It’s probable that by July 2018, retailers will no longer be able to sell personal care products containing plastic microbeads due to environmental concerns. Minister for the Environment Nick Smith announced this week that a ban on the sale and manufacture of these products is on the cards, commenting that he was disappointed to see “dozens and dozens” of microbead-containing products during a recent trip to the supermarket.
Retailers are increasingly focusing their marketing efforts on digital, but this runs the risk of neglecting the basics, such as store signage. NZ Sign Group member and proprietor at Sign On, Bevan Weal, discusses the importance of signs for a retail business.
Last year saw a number of high-profile retail closures, each of which had a big impact on its staff and suppliers. In the final instalment of our '2016 in retail' series, Elly Strang nominates the most-missed of these retailers, and praises the retail personality of the year.
We love a good brand mascot at The Register - the more surreal, the better. As part of a retrospective series on retail wins and losses of 2016, Elly Strang has crowned the mascot of the year, and also recognised the best PR stunt.
It looks like dangerous times ahead for fans of discount retailer Kmart: its New Zealand website has finally stepped into the ecommerce space and updated its site to feature its most popular products. For now, you can only peruse the products without buying them, with the ability to buy online coming in the next couple of months.
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Is it just us, or was 2016 full of huge shifts and changes? The Register's Elly Strang has picked out the most important of these, and also highlighted the biggest retail-relevant fight.