet Merchants Association | The mission of the IMA is to develop, promote, and to protect the economic vitality of internet merchants through a positive business environment and to foster a climate in which commerce, industry and technology will flourish.
GS1 (formerly Electronic Commerce Council of Canada -ECCC)| A not-for-profit, industry-led organization that promotes and maintains global standards for the identification of goods, locations and related e-commerce communication, such as bar code issuance and maintenance.
Magazines & Trade Journals
Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online.
International Journal of Electronic Commerce
- Start here: Saar Kagan & Ron Bekkerman (2018) Predicting Purchase Behavior of Website Audiences, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, 22:4, 510-539
MarketWatch - Industry Analyzer
The Industries section contains current data on Dow Jones Industry Sectors. Aggregate data as well as company-specific data is available.
Vault Industry Profiles
A free source of industry information. Use the Industry Profiles to research news, company information, and industry-specific sample professions. Basic monthly membership is free and offers access to blogs, discussion forums, and job listings.
Canada's most-read online retail industry publication.
Digital Commerce 360
Industry news and reports, membership required for access to some research.
Lists all the latest ecommerce platform reviews, news, ecommerce jobs and product launches from around the world.
News stories and analysis covering all aspects of the retail industry.
As with all sources, news articles and blogs should be carefully evaluated. For information on how to evaluate your information, watch video tutorial Module Five: Using Information Responsibly.