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Dean Blake

Dean Blake is deputy news editor at Inside Retail. Reporting all things Australia and New Zealand, Dean has spent the last two years helping spearhead both online and print content for Inside Retail Weekly, Inside Retail Magazine, and the Top 50 People in E-commerce report. Now, as deputy news editor for APAC, he helps coordinate Inside Retail's broader news strategy across the APAC region while continuing to focus his efforts on his local markets. With the transformation of the retail industry becoming more and more rapid, and important, Dean is keen on seeing how the industry reinvents itself for the modern world and how it can become a force for good in a sometimes difficult and volatile world – remembering that retail isn't just a game of numbers, it's a game of people.

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Black Friday, Singles Day drive strong sales in November: RetailNZ

Spending in November rose by 25.7 per cent according to RetailNZ.

Kathmandu CEO resigns to head up Austrade

Outdoor fashion retailer Kathmandu’s chief executive Xavier Simonet has resigned after five years at the helm

RipCurl balances out struggling Kathmandu in first quarter

Outdoor fashion group Kathmandu has seen group sales for the first quarter of FY21 72 per cent above last year, benefiti...

Harvey Norman profit explodes 160 per cent

New Zealand sales increased 20.4 per cent, excluding the impact of Auckland's lockdown.

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With Black Friday but four days away, cyber security firm McAfee has urged retailers to ensure they are prepared for pot...
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Commerce Commission to give initial ideas on supermarket probe next month

The study will analyse the structure of the grocery industry, the nature of its competition levels, pricing practices of...
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Countdown pledges zero food waste and emissions reduction by 2030

The New Zealand supermarket chain’s sustainability plan includes over 40 commitments in total.
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Supermarket duopoly faces competition probe

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Woolworths commits to use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025

Woolworths is the latest business in Australia to commit to power all of its operations through renewable energy by 2025...
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Countdown posts solid growth as e-commerce surges

Woolworths' Countdown business saw sales grow 6.9 per cent during the quarter to $1.8 billion, while online sales rose 5...

Travel sector complaints surge this year: Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission said received almost 10,000 complaints during 2020, over 1200 of which related solely to the tra...

Former Steinhoff CEO fined millions for insider trading

Former Steinhoff International Holdings chief executive Marcus Jooste has been fined more the US$9.9 million after the S...
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JB Hi-Fi grows into the first quarter, launches ‘on-demand’ delivery service

JB Hi-Fi continued its FY20 growth streak into FY21, with shuttered Melbourne stores having little impact on its 27.3 pe...

Kiwi e-commerce startup raises $1.4 million for Australian expansion

Kiwi e-commerce enabler Storbie has raised $1.4 million (NZ$1.5 million) in capital to help fast-track its expansion ont...

Tiffany sees earnings bump during legal dogfight

In the midst of a legal stoush with one-time suitor LVMH, luxury chain Tiffany has seen positive sales momentum carry it...

Flight Centre to cut 23 stores, 160 staff in local restructure

NZ MD confident the business can survive.
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Kiwis support local cheese makers as grocery sales soar

New Zealand’s cheesemakers are witnessing a huge uplift in interest in sales of locally-produced cheeses, with consumers...

Michael Hill’s branded-product sales deliver strong first quarter

Jewelry business Michael Hill has maintained strong growth into the first quarter of FY21, with growth margin up and gro...

Will the global furniture boom continue into 2021?

The furniture industry has seen some strong tailwinds in 2020, as customers continue spending more time at home. But wi...

Adore Beauty looks to raise A$269.5 million in IPO

Adore Beauty has today launched a prospectus with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission to list on the Au...