New Zealand retailers are up against some big players, but there's hope for the little guys yet.
It’s no longer frowned-upon for customers to photograph items in many stores. In fact, how should retailers encourage it?
Retail spending growth has cooled over the past year, with the slowdown in the housing market a key drag. Looking ahead, increases in government spending will help support demand. Nevertheless, spending growth is likely to remain slower than in previous years.
Secondhand bookshop The Open Book in Ponsonby is in the process of being restored to commercial success by a group of new co-owners who all happen to be economists.We're sharing some vintage stories from its journey so far. Hayden Glass considers the lure of novelty.
There I was, lying under the Tuscan sun and quite happily forgetting all responsibilities as I looked out to the Mediterranean Sea. My tranquil moment was quickly destroyed by a shouted phrase I had heard over 50 times on this trip; “Ma’am! For sale, One Euro!”.