Jon Bird is the managing director of LabStore, Y&R's global retail and shopper marketing network. In this piece, he explores why international retailers are choosing an anti-consumerist approach to Black Friday and why it works in their favour.
Troubled retailer Kathmandu has been faced with more hurdles to overcome this week. First, CEO Xavier Simonet’s incentive package has been widely criticised as inappropriate given the company’s recent financial performance. Now, a research and investment management firm says it will no longer cover Kathmandu,
ith around 90,000 workers in Auckland's CBD - and that's not including students or shoppers - the struggle to find a park is real. The city is chocker with congestion and competition is fierce between equally as expensive parking buildings. However, a new smartphone app
Hamilton’s New World Te Rapa and New World Brookfield in Tauranga are the first to sport a new “pick and mix” selection of vegetables. Consumer opinion seems divided between concerns about freshness and food safety, and appreciation for the convenience factor. Foodstuffs has also confirmed
Organic products were once restricted to specialty stores, but they are fast becoming sold in mainstream supermarkets. One of the latest product to hit shelves, Organic Initiative (Oi) organic pads and tampons, is proving popular with shoppers, while organic food is proving to be a
Postie+ has got its glad rags on this Christmas. The Kiwi apparel retailer went into voluntary administration last year, closing 12 stores and axing 64 staff, but since former Witchery executive Henry Lee was appointed as CEO in April, there’s been big changes afoot. The
The 17 stores that make up the Gloria Jean’s franchise in New Zealand are on the market. The shops are distributed among the biggest shopping centres, so Bayleys broker Tony van Camp says there’s an opportunity to expand the chain and move more into provincial
Retail sales in the third quarter of this year have stayed resilient, with a seasonally adjusted 1.4 percent increase in sales. However, Retail NZ says retailers will keen for trade to pick up in the crucial period leading up to Christmas. PLUS: view our graphic