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Dean Blake


Kogan won’t cut staff wages, gives workers $500 bonus

Kogan thanks workers for rising to the occasion with one-off bonus.

How retailers are helping customers and one another

Many businesses are struggling, but they’re still managing to lend a hand.

PM announces commercial rent relief, but leaves big business out

Proposed relief made up of one part rent waiver, one part rent deferral.

David Jones online doubles as foot traffic plummets in March

Department store’s online sales doubled in March, but overall sales fell due to self-isolating customers.

Emporium Melbourne closes doors, ceases non-essential trade

The Melbourne shopping centre will keep medical and take-away stores open through the COVID-19 crisis.

Kmart trials online queues to flatten website traffic

Kmart trials system to limit the amount of users on its website at one time.

Watchdog allows shopping centres to implement rent relief

Decision allows shopping centres to defer, waive or reduce payments and interest.

Harvey Norman execs take pay cut, cancel dividend as crisis worsens

Executive team to take 20 per cent pay cut for the next three months.

Bunnings merger with Adelaide Tools gets green light

ACCC will not oppose the merger.

Harris Scarfe lays off 59 staff, offers referrals to Centrelink

Support and store staff stood down as part of restructuring plan.

“We have to work a bit differently”: EBay launches stimulus for struggling retail

Online marketplace waiving selling and listing fees for limited time.

Wage subsidy just the start of the road to recovery

The NRA is calling for a retail rescue plan, including freezing loan repayments and reassuring customers when it’s safe to shop again.

Federal government urges landlords and retailers to “work it out”

Prime Minister says there is no rule book for current situation, and urges cooperation.

The highs and lows of the $130bn JobKeeper scheme

The scheme is sure to support the retail industry in the months ahead, but what of the loopholes?

Colette becomes latest victim of weak retail environment

Colette by Colette Hayman to shutter all stores

Administrators said the decision was to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers.

NSW steps up to provide protection against retail evictions

State Government can step in until a national approach is decided upon.

Mosaic stands down 6,800 staff, closes all stores

The decision will be felt across Noni B, Millers, Rockmans, Rivers, Katies, Autograph, W.Lane, Crossroads, and Beme businesses.

Shutdown: What’s changed, what’s the same, and what’s left to talk about

The latest on the Government’s ramping efforts to slow COVID-19.

Stimulus leaves big businesses behind

The ARA and SDA have collaborated on a retail rescue package to fill the gaps in the Government’s stimulus.

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How retailers are adapting to the new normal

Retailers across the country are shifting business practices to survive.


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