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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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Coles’ gender diversity push picks up STEAM

The supermarket chain has partnered with not-for-profit Dream Big to help close the gender gap in the technology space, ...

Why the US baby formula shortage is deja vu for Aussie brands

Retailers across the United States are struggling to keep shelves full of baby formula, and Australian players are stepp...

“We were amateurs in e-commerce”: Why Vittoria is finally going DTC

In the next few months, coffee behemoth Vittoria will relaunch a far more e-commerce-friendly website, allowing customer...
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How to avoid tokenistic efforts to support Indigenous communities

While many brands may be interested in trying to bridge the gap and support First Nations people, it can be difficult to...

“Mitre 10’ers care more”: Why Mitre 10 is calling on DIYers

This week Mitre 10 declared itself “the other hardware store” in a cheeky bid to bring more Australian DIYers through it...

“A real brand moment”: Inside P.E. Nation’s first physical store

P.E. Nation has created a curated, high-energy storefront to showcase its products the way it wants them seen. And, acco...

“It’s really exciting”: How Coles is supporting its LGBTQIA+ staff

Since Coles started offering paid gender affirmation leave, hundreds of staff members have felt comfortable to identify ...

Menswear label Calibre’s latest store is styled after a modern art gallery

Calibre has launched a new store design in South Yarra, Melbourne, which is styled to allow customers to focus on produc...

How new fast food chain Slim’s Quality Burgers is reviving the drive-in

A new burger chain focused on fresh, local ingredients is aimed squarely at driving a change to Australia’s quick servic...

How the new government will support retail’s push into sustainability

Promising greater action on climate change, the incoming Labor Government - majority or not - looks set to drive a much ...

Retail appointments of the week

Under Armour CEO exits; Nike's diversity chief quits; Estée Lauder's new APAC exec; Pomelo appoints head of sustainabili...

BWX refocuses on margin, set to review Flora & Fauna, Nourished Life

After half-year profit fell by more than 120 per cent, beauty manufacturer BWX has returned to shareholders with a plan ...

Businesses join forces in campaign to turn up the heat on climate action

The campaign, called This Is Not Normal, is centred around an open letter urging politicians to take the science behind ...

“A focal point of Australian retail”: Inside Lotte’s new Sydney store

Earlier this month, South Korean retail giant Lotte Duty Free launched a three-level boutique store in the Sydney CBD, b...

‘The next sushi’: Sharetea’s growing stake in $2bn bubble tea market

Australian bubble tea business Sharetea has set its eyes on growth, with at least 20 new franchised stores planned for t...

Be Seen, be heard: Why The Body Shop has partnered with the UN

The Body Shop has partnered with the United Nations to launch a new campaign, ‘Be Seen, Be Heard’, which seeks to empowe...

Retail appointments of the week

Ampol's new head of retail; General Pants CEO steps up as boss of Alquemie Group; Marks & Spencer's Indian arm gets new ...

Citizen Wolf’s Zoltan Csaki on the importance of taking risks

Here, we talk to Csaki about what it has been like to be a pioneer in the made-to-order fashion space, and what he’s lea...

Meet the brand that launched Aus Fashion Week’s first metaverse show

At this year’s Australian Fashion Week, local creative house Injury showcased its newest range of digital fashion, avail...

“If you want fast, there’s a cost”: Inside the strain on the supply chain

Not only is the delivery and logistics industry facing delayed international shipments of products to Australia, it’s ha...