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Embrace the retail apocalypse with American Mall

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  • February 22, 2018
  • Sarah Dunn
Embrace the retail apocalypse with American Mall

US business media site Bloomberg has created a tongue-in-cheek game which puts players in the position of managing a rat-infested, failing mall, complete with imaginatively-named chain stores. Welcome to American Mall.

First, there’s a ‘choose your fighter’-style screen where you select from a cast of shady developers. These include Maximilian, a tech mogul who made his fortune monetising reaction gifs, and one-hit-wonder songstress Barbara.

Next you’re unleashed on an aging, unattractive shopping centre. You’re prompted to choose one of three turn-around strategies: modernizer; ‘alt mall’ or cost cutter.

From there, you have a limited budget available to offer complaining tenants a series of increasingly sharp deals on rent before they eventually leave and shut up shop. Our favourites of the pun-tastic store names included Victoria’s Conspiracy and Pizza Hole, but Old Gravy deserves an honourable mention.

Your responsibility as manager also includes banishing rats, picking up rubbish and ushering out any lingering cyberpunks you see. The screen takes on a red tinge as your resources dwindle and shopper happiness drops. Your agent will suggest actions appropriate to the mall revitalization strategy you picked earlier, but the end will come sooner than you think.

The Register team spent all afternoon repelling cyberpunks and keeping our Sunglass Yurt stores open. We think you’ll enjoy it too.

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‘Gram of the week: Xox Floral

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  • August 14, 2018
‘Gram of the week: Xox Floral

Based in Taupo, this independent florist shows her impressive creations through her page, often showcasing new designs and techniques for beautiful bouquets.

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'Gram of the week: GoodFor

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  • August 7, 2018
'Gram of the week: GoodFor

In our 'Gram of the week series we look at an Instagram of a retailer that particularly stands out. This week, its clean, green and meticulously organised. Much like its stores, the Instagram of GoodFor wholefoods refillery is an impressive expression of the company’s waste-free ethos.

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I Love Ugly's fan inspired collection

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  • August 1, 2018
  • Courtney Devereux
I Love Ugly's fan inspired collection

In a further show of support for the love of soccer, I Love Ugly has continued from its Legends collection with its next Fifa inspired collection. This time the focus is on the fans.

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Cashmere label stands up for bully breeds

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  • July 24, 2018
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Cashmere label stands up for bully breeds

Designer cashmere label, Elle + Riley, has partnered with Bridge Bully Rescue in order to raise funds and awareness for the charity which supports bully dog breeds.

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Top 15 excuses for not shopping with a reusable bag

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  • July 3, 2018
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Recent research by Countdown suggests more than 80 percent of its customers support phasing out single-use plastic bags at checkout. There’s been broad support across many other retail categories for a move away from plastic bags, too, with New World, Pak'n Save, Four Square and Mitre 10 joining the fray and The Warehouse introducing compostable bags. But we’ve noticed a certain amount of griping from the other 20 percent of shoppers.

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Wish online, a site that holds a similar model to the popular AliExpress, is a cave of cheap, ever expansive wonders. Below you’ll find the top weirdest, loosely helpful items to benefit your business.

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