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Rakshnna Pattabiraman

Rakshnna Pattabiraman is a Business News Journalist at Octomedia covering news stories, reports and insights pertaining to the field of retail and FMCG. Prior to joining Octomedia, Rakshnna has a background in journalism with a focus on lifestyle, fashion, tech and culture reporting. When she is not a news junkie, she is off exploring and hiking this humble planet.

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ARA predicts $8.8bn mid-year spending spree as retailers quit excess stock

Forecasts show 52 per cent of consumers shopping mid-season sales will be doing so online. Around 6.2 million Australian...

Coles commits $10 million to Great Barrier Reef protection

The company will work on two pilot projects including coastal habitat restoration with farmers where they restore and re...

Amazon Australia creates 1000 seasonal jobs

Online marketplace continues to invest in its operations network including onboarding hundreds of new employees to its r...

Marketplace Medcart chalks up $10 million in first-year sales

The idea was conceived during the pandemic peak when health facilities struggled to obtain sufficient stock of medical-...

Fourteen new retailers to open at Gold Coast Airport

F&B, duty-free, convenience and hybrid cafe-bookstore among new tenants set to open later this year.

Coles recognises First Nations talent through new program

The program will offer Indigenous talent an ‘immersive educational experience of the music industry’ and future employme...

Alquemie Group to launch National Geographic stores

Famous US publishing brand’s apparel offer to feature in new trans-Tasman chain.

Coles launches plastic bags made from marine waste

The retailer will donate 10 per cent from the sale of every Marine Reusable Shopping Bag to support Clean Up Australia’s...

Major US retailers sign charter to end racial bias in retail environments

Calla Rongerude, director of Open to All, said the study "underscored the pervasiveness of unfair treatment" of BIPOC sh...

Retailers urge new government to keep up promises

Zahra said CBD retailers and small businesses require a high level of targeted government support to recover.

Woolworths to take a majority stake in MyDeal

MyDeal CEO, Sean Senvirtne, said the transaction is a highly attractive proposition and represents a significant premium...

BikeExchange CEO steps down, interim named

As part of the group’s new operating model which includes significant reductions in employment costs, Ryan McMillan – wh...

Toombul Shopping Centre to close due to extensive flood damage

A Mirvac spokesperson said the developer had ‘undertaken extensive assessments’ of the flood damages to the precinct and...

Underwear label Step One downgrades outlook

Step One founder and CEO Greg Taylor said the team is focused on solving the issues at hand and introducing new innerwea...

Coles to offer 10 days paid gender affirmation leave to staff

The retailer has also partnered with Pride Cup Australia, a panel on LGBTI+ inclusion in sports.

Mature workers ‘critical’ to resolving retail staffing shortages says ARA

The absence of international students and visa holders – formerly key demographics of the retail workforce – has left re...

Woolworths enters nine-year renewable energy deal

Woolworths represents 1 per cent of the country’s total energy consumption and this shift to green energy in SA is in li...

Retail workers are struggling with high cost of living, says union

SDA’s national secretary Gerard Dwyer said a commitment to support an increase in the minimum wage is critical to the we...

First Nation designer collection in spotlight at Chatswood Chase

Sydney’s Chatswood Chase will be home to a First Nation's Fashion & Design (FNFD) pop up store for three weeks starting ...

Apparel retailer Tiger Mist fined for misleading consumers over returns

Consumers have the same rights whether they make a purchase online or in-store, the ACCC confirms.