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Christina Stephens: Meet adaptive fashion’s disruptive duo

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In just two years, the adaptive fashion brand Christina Stephens has grown retail revenue fourfold by tapping an underserved market for stylish clothes that meet the unique needs of people with disabilities.

Winners revealed for 2022 National Indigenous Fashion Awards

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Denni Francisco’s brand Ngali with the Warmun Art Centre has won the Fashion Designer Award at the 2022 National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA) announced last night in Darwin.

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Lids unveils first NBA physical stores in Australia

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American sports retailer Lids – which operates the US NBA’s flagship stores – has opened Australia’s first, in Melbourne, Victoria with a second planned for Sydney later this year.

Uniqlo debuts in South Australia

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Japanese apparel retailer Uniqlo is set to open its first South Australia store, in Adelaide’s Myer Centre. The new store spans 1000sqm and occupies a brand new addition to the Myer Centre.

Sustainability at Retail

As part of a global Sustainability at Retail initiative, Shop! worked collaboratively with its global affiliates to address critical environmental issues, outlined in this white paper.

Alibaba revenue growth flatlines for first time as China’s lockdowns bite

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Alibaba Group has reported flat quarterly revenue growth for the first time in its history, showing how China’s Covid lockdowns have hit its business.

How viral DIYs on Facebook inspired Kmart Australia’s new product range

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From plant pots transformed into side tables, to bread boxes turned into nightstands, Kmart Australia’s affordable products have long inspired customers to use glue, paint and their own ingenuity to create stylish items for their home.

Red Rooster adds EV charging to its menu

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Eco-conscious chicken lovers can now charge their electric vehicles (EVs ) as they dine thanks to a partnership between Red Rooster and Evie, a company formed in 2017 to build a convenient and dependable EV charging network.

Liquor Marketing Group buys loyalty marketing company

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Off-licence retailer Liquor Marketing Group (LMG) has strengthened its loyalty armoury and reach by acquiring Adelaide-based digital marketing software company Zen Global.

Apple forecasts faster sales growth, despite glum economy

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Apple says parts shortages are easing and that demand for iPhones is unceasing despite consumers tightening other spending, helping it top Wall Street expectations and forecast faster sales growth ahead.

Meet rising star of the week: Kate Stansberry, beauty buyer, David Jones

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We recently launched our first Rising Stars of Retail report in the May issue of Inside Retail Australia’s quarterly magazine, a special feature highlighting some of the great under-the-radar talent in the industry from a wide range of departments.

Modibodi acquired by Swedish multinational Essity for $140 million

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Australian leakproof apparel pioneer Modibodi has been bought by Swedish hygiene and health company Essity in a deal worth $140 million. .

How Nike’s AR hoodie brings the metaverse closer to the street

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It’s no surprise that the largest sports apparel brand in the world, Nike, has bridged the physical and digital divide. The brand recently launched a hoodie designed to be worn with augmented reality (AR) components in real life, and on avatars in virtual environments.

Rising sales are hiding retailers’ anguish, says ARA chief

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Retail spending across Australia is up – but there is a catch, warns Australian Retailers Association CEO Paul Zahra. Releasing the latest monthly Mastercard SpendingPulse data this morning, that covers June, Zahra says consumer spending continued its strong trajectory, rising 11.1

Myer, Close the Loop partner to recycle cosmetics packaging waste

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Department store Myer has partnered with Close The Loop to trial a cosmetics packaging recycling program. The trial will run for eight weeks till September 16 and will have Close the Loop collect, sort and process products into eight categories.

Profits slump for online retailer Kogan

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Trans-Tasman online retailer Kogan has reported a return to adjusted profit during the first quarter, but not by enough to prevent a 69 per cent slump for the full year to June 30. Sales for the year were static, up by just 0.1 per cent, to $1.18 billion, while adjusted EBITA was $19.1

How a trip to the bathroom inspired Pottery Barn’s inclusive furniture line

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When Tommy Hilfiger launched an adaptive fashion range in 2017 , it brought global attention to a widespread problem: the lack of functional and stylish clothing options for people with disabilities. And it inspired other fashion brands to reconsider their offerings.

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“It was our destiny”: Japan’s ‘most beautiful bookstore’ lands in Malaysia

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Widely known as Japan’s most beautiful bookstore, Tsutaya has recently dipped its toe into Southeast Asia with the launch of its store in Malaysia in shopping centre Pavilion Bukit Jalil.

Burger Road drives local and interstate expansion

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Melbourne’s Burger Road is gearing up to expand interstate this financial year. Since opening the first store in 2017, the brand has built a network of three corporate and four franchisee-owned locations in Victoria.

ARA – the voice of Australia’s retail community

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The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the oldest, largest and most diverse national retail body, which represents over 100,000 shopfronts or online stores nationwide and almost two-thirds of Australia’s $360 billion sector.

Online boom drives Myer sales boost

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Department store group Myer says its sales will nudge $3 billion for the full year as burgeoning online sales and “positive outcome” across all metrics drove solid growth, despite the loss of trading days to Covid during the second half.

Kathmandu CEO resigns, ‘heads for the hills’

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The chief executive of Kathmandu, Reuben Casey, has resigned after 12 years working with the New Zealand outdoor wear brand. KMD Brands Group CEO Michael Daly described Casey as an integral part of Kathmandu during his time with the brand where he served as CFO and COO prior to taking the CEO role.

Ikea Australia lets customers buy second-life products

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Ikea Australia has launched an online platform allowing customers to browse and reserve second-life Ikea furniture and homeware products.

Accessories brand Zagg opens first Apac store, in Sydney

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Zagg, a global retailer of electronic device accessories, has opened its first store in Australia, marking the first step in an expansion strategy in the Apac region.

Why more retailers are hiring chief brand officers

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Millennials are edging ever closer to owning the majority of the spending power in Australia, and their buyer behaviour is forcing retailers to focus even more heavily on meaningful emotional connections.

Strandbags launches Nere, a new travel lifestyle brand

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Trans-Tasman retailer Strandbags has launched a new travel lifestyle brand called Nere. The new brand will release two seasonal fashion-inspired ranges each year, including travel bags, suitcases and accessories.

Redbubble may appeal court order to pay Hells Angels for using logo

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Redbubble has been ordered to fork out $78,000 to the Hells Angels for using its logo without permission, the second copyright case brought against the online marketplace in the last three years by the motorcycle club.

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How digital displays are helping physical retail bounce back

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While e-commerce may have been the name of the game two years ago at the peak of Covid-19 restrictions, as we’ve emerged from lockdowns, it’s clear that physical retail is not going anywhere.

JB Hi-Fi registers strong growth in sales, profit

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Electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi says heightened customer demand drove strong sales growth during the second half, with its core JB Hi-Fi Australian business sales up by 10.9 per cent in the last quarter.

Australia’s Venroy opens its first store in Europe

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Australian fashion label Venroy has launched its first store abroad – in Italy’s Ise of Capri – the first step in an international expansion plan. The Mediterranean island store was designed by in-house architect Sarah l’Anson.

Trivago fined $44.7 million for misleading travellers

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Online travel booking company Trivago has been ordered to pay $44.7 million in penalties by the Australian Federal Court for misleading consumers over hotel prices.

Why Amazon’s offer to change the way it uses seller data is a big deal

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Major changes to the way Amazon operates are on the horizon.

World’s first Nike Style store opens in Seoul

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Nike has introduced its latest retail concept, Nike Style, with the first store opened in South Korea, to be followed by more across multiple international markets. The Nike Style concept store is located in the bustling Hongdae neighbourhood, which is known for its art and fashion culture.

Uniqlo owner’s shares surge on profit forecast

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Fast Retailing shares surged to the highest level this year in Tokyo trading today after the owner of clothing brand Uniqlo posted a record quarterly profit and raised full-year forecasts. The stock rose as much as 8.5

Woolworths opens Queensland’s first Customer Fulfilment Centre

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Woolworths has unveiled a multi-million dollar Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) in Brisbane, Queensland. The 10,000sqm purpose-built warehouse facility sits 18km from the CBD at Goodman’s Rochedale Motorway Estate and has space for 25,000 products.

Denim brand Ksubi to open first standalone store in London

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Ksubi, the Australian denim streetwear brand, plans to open three standalone stores on two continents before the end of this year.

Fujifilm Australia opens interactive experience store in Sydney

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Fujifilm has opened Australia’s first Fujifilm House of Photography concept store in Sydney’s CBD.

Buyer sought for collapsed eyewear retailer Soda Shades

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Sunglasses retailer Soda Shades has been placed in administration, a victim of the global supply-chain crisis. .

Aje adds four more stores, including two Athletica boutiques

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Aje has opened four new retail locations in New South Wales and Queensland, including two Aje Athletica activewear stores.

Samsung Australia fined $14 million over false water-resistance claims

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Australia’s competition regulator said on Thursday a court has ordered the local unit of Samsung Electronics to pay a penalty of $14 million over misleading claims about a water-resistance feature in some of its smartphones.

Hungry Jack’s coffee offer to be added to 410 stores nationwide

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Fast food chain Hungry Jack’s is rolling out a barista coffee offer dubbed Jack’s Cafe across 410 stores nationally after a successful pilot program.

“The metaverse is just the beginning”: What lies ahead for fashion’s future

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For most observers of the fashion industry, the technological impact of blockchain, Web 3.0, non fungible tokens (NFTs) and the decentralised metaverse are mostly met with a collective feeling of cognitive dissonance.

Many potential saviours in line for stricken Sneakerboy Group

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Interest in the collapsed Sneakerboy Group is running high, with the administrator already receiving 36 expressions of interest.

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