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Covid-19

Lindt exec talks why Australia is such a strong test market

Lindt exec talks why Australia is such a strong test market

After a two-year hiatus from launching stores in Australia, Swiss chocolatier Lindt has kicked off a new bricks-and-mortar strategy alongside a nascent online offer. Here, we talk to Lindt Australia CEO Mi...
Isolation rules fuelling ‘long Covid’ for businesses
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Retailers, academics urge calm as Covid setting turned red
How Covid-19 changed the way we shop – and what to expect in 2022

Covid-19 Archives

Aucklanders return to malls as New Zealand eases lockdown

Retail stores filled up within hours of reopening due to pent up demand.

Pak’canSave program helps Kiwis in need

The campaign is running for two weeks until November 14 in partnership with local charities around the country.
Designer Wardrobe

Fashion label closes all stores citing government Covid rules confusion

While SMEs have to endure a number of costs, they don’t have unlimited access to capital to continue operating while for...

Dairy owners group dubs 90 per cent double-vax target ‘torture’

“People I know are in tears. The mental toll is crippling and I am afraid people will die."

Business groups unite to push Government for better support measures

“We are seeing business closures, job losses, growing debt and health and wellbeing impacts on business owners, staff an...

New Zealand retailers expect a bad season to get worse

New Zealand’s retail sector is in for a rough few months ahead, with the nation’s average spend trending down month afte...

Vaccine passports are coming to Australia. Here’s what 4 retailers think

Australia is set to become the latest country where people are required to provide proof of vaccination to enter shops, ...

Auckland businesses have lost almost $750m through lockdown restrictions

Since February 2020, retailers in particular have missed out on $320 million.
Countdown supermarkets

​​Countdown waives rent for retail tenants caught in Covid shutdowns

The supermarket chain said it will also continue rent relief for non-essential tenants as needed in Alert Level 3.

Auckland businesses beg government for aid as lockdown continues

After two weeks of Level 4 lockdown, Auckland city centre businesses have lost more than $45 million according to figure...

Supermarkets short on staff as lockdown extended

Countdown reports more than 1000 staff impacted by response to latest Covid outbreak, and it expects that number to rise...

The Trusts West Auckland mandates mask for shoppers

The retail chain has committed to pay frontline staff a 10 per-cent bonus on top of their current wages in recognition o...
Woman shopping in fashion store wearing face mask looking at some clothes

Bricks-and-mortar, online retail grew in May

The result follows a massive jump in yearly sales the month prior, as the industry cycled out the initial impact of the ...

Kathmandu cuts expectations short as Australian lockdowns bite

The group has 40 stores shuttered in NSW and a further 26 closed in Western Australia.

Bunnings Warehouse offers to host vaccination hubs

And, health experts are backing the offer.