For the largest hair salon brand in the industry, staying true to the principles and strategies that grew Great Clips to more than 3,200 locations is of utmost importance. The “delivering the brand” document – in place in every location – reads, “comfort, freedom and connection,” and is the goal each employee must strive to achieve every day.

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When customers go into a retail store, they expect to come out with what they wanted to purchase with as little hassle as possible. Tuesday Morning knows that can’t happen unless the people behind the supply chain and transportation operations get products where they need to be, when they need to be there.

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Canada’s leading menswear retailer is looking to its history while making investments in its future. Grafton-Fraser Inc. – which consists of the TipTop Tailors, George Richards Big & Tall Menswear, Mr. Big & Tall and Kingsport Big and Tall Clothiers brands – has more than a century-and-a-half of retailing experience. President  and CEO Dave McGregor explains that he leveraged that experience when he joined the company in 2010.

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Working at home is becoming a more common option for many professionals, particularly the self-employed. While this arrangement offers many benefits such as a non-existent commute, it poses several logistical challenges such as a lack of access to meeting rooms and reception services.

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When people awake to a new day, they might grab some coffee for a jolt of caffeine. Others may perform some yoga to stretch their muscles and joints and gain some natural energy, while others enjoy hitting the snooze button for a few more minutes of sleep. These are new days for MGA Entertainment Inc., and pressing “snooze” on its business and approaching the market in a sleepy manner are definitely not part of the company’s plan. Instead, the manufacturer and marketer of children’s toys and entertainment products is moving forward with renewed vigor and jolting the market awake with a range of new products.

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Some people say customers aren’t loyal anymore, but Dick Hedahl, president and CEO of Hedahls Auto Plus, thinks differently. “People say there’s no loyalty, but that’s because they haven’t earned it,” he insists. “We have customers who are really awfully loyal to us. Their sales volume is very consistent year over year. They call us when they need something, and we chase it down and find it. People buy from their friends, whether going to a favorite hardware store or a car dealer. And they know they can count on us to take care of their shop and equipment needs. You develop friendships in the business, and that’s where you go for your support. I think there is good loyalty, but you have to earn it.”

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Since she was created in 1974, Hello Kitty, with her signature red bow, has developed such a global reputation that – if Facebook “likes” are any indication of popularity – she outranks that of Marilyn Monroe. Hello Kitty has more than 8.7 million Facebook fans to Monroe’s 2.9 million.

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When Saban Brands reacquired the Power Rangers brand from Disney in 2010, the company had one goal in mind: to once again establish it as a blockbuster kids’ entertainment property.

From a broadcasting standpoint, this meant creating a new television series that captures the excitement the Rangers generated after the show’s debut in 1993, when it went on to become the No. 1 boys’ brand in the world. With the February 2011 debut of “Power Rangers Samurai” on Nickelodeon, the pro­duc­tion/ brand management company did just that by reconnecting with the origins of the series while acknowledging and embracing new technology. The show’s second season, “Power Rangers Super Samurai,” debuted in February and features new twists.

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