Monthly Archive for: ‘April, 2018’


Franchising Expo gets down to business at ICC Sydney

The brand new ICC Sydney at Darling Harbour will be filled with the who’s who of franchising at the Franchising & Business Opportunities Expo from Saturday 25 – Sunday 26th March. Now in its 30th year, this enterprising event offers visitors a forum to compare and research a diverse range of franchise opportunities, with investment levels from under $10,000 to …

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Keeping up with Ted Baker

Camera got them images Camera got them all Nothing’s shocking Showed me everybody “Ted, just admit it”  Jane’s addiction While 92.9 per cent of Australian retail spend is still spent within bricks and mortar, increasing Australian mobile phone usage is not a figure that we can ignore. Consider that 84 per cent of Australians own a smart phone. One in …

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Interested in taking your retail consulting career up a level?

Are you…? An experienced retail leader? (multi-site is critical) Degree qualified? Personable, analytical, customer focused, and stand for your customers’ success? Looking to grow your career inside a growing business? Resilient, focussed and have that unique blend of ambition and humility? Have you…? Significant consulting and advisory experience in retailing? A passion for working within an evolving retail industry? Can …

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Boost Juice goes in to bat for Ballarat after revealing its first drive-through store

Boost Juice is moving into the drive-through business, and the announcement of its new store model and a passionate defence of the Victorian city of Ballarat has engaged tens of thousands of customers online. The juice chain confirmed yesterday that it will open a drive-through store in Sebastapol from next Friday. “For all those who live no where near Sebastopol, we …

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Myer raid could trigger David Jones merger

The $100 million raid on Myer shares could be the first step in an ambitious plan to merge the business with long-time rival David Jones, according to a leading retail analyst. Billionaire Solomon Lew’s Premier Investments has confirmed it was behind the raid, which comes just three years after Mr Lew bought a similar stake in David Jones to use …

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How to grow a brand customers fall in love with

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable” – William Pollard Kmart came to Australia from the US in 1960s, and in the past couple of years under the leadership of Guy Russo, has turned its fortunes around, moving from bargain basement …

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Don’t blame the referee, let’s concentrate on the game plan

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.’ – William Arthur Ward Study the truly great business performers in retail and other sectors and you see some startlingly simple commonality to their success… A strong focus on the end game Passionate engaged cultures (the internal brand) A fundamental belief Speed to …

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SumoSalad is ditching “volatile” food courts in search of more on-the-go customers

One of Australia’s largest health-focused fast food chains says poor trading conditions and shopping centres’ approach to food retail are having a “cannibalisation” effect that has led to its decision to ditch food courts and search for other retail sites. A strategic pivot from salad chain SumoSalad will see the retailer establish new stores in locations such as hospitals, universities, and transport hubs in …

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Myer buys Marcs and David Lawrence fashion brands

Myer has purchased Marcs and David Lawrence for an undisclosed sum, but the future of the struggling fashion labels’ stores and staff remains bleak. Marcs and David Lawrence went into administration in February after a slide in sales pushed them into the red. Rather than buy the entire business, Myer is only purchasing the brands and current inventory, to maintain …

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Myer acquisition on Marcs and David Lawrence does not cover staff obligations

Myers has saved Marcs and David Lawrence after the two most popular brands in Australia went into administration in February. The acquisition would include the existing inventory, brand names and intellectual property of the retail stores. However, lease liabilities and staff obligations were not included in the acquisition. Daniel Bracken, chief merchandise and customer of Myer, said that the company …

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