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Coronavirus Archives

Omicron’s impact on holiday spend “uncertain”: Amazon

Amazon's comments come amid a backdrop of recent supply chain disruptions linked to the spread of another coronavirus va...
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Face masks: When fashion and function combine

It’s been a tough year for many fashion designers, but some have found new opportunities in the development of beautiful...

Victorian retailers can open almost a full week ahead of schedule

Retailers will be able to open as of Tuesday, 27 October at midnight.

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.

Cheers! A toast to the liquor industry

Creativity and collaborations were key when the pandemic forced liquor businesses to find new ways to connect with custo...

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.
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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.

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...

More than a few tweaks needed for recovery

Business Council boss Jennifer Westacott says the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will need more than a few...

“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.

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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Thankyou closes online store as it grapples with supply chain challenges

MD Daniel Flynn says the global supply chain has become like the Wild West.
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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.
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Consumer advocate calls out retailers for price gouging during Covid

A national survey by Choice found that 1 in 3 Australians felt the impact of price hikes in March.

A coronavirus Christmas tale

Contributor Jemma Caprioli considers how the global pandemic will impact the most important on the retail calendar.
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Myer cuts another 90 head office jobs in pursuit of leaner business model

Department store chain said it is accelerating changes in light of the changing retail landscape.