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Auckland International Airport opens $4 million lounge

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  • September 7, 2017
Auckland International Airport opens $4 million lounge

The new Strata Club lounge for international travellers has opened at Auckland’s international airport. The major $4 million upgrade replaces the old Emperor Lounge.

Strata Club was introduced earlier this year, but offered digital rewards and perks only, including more Wi-Fi and air point dollars.

The expansion comes alongside the completion of stage one for The Loop Duty Free retail space.

Richard Barker, Auckland Airport’s general manager retail and commercial, says the lounge is a big part of the international departure area and adds to the whole experience.

“We have already opened the first stages of our new and expanded security screening and processing area for all passengers, as well as part of the new stores for our two duty free operators. The rest of the international departure area upgrade – including a reconfigured landside farewell portal, a new retail hub and a new passenger lounge.”

The new Strata Lounge was designed by Ignite architects and constructed and fitted-out by Alaska and boasts and impressive curation of new facilities available to customers.

“Our new Strata Lounge means that no matter which international airline or class you are flying, before boarding your flight you can enjoy a modern lounge – with a fresh range of international food, beverages, work stations, shower facilities and a separate children’s space for families to use. In the future the lounge will also have sleeping pods and a beauty spa.”

International passengers can purchase entry into the Auckland Airport owned and operated Strata Lounge for $49 online or $55 on the door. 

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Kiwi retailers cash in on Singles’ Day

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  • November 21, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Kiwi retailers cash in on Singles’ Day

The Chinese holiday Singles’ Day, popularised by Alibaba as the ’11.11 Global Shopping Festival’, is now the biggest sale event in the world. Alibaba reports that US$25.3 billion of gross merchandise volume was settled during the 24 hours of Singles’ Day this year. Not all of that went to Chinese retailers, however – a handful of Kiwis made the most of the opportunity.

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Updated: Noel Leeming launches a dedicated after-purchase services division

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  • November 20, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Updated: Noel Leeming launches a dedicated after-purchase services division

The Warehouse Group’s electronics retailer Noel Leeming has been looking at expanding its focus on services this year. Now, it’s launched a dedicated after-purchase services division: MyTechSolution. The change also means that customers will be charged for access to Noel Leeming's helpdesk if the request goes beyond a "quick fix".

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Cameras aren’t just for security anymore

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  • November 20, 2017
Cameras aren’t just for security anymore

In-store video cameras revolutionised loss prevention when they first became available to retailers, but as camera technology continues to evolve, they can now provide a plethora of data that supports better business decisions.

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Sale squared: Onceit talks deep discounts and sale events

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  • November 20, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
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Kiwi high-end clearance ecommerce store Onceit works with more than 400 suppliers from New Zealand’s fashion, beauty and homewares industries to offload excess stock without brand damage. We had a chat with executive director Jay Goodey ahead of its once-yearly sale of sales.

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