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H&M has created a jacket that gives the wearer a hug

The product was developed in the fast fashion giant’s innovation lab in Germany.

Australian luxury finds a new home on Showroom-X

The new digital concept aims to make it more economical for local luxury brands to enter China.

Napoleon Perdis swaps Priceline for David Jones

The beauty brand is reversing course, after ending its 16-year relationship with David Jones two years ago.

Shona Joy launches first-ever athleisure range

Best-known for bridesmaid dresses, the brand has started offering casualwear in recent years. The timing couldn’t be better.

Kmart unveils new ‘K Hub’ format in former Target stores

Three former Target Country stores have already been converted. Dozens more will soon follow.

Retailers can collectively negotiate leases until September 2021

ARA and NRA welcome decision by the competition watchdog.

Value of Westfield properties expected to fall 10 per cent due to Covid

Physical retail has been hit hard by the global pandemic.

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Broad push for retail staff, shoppers to wear masks

Two dozen major retailers now “strongly encourage” customers and staff to wear masks in areas where they are not yet required.

Retail reacts to the Melbourne shutdown

Wesfarmers’ Rob Scott, Premier’s Solomon Lew and others respond to the shutdown.

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The who, what, when, where and why of the Melbourne shutdown

Here’s everything retailers need to know about the restrictions taking effect on Wednesday.

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How Melbourne retail went dark

The near-total shutdown of retail stores could actually have been much worse.

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Melbourne retailers brace for toughest restrictions yet

Experts weigh the possibility of a full shutdown under Stage 4 restrictions.

Australian MD let go as part of Pandora’s global reorg

The jewellery giant has appointed Australian David Allen to lead the newly formed Pacific cluster.

Woolies changes mask policy in response to rising case numbers

New guidance issued following the extension of mandatory masks to the entire state of Victoria.

David Jones launches one-stop-shop for sustainable brands

Mindfully Made isn’t just focused on selling sustainable products, but also educating customers.

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More than half of retail directors expecting to restructure: Survey

New research paints a dire picture of the retail landscape. It comes as several groups call for reform of the administration process.

Training key to dealing with customers who refuse to wear masks

Bunnings responds to concerns about confrontations over mask-wearing in stores.

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Some retailers extend face mask requirement beyond Melbourne

Apple has required staff and customers to wear face masks in stores globally since May.

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McDonald’s has started building its 1000th restaurant in Australia

The global fast food brand will open its first sustainable flagship in Australia later this year.

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EBay sells Gumtree as part of US$9bn classifieds deal

The buyer, Adevinta, will become the largest online classifieds business in the world.


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