Look out, Jeff Bezos

  • News
  • December 11, 2018
  • Sarah Dunn
Look out, Jeff Bezos

At the NZ Retail office, we get a lot of press releases from retail start-ups. We’re not Shark Tank, but we do assess them for relevancy and merit before publishing stories about those we like.

Some of these start-ups are quite predictable. For example, it’s hard to imagine that any shopper could have a need that the crowded natural skincare and activewear categories aren’t already servicing, but there’s still people out there claiming their rather unoriginal businesses were inspired by a lack of options in the market.

Others, like Moustache’s edible cookie dough and packaging-free grocery start-up GoodFor, are wonderful ideas that we immediately admired.

My team also enjoys coming up with start-up concepts. Since the majority of our mental energy goes into NZ Retail and The Register, these ideas are of dubious merit, but we’re pretty sure at least one of them is the next Amazon.

No Seam Stress: A service which pays people to hygienically wear in new clothing on behalf of the purchaser. Shoppers will be matched with an individual that’s ever so slightly larger than them, and then this person will stretch out tight jeans, soften scratchy linen shirts, and tame sandals that rub or boots that squeak before passing them back to the original owners in perfectly comfortable condition.

Uber, But For Horses: Sends a horse to your location. Multi-purpose.

Knick Knack Fanny Pack: Sells fanny packs with the essentials for a night out partying and possible walk of shame home in the morning. Basically, we’re hitting up the travel-sized personal care shelf at the service station and putting one of everything in a fanny pack together with some Dirty Dogs.

Zip It, Sweetie: Makes ethically-manufactured zips, and campaigns to eradicate poorly-functioning zips on clothing. Deputy leader of the National Party Paula Bennett will be approached as celebrity spokesperson.

Heels to wheels: While walking everywhere in painful stilettos at New Zealand Fashion Week, we thought, “There must be a better way.” And then we put on some sneakers. But seriously, what if you could flick a button on the side of your heels that would transform them into the coolest rollerblades in town? The heels could tuck in like an aeroplane’s landing gear. It’d be brilliant.

The Rage Gym: For people who only feel like working out when they’ve got a lot of emotional energy to get rid of. Co-located with its sister business, The Breakup Bar.

The Breakup Bar: A bar geared at supporting the emotional needs of people who’ve just left a relationship. Amenities include bar staff who are also trained counsellors, a smash zone full of breakable items, and a soundproofed scream room for crying and other loud noises.

​ ​

This is a community discussion forum. Comment is free but please respect our rules:

  1. Don’t be abusive or use sweary type words
  2. Don’t break the law: libel, slander and defamatory comments are forbidden
  3. Don’t resort to name-calling, mean-spiritedness, or slagging off
  4. Don’t pretend to be someone else.

If we find you doing these things, your comments will be edited without recourse and you may be asked to go away and reconsider your actions.
We respect the right to free speech and anonymous comments. Don’t abuse the privilege.


A challenger appears: Homegrown furniture giant Nido to compete with Ikea

  • News
  • January 21, 2019
  • The Register team
A challenger appears: Homegrown furniture giant Nido to compete with Ikea

Within a few weeks of confirmation that Ikea will come to New Zealand comes the announcement that New Zealand’s largest-ever retailer is set to open in Auckland. This new mega-retailer is nothing to do with Ikea, however: it’s a homegrown furniture and homewares concept store called Nido.

Read more

Getting drastic about plastic

Government plans to phase out single-use plastic bags have been heartily embraced by leaders in the grocery sector, but there are plenty of other ways ...


H&M extends footprint into Auckland

  • News
  • January 17, 2019
H&M extends footprint into Auckland

H&M has continued to strengthen its portfolio of stores in New Zealand. The Swedish fashion chain is now brining a third store to the Auckland region, to be located in Botany Town Centre.

Read more

Social scoreboard

Zavy and The Register have worked together to create a scoreboard that compares how the top 25 traditional media advertising spenders in New Zealand have performed on social media over the past 30 days, updated in real time.

Concept to closet
Business coverage of New Zealand Fashion Week.
Town centres
A positive retail environment over the past 12 ...
Amazon Arrival
Keeping up with all things Amazon as it ...
The Retail Yearbook 2017
As we battle our way through the busiest ...
Hospitality enhancing retail
Some think food and integrated hospitality offerings will ...
The future is bright
We spoke with four retailers in their twenties ...
Spotlight on signage
At first glance, the humble in-store sign might ...
Red Awards 2016
The Red Awards for retail interior design celebrate ...
Auckland Unitary Plan
Auckland is changing. The Unitary Plan will decide ...
How to open a store
Sarah Dunn considers what it would take to ...
All things to all people
Kiwi retailers share their omnichannel strategies.
Rising stars
Retail's top young achievers.
Delivering on your promises
The sale isn't over until your item is ...
Retail in heartland New Zealand
Retailers keep the regions pumping, but how strong ...
Women in retail help one another. We spoke ...
The changing face of retail
Shifting demographics are creating big changes in New ...
The retail yearbook
With the help of experts in the retail ...
Retail rogues
We put the spotlight on staff training. Jai ...
Here come the giants
Topshop has arrived in Auckland’s CBD, David Jones ...
Window shopping: A spotlight on social media
Sarah Dunn and Elly Strang look at how ...
From retail to e-tail
Ecommerce has become part of the way mainstream ...
Loyalty in the digital age
How are retailers maintaining loyalty? Sarah Dunn, Elly ...
The Innovators | In partnership with Spark Business
Technology is rapidly changing the retail industry as ...
Sponsored content

Why unified commerce changes everything

eStar chief technology officer, Matt Neale discusses why true unified commerce changes everything


Jack Ma to step down from Alibaba position

  • Who's Where
  • January 15, 2019
Jack Ma to step down from Alibaba position

Jack Ma, executive chairman of shopping platform Alibaba has announced plans to step down September of this year.

Read more

Bottoms up: Absolut Vodka takes a stance on sustainability

  • News
  • January 14, 2019
  • Courtney Devereux
Bottoms up: Absolut Vodka takes a stance on sustainability

A new responsible cocktail era is on the cards as Absolut Vodka introduces its new sustainability focused campaign, The Green Hustle.

Read more
Next page
Results for
About us.

The Register provides essential industry news and intelligence, updated daily. And the digital newsletter delivers the latest news to your inbox twice a week — for free!

©2009–2015 Tangible Media. All rights reserved.
Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy policy.

The Register

Content marketing/advertising? Email or call 022 639 3004

View Media Kit