Social shopping is a concept that’s been tossed around a lot, but few have managed to master and market it successfully. Enter Curate, a website that allows people to ‘curate’ their shopping wish list by saving products from any online shop. They can also follow stores and people they know to see products others have saved.
Prime Minister John Key has said he plans to tighten GST rules around shopping overseas online, as currently, GST on online overseas items under $400 is generally not charged. Retailers such as Nick Paulsen, owner of Clash Boutique, are pleased the government is levelling the playing field and taking action on an issue that’s costing local businesses dearly.
A 24-year-old entrepreneur has created a website that connects not-so-fashion-savvy Kiwi guys to fashionistas who will help style them. The website, called Wear it Her Way, lets guys request clothing items they’re after, such as “shorts,” before girls pick the specific items from a selection of affiliated stores. The founder is seeking retailers’ opinions on what the website can do for them, as well as looking for clothing stores to partner with.
Web giant Google has opened its first bricks and mortar retail store in the UK to compete with its High St rival, Apple. The shop is located on London’s Tottenham Court Rd and will sell the company’s range of Android phones and tablets, Chromecast TV services and Chromebook laptops.
Experience the grocery store of the future: agency predicts the Apple Watch’s effect on supermarkets
The Apple Watch is one step closer to being released around the world in nine countries next month. Unfortunately New Zealand is not one of them, but it will hit our shores eventually and it will have an influence on how retailers do business.