Eight independent ecommerce retailers from around New Zealand have got the chance to scoop up some Newmarket foot traffic by clubbing together in a pop-up shop.
New Zealand retailers employ around 209,000 people, representing about 10 percent of the country’s total workforce. It’s an industry offering diverse opportunities that include everything from visual merchandising to executive management, but for years, it’s battled a perception that a career in retail isn’t a real career. At the same time, retailers are increasingly turning to casual contracts to fill gaps in their rosters. Are these two issues interlinked? With support from Frontline Retail, the NZ Retail team investigated.
The first wave of statistics coming out of Black Friday on November 24 indicated that Kiwis had cottoned on to the American shopping holiday, with retail spending up 32.9 percent on the previous Friday. Now, further data from payments provider Vend has backed that intel up.
Jay Goodey was one of the People's Choice winners for the retail category in Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. Goodey was just 22 when he quit his job as a television editor to launch Onceit, an online store where retailers can sell their outlet stock and consumers can get a bargain. The membership-only site has grown like topsy, it has embraced the bricks and clicks trend with a pop-up store in Newmarket, it now handles over 20,000 orders a month across premium apparel, homewares and beauty.
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Much-loved woollen sneaker company Allbirds has opened its first pop-up at Auckland restaurant Coco's Cantina, complete with custom sneakers made in Coco's colours.
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 looks into why these two different sectors are working together.
Increasing demand for Asian-style tea with tapioca pearls is driving a significant investment in New Zealand from global bubble tea company Gong Cha. The company is to add another three stores to its Kiwi operations and lift its team from 30 staff to 50 next year.
Donielle Brooke was one of the People's Choice winners in the retail category in Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. Brooke founded Designer Wardrobe, an online marketplace where users list, sell, rent or look for designer items on Facebook, in 2013, as a way to pay rent after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Now it’s surpassed 100,000 members, crowd-funded $1.7 million in the space of a few days, and opened a bricks and mortar store.
We’re currently inundated with gift guides tailored towards everyone from your mother-in-law to your nephew. There’s branded stationery; sportsware; kitchen equipment – you name it, there’s a version of it marketed as a Christmas gift. But what about the poor person selling that gift?