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Employers and governments should have seen this supply crisis coming

Australian Day barbecues are under threat as Omicron infections continue to cripple meat-processing operations.

NFTs, an overblown speculative bubble inflated by pop culture and crypto mania

The Bored Ape character seems derivative of the drawings of Jamie Hewlett, the artist who drew Tank Girl and virtual ban...

How Covid-19 changed the way we shop – and what to expect in 2022

Increasingly our buying behaviour will be shaped by what marketing experts call omnichannel shopping.

How Victor Gruen’s grand urban vision became our suburban shopping reality

Gruen wanted to re-create in microcosm the walkable, diverse and liveable town centres he so loved in Vienna.

How do ethical concerns shape fast-fashion purchases?

Of the world’s industries that profit from worker exploitation, the fashion industry is notorious, in part because of th...

Why there’s no Covid in this year’s Christmas ads

To use a phrase used more this year than I’ve had mince pies, 2020 has been unprecedented. November heralds the start of...

COVID-19 has changed the future of retail: there’s plenty more automation in store

Until people feel safe shopping, dining and gathering in crowded public places, consumer aversion will remain.

Informal feedback: we crave it more than ever, and don’t care who it’s from

Benefits can come from feedback between colleagues, making managerial feedback non-essential.

A greener economy: how we make sustainability central to business

Three approaches based on 44 heads of sustainability at companies around the world.
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A question of trust: should bosses be able to spy on workers, even when they work from home?

With employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, more companies felt the need to track them remotely.

By sacking staff and closing stores, big businesses like The Warehouse could hurt their own long-term interests

It’s disconcerting to see The Warehouse Group pushing ahead with major changes that conflict not only with their own val...

A four-day working week could be the shot in the arm post-coronavirus tourism needs

Could having a four-day work week work? How would organisations do it? And what would the benefits be?
Jacinda Ardern

Open, honest and effective: what makes Jacinda Ardern an authentic leader

The key to the leader's popularity is her authenticity.

How the COVID-19 crisis could remodel the luxury industry

Confronted with the lasting effects of the crisis, significant changes in the industry are to be expected.

The pandemic budget: moving New Zealand from critical care to long-term recovery

In the face of COVID-19, what budget action is needed moving forward?

Pivot to pandemic: how advertisers are using (and abusing) the coronavirus to sell

The days of “what you see is what you get” have passed. It is now time for us to change the way we look at advertising.

How to boost your internet speed when everyone is working from home

While you can try to fix issues and optimise the setup inside your home, unfortunately you can’t really influence networ...

Flattening another coronavirus curve: The cash-flow gap

When sales dry up, costs don't tend to follow suit.