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Dean Blake

Dean Blake is deputy news editor at Inside Retail. Reporting all things Australia and New Zealand, Dean has spent the last two years helping spearhead both online and print content for Inside Retail Weekly, Inside Retail Magazine, and the Top 50 People in E-commerce report. Now, as deputy news editor for APAC, he helps coordinate Inside Retail's broader news strategy across the APAC region while continuing to focus his efforts on his local markets. With the transformation of the retail industry becoming more and more rapid, and important, Dean is keen on seeing how the industry reinvents itself for the modern world and how it can become a force for good in a sometimes difficult and volatile world – remembering that retail isn't just a game of numbers, it's a game of people.

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Two mannequins in a Kathmandu store

Kathmandu CEO resigns to head up Austrade

Xavier SImonet steps aside after five years at the helm of the outdoor fashion business.
Myer store front

Black Friday delivers record breaking results for retail

Myer broke its own online records multiple times over the course the day.

Black Friday kicks off $5 billion weekend

The NRA expects $1.8 billion to be spent online in the next four days.

Tinyme named Online Retailer of the Year for the second year running

The industry's leaders were celebrated at last night's Online Retailer INdustry Awards.
Toys R Us

Funtastic’s Toys ‘R’ Us acquisition complete, looks to accelerate growth

Head of Hobby Warehouse takes up role of CEO of the combined company.

Young workers score massive pay increase from FWC

The decision was labelled 'baffling' by the NRA.

Foodland investing $300m into upscaling SA business

The plan will create 2,500 jobs in the state over the next five years.

Oxfam singles out fashion retailers for poor purchasing practices

Just Group and Mosaic Brands called out as the "worst performers overall."

Harvey Norman profit explodes 160 per cent

Sales also rose, but excluded the impact of lockdowns across Harvey Norman's global brand.

RipCurl balances out struggling Kathmandu in first quarter

CEO Xavier Simonet said the result shows the strength of diversification.

Retailers should be prepared for Black Friday cyber attacks

Security firm McAfee warns cyber attacks against retailers have been steadily rising this year.

Redbubble names new chief executive

Former Seek CEO Michael Ilczynski will step up to lead Redbubble.

Amazon, AliExpress, Catch and eBay sign online product safety pledge

Four of Australia's biggest e-commerce players commit to keeping unsafe products out of reach.

Levi’s launches sustainable concept inside David Jones

Store uses repurposed wood and marine plastic to create a new space for customers to explore.

Booktopia bets on robots to build on bumper year

The business is investing in warehouse automation to potentially quadruple efficiency.

Retail is “leading by example” on sustainable energy

With more retailers pledging to power operations with 100 per cent renewable energy, the sector is showing big business ...

Accent Group avoids board spill, delivers sales growth

Sales across Accent Group’s brands have grown 1.3 per cent in the first 20 weeks of the new financial year, while digita...

October retail sales 7.3 per cent up on last year

Despite monthly sales growth, Victoria remains 5.7 per cent below 2019 levels.
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David Jones’ sales pulled down 14.6 per cent by end of Victorian lockdown

Excluding Victoria, sales grew marginally during the period.

Supermarkets outline South Australia trading hours as state enters lockdown

Woolworths and Coles are extending trading hours in South Australia in order to ensure residents can get access to essen...