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Christinne Muschi/christinne muschi The Globe and Mail

With remarkably little in the way of fanfare, Aldo has become one of the most successful shoe retailers in the world. In a tough economic environment, its emphasis on bringing products to markets lightning fast and constantly tempting customers with new trends makes this low-profile powerhouse a beacon to other merchants. ( Read more from Marina Strauss's story: Aldo's global footprint)

"This is the most successful global retailer that Canada has ever built," said Tim McGuire, a senior partner at consultancy McKinsey & Co., which has advised Aldo. "They're the best in the world at what they do, and they're doing it everywhere in the world."

What are the keys to expanding a business beyond its borders?

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Tim McGuire, a senior partner at McKinsey & Co. and head of its retail practice for the Americas, took questions about the challenges and opportunities for companies expanding beyond their borders.

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