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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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Lorna Jane fined $5 million for “predatory” anti-virus activewear marketing

The judge called Lorna Jane's actions “exploitative, predatory and potentially dangerous”.

NSW declares emergency, recommends supermarket workers get vaccine priority

“There is no doubt that the numbers are not going in the direction we were hoping they would at this stage,” said state ...

Myer picks up new national distribution centre in online, efficiency push

“[This centre] will deliver an enhanced experience in store and online for our customers, but also significant efficienc...

Retail spending in June expected to fall: ABS

In total, the ABS estimates Australian retail consumers spent $30.5 billion in June – less than May, but 2.9 per cent mo...

Kogan’s inventory bloat impacted second half, full-year to deliver growth

Gross sales and earnings grew despite an unforeseen decrease in expected demand.

David Jones’ strong second half buoys difficult year

Sales in department store David Jones jumped during the last year despite the continuation of the Covid-19 crisis and in...

Snap bets on AR shopping in latest acquisition

AR has been gaining an increased importance in retail – with a compound annual growth rate expected to land around 135 p...

JB Hi-Fi predicts record year, though lockdown hurts fourth quarter

Electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi will deliver record sales and earnings growth for FY21, according to preliminary results r...

SA trading restrictions prompt calls for “national consistency”

Australian Retailers Association chief executive Paul Zahra said the sudden closure of non-essential retail will be deva...

Nick Scali confirms it’s looking to buy Plush Sofas

According to reports, the buy-up could be part of a larger divestment by Greenlit which is reportedly also looking to se...

Retail groups call on customers to follow health orders, curb abuse

“We ask Australians to recognise and support the important work of these teams in keeping customers Covid-safe,” said AR...

Michael Hill trades up in FY21 despite 10,000 lost trading days

Digital sales grew 1.1 per cent and broke $30 million for the first time for the group, hitting 6.2 per cent of full yea...

Victoria enters five-day lockdown starting today

As of Friday, retailers not deemed essential will be unable to open their doors and can only operate via click and colle...

Naked Wines revenue grows 42 per cent as online booms

Alicia Kennedy, managing director of Naked Wines Australia, said the results grew on an already landmark result the year...

RangeMe opens 200,000 suppliers to Australasian retailers

RangeMe allows businesses to search and filter for products they want to sell, creating a more specific and intentional ...

Lockdown likely to hurt retailers, as customer confidence fluctuates

“While the Australian economy continues to perform well, consumer spending is increasingly taking a back seat as a drive...

Woolies launching dedicated online fulfilment centre in Sutherland Shire

The 7,200sqm warehouse will be based in Caringbah and will support up to 400 full-time equivalent roles.
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Business support payments to start next week as lockdown extended

Businesses that have seen at least a thirty per cent decline in turnover due to the Sydney lockdown are eligible for pay...

SmileDirectClub misled customers on insurance claims, alleges ACCC

The business told customers they could be reimbursed for treatment, when most health funds wouldn't cover them.

HelloFresh to pick up beleaguered Youfoodz

The bid values YouFoodz at approximately $125.3 million and will push HelloFresh into the pre-made meals market.