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COVID-19 Archives

Sydney CBD to shut down as Covid cases worsen

“This is in order for us to ensure that this doesn’t take hold for weeks and weeks, and we believe this is a proportiona...

Sydneysiders must wear facemasks when shopping from Thursday

Sydney’s facemask rules will be extended and strengthened, as the city braces with an outbreak of the infectious delta s...

Analysis: Luxury retail in the post-Covid landscape

Covid-19 represents both a threat and an opportunity for international luxury brands trading in APAC. By transforming th...

Victorian retail to lose $2bn in lockdown extension

“If we let this thing run it’s course, it will explode. We’ve got to run this to ground because if we don’t, people will...
Industry groups have criticised the slow reopening.

Victoria to offer support to businesses hit by snap lockdown

Victoria’s minister for industry support and recovery Martin Pakula said the package would be announced next week.

Victoria enters snap seven-day lockdown

Victorians will only be able to leave the house for key reasons, which don't include retail beyond basic groceries.

Mask mandate imposed for Melbourne malls

Melbourne-based Covid-19 cluster has grown to 15 in just three days and health officials are concerned that one of those...

APAC is driving global e-commerce growth. Here’s how retailers are adapting

While some retailers have struggled with the accelerated shift to e-commerce, others are embracing entirely new mediums ...
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New restaurant designs pop up shaped by the pandemic

Restaurateurs in the Philippines had to innovate and rethink their approach to traditional dining.
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Small businesses condemn government’s dobbing hotline

Small businesses have spoken out against the federal government’s new hotline for employers to report job seekers who re...

“Devastating blow”: Victoria returns to lockdown

“Unfortunately, some of the horrors of 2020 continue,” ARA boss Paul Zahra said.
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Retail news around the globe

Starbucks supports Covid-19 vaccine delivery; H&M opens Arket store in China; Shiseido to offload consumer business; and...

‘Panic-buying’ events are the new normal; here’s how supply chains have adapted

Any induced shortages will be short-lived. In fact, by the time you read this, the fuss might be over.

How travel bans will impact luxury retailers this Lunar New Year

Chinese consumers account for a significant portion of the global luxury market. What will happen when they stay at home...

Brisbane’s lockdown ends tonight, masks mandatory in retail for next 10 days

Brisbane will end its three-day lockdown at 6pm on Monday 11, after the state recorded its third straight day with zero ...

Brisbane enters three-day lockdown, businesses to close for the weekend

Food vendors will be limited to take-away, while other businesses will be forced to close.
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The role of the retailer in a mask mandate

Retail staff in Greater Sydney are getting to grips with new mask requirements, but how much responsibility falls on the...

What retailers need to consider for their lockdown contingency plan

The Party People CEO shares his lockdown contingency plan.

Navigating the perfect storm: Social distancing and the collapse of tourism

How are shopping centres finding new ways to deal with the restrictions that the pandemic has brought to the retail land...

How the world’s oldest bookstores are surviving during Covid

These beloved bookstores may have been around for decades — centuries in some cases — but now they're finding new ways t...