Preview: Inside Retail Weekly 2120
Unfortunately, Santa Claus won’t be able to save Payless Shoes and Pumpkin Patch from going into administration and liquidation this festive season, says Jared Dickson. In our cover story this week, Dickson takes a look at where it went wrong for both retailers, from plunging sales to the challenges of operating in the infant apparel space.
Westfield Warringah opened with great fanfare in Sydney recently and it’s also just launched a space for retailers to showcase how customisation and technology work hand-in-hand. Three retailers have been confirmed to use the space during the next three months, including customised sports equipment retailer Disrupt Sports. In this issue, we chat with Gary Elphick, Disrupt Sports CEO, about his future plans to connect with his customers through the space, such as an interactive design studio.
Meanwhile, global sporting goods retailer Intersport has just opened a 700 sqm flagship store in Darwin. According to CEO Kevin O’Hanlon, while other brands are chasing the athleisure trend, it’s left a niche empty for specialty sporting retailers, which he aims to fill for customers.
Oxfam recently released its annual ‘Naughty or Nice’ list, naming and shaming retailers who are yet to offer transparency around their supply chain processes. We chat with Specialty Fashion Group CEO Gary Perlstein about his commitment to ethical procurement and the challenges that come with it.
In features, we look into the success of Kathmandu’s mobile video campaign and discuss the rise of streaming as a way of communicating with customers. According to the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Mobile Ratings Report, Australians spent nearly 35 hours per month browsing on their smartphones, one hour of which is spent watching video.
And lastly, we chat with Lou Jardin, CEO from Spar Australia, about the steady transformation of the independent grocery network, the viability of a hypermarket model in Australia and his plans for the retailer in the future.
You’ll find all of this and much more in Inside Retail Weekly Issue 2120.
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