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Covid-19

“Very disappointing”: Melbourne lockdown comes just as retailers were starting to recover

“Very disappointing”: Melbourne lockdown comes just as retailers were starting to recover

Local bookstore chain Readings is expecting sales to decline "considerably" over the next six weeks, as Melburnians are put back in a stage 3 lockdown in an effort to contain the worrying increase in cases...
More than half of Vic retailers glad restrictions weren’t eased, survey shows
Australia Post offers hardworking posties a Covid bonus
Bike sales in ANZ skyrocket during COVID-19 lockdown
How Covid-19 will drive a rapid e-commerce revolution

Covid-19 Archives

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More than half of Vic retailers glad restrictions weren’t eased, survey shows

Many do understand it will be ‘extremely difficult’ to survive the next few months.
Industry groups have criticised the slow reopening.

Most Melbourne stores to remain shut until October 26

Retail faces another seven weeks of store closures under Victoria's cautious plan to ease restrictions.

Industry body warns retailers of volatile times ahead

ABS preliminary figures show a 3.3 per cent rise in retail sales in July.
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Australia Post offers hardworking posties a Covid bonus

The postal service's CEO noted that Australia Post has operated non-stop through the pandemic.
Openings & closings

Why we need ‘ShopKeeper’ as much as JobKeeper

The government may have supported many Australian businesses with JobKeeper, but many independent retailers will close u...

Retail reacts to the Melbourne shutdown

Wesfarmers' Rob Scott, Premier's Solomon Lew and others respond to the shutdown.
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How Melbourne retail went dark

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

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.

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.
Customer Making Contactless Payment For Shopping At Checkout Of Grocery Store Using Mobile Phone

Paid pandemic leave and reformed rights: How Covid-19 impacts workers

Government, unions and industry groups take aim at employees.
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Shopper compliance, cloth mask standards emerge as concerns

Demand for face masks has spiked in Victoria, but two key issues are emerging.

Can JobKeeper 2.0 compete with Lockdown 2.0?

The government is announcing the next round of income support measures as Melbourne returns to lockdown. What does this ...

McDonald’s, KFC staff now required to wear masks – could supermarkets be next?

The change comes as major US retailers announce face mask requirements for customers.

South Australia scraps virus trading hours

SA Treasurer Rob Lucas says the extended trading hours for shops during the coronavirus pandemic will come to an end thi...

New phase of income support to be announced this month

The Prime Minister has reassured businesses facing the scheduled end of JobKeeper in September that more support is comi...

“Very disappointing”: Melbourne lockdown comes just as retailers were starting to recover

Here's how one business is handling the return to stage 3 restrictions.
Management

In a post-pandemic world, all the signs are pointing downwards

The likelihood of a quick turnaround is slim, contributor Jared Dickson argues.
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What you need to ask yourself about your post-Covid strategy

Contributor Anastasia Lloyd-Wallis shares the key questions retailers should be asking themselves.

Bike sales in ANZ skyrocket during COVID-19 lockdown

How three ANZ bike brands performed during the pandemic.