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03 February 2021


How retailers dealt with the COVID shakeup of order management and fulfilment


COVID sent online shopping through the roof. New Zealand consumers were ordering online at levels never seen before: according to NZ Post figures, online spending for the first half of 2020 was 30 percent higher than in the same period in 2019, and more than 170,000 adult New Zealanders shopped online for the first time […]

  February 4, 2021
  Alison Crosbie

Countdown launches new retail media business


Cartology New Zealand, Countdown’s new stand-alone retail media business, launched on Tuesday with a commitment to help local retail brands and suppliers be more relevant and engaging for some of the country’s most active customers. Led by General Manager Samantha Osborne, formerly Managing Director of Mindshare, Cartology aims to help Countdown’s new and existing suppliers […]

  February 3, 2021
  The Register team

The future of dispatch: micro-fulfilment centres


This week Countdown unveiled a micro-fulfilment centre in its Penrose e-store. The centre comprises of state-of-the-art automated storage units that hold up to 11,000 grocery products. This allows Countdown’s personal shoppers to access in-demand non-perishable goods without having to walk up and down different aisles. Perishables and fresh food like fruit, deli & bakery goods, […]

  February 4, 2021
  Hemma Vara

Hamilton smashes end of 2020 with record retail sales


New electronic card data has revealed that retails spends in Hamilton reached $182 million in the last three months of 2020. Despite Covid-19 putting the country into a recession, many of Hamilton’s retailers finished the year at an all time high. So much so, that last year demonstrated the strongest fourth quarter figures of the […]

  February 3, 2021
  Mollie Edwards
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