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The countdown begins to Countdown’s new managing director

  • Who's Where
  • March 12, 2018
The countdown begins to Countdown’s new managing director

Dave Chambers, managing director of Countdown, has announced plans to leave his role in June after 39 years working for the business.

Effective from June 30, Chambers will end his almost four decades within Progressive Enterprises. Chambers says he is confident he is leaving the business in good hands, with the new taker of the role yet to be announced.

“I am delighted with the transformational work we have undertaken around team culture and  I am also proud of the way Countdown leads the industry in a number of important ways, including being New Zealand’s first supermarket to phase-out caged eggs and single use plastic carrier bags. I’ll miss our team and the incredible rush of retail, but the time feels right to take some time out to travel with my family before looking for a new challenge,” says Chambers.

Chambers was one of Countdown’s 18,000 strong team, but has been hailed by Woolworths Group CEO, Brad Banducci, for working his way from a young student on the top floor to managing director.

“Dave has contributed a huge amount to this business, including moving to Australia at the drop of a hat to help to stabilise our business here, and then, a year later, moving back to New Zealand to implement a new strategic direction for the business there. He leaves our New Zealand business in good heart, and I want to thank him for his important contribution to the Group and wish him well into the future,” says Banducci. 

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Bonnie Brown’s Blooming ‘Brella: Winner of the Blunt + Idealog + Generator umbrella experiment

  • News
  • May 25, 2018
  • Elly Strang
Bonnie Brown’s Blooming ‘Brella: Winner of the Blunt + Idealog + Generator umbrella experiment

The grand winner of the Blunt + Idealog + Generator umbrella experiment has been announced – congratulations to Bonnie Brown of Studio Bon, who will see her design turned into a limited edition Blunt umbrella. Watch this space for details on how to buy one in the near future, or get your pre-order in now. In the meantime, we chat with Brown and have a closer look at her winning design.

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Save money or save values?

  • Opinion
  • May 25, 2018
  • Courtney Devereux
Save money or save values?

As the next generation become top spenders, it is up to them to communicate their values to the market. Below you’ll find examples of local, ethical, mindful and sustainable retailers to support, well also upgrading your wardrobe.

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#Trending: Shop to showroom

  • News
  • May 25, 2018
  • Sarah Pollok
#Trending: Shop to showroom

Stores are starting to display only sample products are on the rise. Sarah Pollok looks into the new showroom experience hitting our retailers.

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Debunking diversity myths surrounding hiring practises

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  • May 24, 2018
  • Rose Lu
Debunking diversity myths surrounding hiring practises

Flick Electric software engineer Rose Lu has often been the sole woman or sole non-white person in the room in her career, and recently assisted with Flick's hiring process for new engineers. Here, she shares some key learnings on how to hire for diversity – and how to get around the obstacles that often pop up.

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