Don’t Run Your Business in the Dark

COPA’s analytics consultant, Bob Smith complies market information and trade data to provide market intelligence for our members. There are three categories of reports that we provide:

    • Trade Data Reports
    • Specialty Reports
    • Industry Salary – Compensation Report

Trade Data Reports

COPA Trade Data Reports are based on data from Statistics Canada, Canadian Border Services and Industry Canada. Quantities stated are the total of all items coming across the border. In some cases, this could be the Canadian market. Values are Canadian dollars converted at the Bank of Canada’s month-end rate. FOB value is the value of the goods loaded on for transport/ ships in the foreign harbour.

While dollar sales are essential, quantities often tell a more complete story. Dollar sales are impacted by changes in tariffs, foreign exchange or a shift to premium brands or a new low-cost supplier. Quantities can be a more consistent reflection of the market.

Watch a 15-minute video to learn more about Trade Data. 

Specialty Reports

COPA also provides a number of Speciality Reports. This include the annual Employment & Wages Report which examines several important developments in the Canadian labour market. The Foreign Exchange – COVID19 report outlines the key driver of the Canadian dollar (CAD) and discusses when you should increase prices.

Another recent specialty report called Unintended Consequences deals with year-end financial statements. It provides comparative results for businesses in the retail, wholesale and manufacturing industries. The report points out similarities and variances between businesses and cautions companies entering new industries and sales channels without first considering the overall impact on their financial results. Whether you are a global player or work out of your garage, financial statements determine investments, financing and eventual sale of a business.

Finally, The Competing with Amazon – There Are No Secrets Report shows you how to acquire valuable pricing/costing data from Amazon to compete with this online juggernaut.

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If there are any other market or trade data reports you would like to see, please let us know.