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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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From Nike to Converse: Why brands are embracing the “diversity dollar”

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Premier’s Covid-resistant strategy pays dividends

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Inside oat-milk brand Oatly’s totally ‘Norm&al’ approach to marketing

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How fast-growing retailer GoodnessMe is leading the health food space

In 2020 GoodnessMe launched an online marketplace for health foods. By the end of 2021 the site had grown 600 per cent, ...

Winning Group reveals plans for ‘lifestyle and luxury’ showroom

Earlier this week Winning Group announced it had acquired Sydney furniture brand Spence & Lyda. Here, Winnings’ managing...

Step inside fitness brand LSKD’s first experiential retail showroom

Last month Brisbane-based activewear brand LSKD launched its first physical store in Loganholme. Here, we talk to founde...

How Chinese retail giants Alibaba and Tencent work backwards to stay ahead

At last week’s Marketing Pulse commerce event, former Coca-Cola head of future commerce Barry Thomas explained what the ...

Meet the outdoor start-up that hit its crowdfunding goal in four hours

Built out of a desire to connect regular Australians with the great outdoors, Zorali is looking to use the money raised ...

Storytelling is key: Formula 1 drives push into the metaverse

Alfa Romeo has partnered with AR platform JigSpace to bring its F1 business into the metaverse. Here, we talk to JigSpac...

Flora & Fauna founder Julie Mathers talks authentic marketing

Mathers landed the number 2 spot in this year’s Top 50 People in E-Commerce report, and spoke to Inside Retail about how...

“They’ve come to expect it”: Why Cue is tapping into one-hour delivery

Through a partnership with Uber and Shippit, Cue will soon offer one-hour delivery across Australia, bringing speed and ...

What does the TGA’s health influencer ‘ban’ mean for business?

From July 1, social media influencers will be unable to promote health and beauty products that claim to be ‘therapeutic...

How customer loyalty helped Myer bounce back

Department store Myer’s loyalty program Myer One now accounts for 70 per cent of its sales and, when paired with a focus...

Break the bias: Why great parental leave policies make business sense

With more people leaving restrictive jobs than ever before, it's become increasingly important to support your teams wit...

How gaming venue Fortress is levelling up the local esports scene

We chat with Fortress chief operations officer Mads Brown about what the last two years has been like for the gaming ent...

How Coles aims to bring smaller shops to your door thanks to drone delivery

The pilot, announced last week, offers more than 250 of Coles’ products for drone delivery, including fresh produce.

Tigerlily CEO Travis Wright on what it takes to win at online retail

Travis Wright, CEO of iconic Australian swimwear and fashion brand Tigerlily, and former general manager of online fashi...

Retail appointments of the week

International beauty giant Estée Lauder has dismissed executive group president John Demsey over a racist meme shared on...