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Scam watch: Retail NZ says buy reputable

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  • May 18, 2017
  • The Register team
Scam watch: Retail NZ says buy reputable

Retail NZ is warning people that avoiding scam is easy if you stick to shopping locally and only from reputable retailers.

Scamming has long been a threat to traditional retail, from Phishing emails, dodgy bank transfers, and even fake items among others. The growing ease of which consumers can be targeted can only be counteracted by using trustful retailer, according to Retail NZ general manager of public affairs, Greg Harford.

"Genuine retailers try their best to provide great customer service and meet all their legal obligations to customers.  We strongly recommend that, in order to protect themselves, consumers make sure they know from whom they are buying, and take steps to make sure that the business is genuine.”

Harford also acknowledges that people who scam have gone to a lot of trouble to make their efforts harder to combat or detect. But knowing who you’re dealing with is the best way to ensure your safety.

“Just because a flyer has come in the letterbox, or a company has a ‘.co.nz’ website address doesn’t necessarily mean that the company is legitimate.  There are plenty of reputable businesses based offshore selling to New Zealanders, but there are also some pretty dodgy dealers out there.”

Many scams have come into the light recently, with fake Adele tickets even making headlines as scammers make money off New Zealander’s blasé attitude towards security.

The hyperinflation re-selling of tickets isn’t illegal, but people who buy expensive items online are advised to check the legitimacy of the site before purchase.

Recently scam artists have begun using bank account details to transfer money, after calling up or emailing pretending to be the real place, and voicing ‘concerns’ over fake suspicious activity to grab their login details.

People are advised to double check the authenticity of all requests before giving out any personal information.

Retail NZ’s #shoplocal campaign expresses the importance of supporting the growing local New Zealand economy.

“shopping local is also good for consumers.  The best consumer protection is buying from a New Zealand firm that’s subject to New Zealand law, and we continue to encourage Kiwis to shop locally wherever possible.”

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Enhancing the experience: Hospitality New Zealand

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  • November 17, 2017
  • Courtney Devereux
Enhancing the experience: Hospitality New Zealand

Some commentators think food and integrated hospitality offerings will save brick and mortar retail from obsolescence in the age of ecommerce. But does catering to the consumer’s every need result in sales, or are shoppers moving on without making a purchase? In the Enhancing the experience series Courtney Devereux hears from Vicki Lee of Hospitality New Zealand about why these two different sectors are working together.

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What’s next for Auckland’s City Centre: a Q&A with designer Ludo-Campbell Reid

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  • November 16, 2017
  • Elly Strang
What’s next for Auckland’s City Centre: a Q&A with designer Ludo-Campbell Reid

Auckland Council recently released a video detailing how far it’s come with the urban design of the City Centre over the last 10 to 15 years, as well as its vision for the years to come. Elly Strang talks with Ludo Campbell-Reid about the pace at which his vision is coming to fruition, the most impactful changes already made to the City Centre and goals for the future.

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Owner / Retailer: Suzie Johnson

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  • November 16, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Owner / Retailer: Suzie Johnson

Oosh is a regional retail empire that’s built on empowering rural women. Founder Suzie Johnson chose the name after ‘Oosh’ was tagged into the side of her first store in Shannon, which she opened after putting her husband through university selling jewellery and paintings at markets.

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A first look at new pharmacy player Chemist Warehouse

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  • November 16, 2017
  • The Register team
A first look at new pharmacy player Chemist Warehouse

When Australian pharmacy giant Chemist Warehouse opened its first New Zealand outlet less than 50 metres from The Register team’s office, Courtney Devereux and Sarah Dunn couldn’t resist heading in for a mystery shopping trip or two.

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