MyStore, an independent division of the Retail Council of Canada this week launched a new partnership with Ottawa-based Shopify.
As part of the agreement, RCC's membership of 45,000 store fronts across Canada will now have access to Shopify's selection of online store designs.
"We're thrilled to be working with Shopify," says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO of the Retail Council of Canada. "As part of MyStore, RCC's independent retail division, we're excited to be providing smaller retailers access to the affordable yet robust tools they need to not only compete—but to create a big impact in the marketplace."
"There has been a lot of discussion recently about how Canadian retailers are not nearly as advanced in today's digital economy as compared with their US counterparts. Which is why as of today, I am proud to announce that Shopify and Retail Council of Canada will be partnering to act as catalysts in taking the necessary steps to reverse this trend and push our homegrown businesses online to become more competitive," said Harley Finkelstein, Chief Platform Officer of Shopify. "Our goal is to help every Canadian retailer create an incredible online business."
In addition, MyStore says it will join Shopify to host free training sessions held across Canada, where business owners can learn to create, launch and run their online stores. The first of many is to be held at the Shopify Ottawa offices on September 19.