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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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“It’s disappointing”: Why retailers should do more to tackle modern slavery

Monash University reported last year that more than a third of mandatory modern slavery reports were unsatisfactory. So,...

Bunnings customers caught up in international data breach

US-based scheduling platform FlexBooker, which Bunnings uses to power part of its ‘Drive & Collect’ service, was breache...

Black Friday drives 5.8 per cent retail-wide sales bump in November

Clothing, footwear and personal accessories led the way in sales during the month as Australians increasingly want to re...

Finalists revealed for Inside Retail’s Retailer Awards 2022

Inside Retail is thrilled to announce this year's finalists for the upcoming Retailer Awards presented by Commonwealth B...

HungryPanda acquires Buy@Home to strengthen Asian food delivery

Easi national operations manager Kitty Lu said the acquisition would increase the business' effectiveness and reach in a...

Hallenstein Glasson’s sales tumble in first quarter

At the business’ AGM, held on Tuesday, chairman Warren Bell said the sales drop was largely caused by store closures acr...

Wesfarmers moves to block Woolies’ bid for API

According to Wesfarmers, a growing number of pharmacists and chemists find the overlap between Woolworths’ products and ...

The Warehouse Group introduces 26 weeks paid parental leave for all staff

The business will also continue topping up workers’ KiwiSaver contributions, and will keep accruing annual leave at the ...

Booktopia misled consumers on refunds for damaged, faulty items: ACCC

Booktopia is being taken to Federal Court after an ACCC investigation found it had misled consumers about their rights i...
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New Zealand Food Safety investigating series of recalls across supermarkets

Lead contaminated sugar has been recalled four times in the last two months across both Countdown and Foodstuffs South I...

BusinessNZ refuses to assist in “unlawful” fair pay scheme

“They aren’t needed, [and] remove the flexibility and autonomy of modern workplaces and won’t improve pay and conditions...

Metcash benefits from customer’s local shift throughout first half

Group CEO Jeff Adams said the businesses food, liquor and hardware pillars had all benefitted from Metcash’s position in...

Premier Retail starts FY22 on the back foot

Incoming chief executive Richard Murray said that he believed Premier’s retail team has done an amazing job navigating t...

Woolies blocks Wesfarmers’ plans for API with $872 million bid

According to Woolworths, API’s board has determined their proposal is likely to be superior to Wesfarmers’, and it is wo...

Off White, Louis Vuitton artistic designer Virgil Abloh passes away

Abloh had been privately battling cancer for several years, according to a statement from LVMH.

Lush exiting Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat due to whistleblower revelations

Lush co-founder Mark Constantine said, as someone who has spent his entire life avoiding adding harmful ingredients to t...

Accent Group’s sales slipped by $86m before stores reopened

More than 400 of the business’ stores were shuttered through the 18 weeks to October 31.

Dyson launches virtual reality store through Oculus

This VR experience goes some way in allowing shoppers to check out the business’ products, and future updates to the sof...

Gorman founder and creative director steps away from business

After 22 years as creative director, Gorman founder Lisa Gorman is departing from her position at the company.

Upparel set to launch textile recycling in New Zealand in December

Across Australia, Upparel takes unwanted clothing and textiles from consumers and businesses and recycles them where pos...

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