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Retail
  • May 30 2018 Life Instyle: Melbourne’s favourite retail industry event is back for 2018

    Melbourne’s most stylish trade destination for retail, Life Instyle, is already proving a hot favourite. The ultimate trade event for the retail industry has announced that the 2018 show is already 95% sold, as those on the cooler side of design get well ahead in their plans for Christmas and 2019. Life Instyle Melbourne’s continued Read More…

  • December 8 2017 Focus on what you can ‘uniquely own’ on Amazon, BigCommerce CEO tells e-tailers

    Small Australian retailers need to figure out what they can ‘uniquely own’ on Amazon and not waste their time on products that won’t win them the Buy Box, according to Brent Bellm, the CEO of ecommerce solutions provider BigCommerce.   Bellm described Amazon as the “best online retailer we’ve ever seen”, adding that the company Read More…

  • July 28 2017 Amazon is coming, so get busy – invest in knowing your customers, up your game

    When it comes to Amazon’s entry to Australian retail, there are many and varied opinions on the likely extent of its impact. No one knows for sure what will ensue. Will Amazon disrupt Australian retail? And if it does, to what degree? Or will it resort to a competitive fight with retailers in this diverse Read More…

  • July 27 2017 Wi-Fi is a boon for retail businesses… unless they fall into the “set it and forget it” trap

    Today, most Australians carry at least one Wi-Fi-enabled device at all times and according to Cisco’s 2016 VNI report, more than 540 million public hotspots are expected to be online by 2021 to support smart devices worldwide further propelling their proliferation. While most retail businesses have realised offering a reliable Wi-Fi network for guests is Read More…

  • August 19 2016 How to increase your warehouse quality and efficiency​

    Most business owners have their own ideas on the best methods to improve warehouse efficiency. As with any other department or company asset, regular reviews and upgrades can help optimise the performance of your warehouse. High standards of quality and output targets don’t just happen – success requires constant reviewing of each and every process. Read More…

  • June 6 2016 Don’t frustrate customers, deliver ‘omni-channel’ retailing, forum told

    Customers are increasingly interacting with retailers through multiple ‘channels’ as part of a single transaction. Retailers that fail to offer a superior shopping experience, where their customers can move seamlessly between different channels, risk becoming obsolete, industry experts warned a recent forum’s attendees. Held at Sydney’s Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel on Wednesday, 18 May, the Read More…

  • May 25 2016 Retailers urged to stop ‘harmful’ surcharges

    A collective of retailers, business associations and advocates this week launched Surcharge Free – a national movement urging businesses to end the practice of payment surcharges.   This follows the commencement, earlier this year, of the Federal Government’s Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Act 2016, which bans excessive credit surcharging. Surcharge Free is spearheaded by Read More…

  • April 18 2016 Square Reader: The innovative tool making it simpler for businesses to accept card payments

    With a reputation for being the most smallest, most mobile and most affordable way for small business owners to accept credit cards, Square Reader is now available across Australia. Launched in March, Square Reader has been adopted by small and micro business owners who are using the innovative new business tool to accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express Read More…

  • April 1 2016 Retail details: Store safety strategies for workers and customers

    Being a business owner involves ensuring that the workspace provided for employees is safe at all times. When the business that is owned is some type of retail center, the responsibility for providing safety extends to protecting the consumer. A variety of safety hazards can arise in almost any situation, in ways that may not Read More…

  • March 29 2016 Different distribution options for your start-up

    Product distribution resides at the heart of getting your products into the hands of consumers. Any startup business, no matter where they operate from, must overcome the basic problems of distribution in order to generate meaningful profits. The more avenues through which your startup can move product, the more potential income streams you will have Read More…

  • March 23 2016 Seasonal marketing: reaching your target market at just the right time

    If you’re looking for ideas to promote your company’s products and boost overall sales, then a seasonal marketing campaign is an effective way to attract both new and repeat business. Consumer buying patterns are greatly influenced by the changing seasons, religious holidays and other special occasions, and being able to make the most of buying Read More…

  • March 16 2016 Building Blocks: Creating a Strong Foundation for Your E-Commerce Startup

    You’re tired of the daily grind. It’s time for something different. E-commerce seems like the right move. It’s easy to get set up, and it’s a proven business model. Here’s how to get started. How To Find A Good Market It all starts with product research. Actually, it starts with market research. If you don’t Read More…

  • February 3 2016 Key Consumer Law issues to consider when running an online business

    The fastest growth rate in Australia for start ups is the online business. This range from selling goods such as make up or skin care, to children’s clothing and toys. However, before you rush ahead and set up your business online, there are a few legal issues that you need to be aware of when Read More…

  • December 9 2015 How to leverage online flash sale events for your business

    In the past month, we’ve seen a number of large-scale online flash sale events take place both domestically and internationally.  Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the US brought in $2.72 billion and $3.07 billion in sales respectively, while Singles Day in China saw Chinese consumers splash out a massive USD$14 billion  in a single Read More…

  • November 24 2015 eBay’s glass ceiling: What one online retailer did to change his fortune

    What does a military air traffic controller and an ecommerce guru have in common? Probably nothing – and that’s exactly why Nathan Hartnett gave up his post with the Royal Australian Air Force in 2007. Described by Nathan as “hours of boredom mingled with moments of terror,” his career as an air traffic controller wasn’t Read More…