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Perspective
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May-18
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Mixed reaction to Nordstrom’s results

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Perspective + Technology

Artificial, yes. But, Intelligence?

March 22, 2018

Having attended a number of retail conferences in recent months, we have observed growing chatter about AI, with some vendors and consultants claiming that it will completely transform the industry.

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Perspective + Digital

It’s time for Shop.org to rebrand

October 27, 2017

I just got back from the US, having visited Shop.org in Los Angeles and let me tell you: don’t be fooled by deceptive distinctions between different forms of commerce.  It’s all one experience in the eyes of the shopper. Let me explain.

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Perspective + Business

GST on online imports: time to act

May 12, 2017

On April 24 2017, Kathrin Bain, a lecturer at the School of Taxation and Business Law at UNSW, wrote an article with a critical stance on the government’s plan to apply GST on overseas online purchases commencing July 1 2017. Kathrin’s argument is that this would not “level the playing field” between local and international retailers anyway.

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Perspective + Business

Why retailers need two budget deficits

October 26, 2016

In his song Trouble Man, Marvin Gaye sings about taxes, death, and trouble. Today, the chorus of media commentators, politicians, economists and the Reserve Bank sing a similar tune – one about interest rates, sluggish economic growth, and the deficit.

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Perspective + Business

Coles relaunching BI-LO?

September 27, 2016

In August 2016, The Age published an article outlining yet another twist in Coles’ strategy.  The intention, this time, is to reduce the supermarket’s product range by 15%, to “drive the efficiency of the business to fund grocery price cuts and safeguard its market share.

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Perspective + Business

The forgotten people of the election

July 1, 2016

Despite the retail industry’s significant contribution to the Australian economy and its dire need for relief from misguided policy, it is constantly ignored by all sides of politics.

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Perspective + Technology

Retail IT: beyond insanity

June 23, 2016

Pressure can make people, and retailers, do strange things. Take for example Walmart in the US. This immensely successful retail giant was feeling some heat from competitors in the online side of the retail market last year.

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Perspective + Business

Dire fate of the independents

June 7, 2016

On 31 May 2016, The Australian Financial Review wrote about Aldi’s rapid expansion in Australia. Aldi is now the most profitable supermarket retailer in Australia, with EBIT at 6% against 4.6% reported by Coles, and 5.4 reported by Woolworths.

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Perspective + Business

Low interest rates & structural sclerosis

May 3, 2016

Most of us have an interest in interest rates, one way or the other. For example, the current record low rates, negative in some countries, mean that those with mortgages and other loans rejoice while those who live off their investments don’t fare as well.

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