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Victoria’s Secret faces tough times

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Why Amazon is not your biggest problem

May 17, 2018

The competitive world of retail has forged some of the greatest minds in business – warriors of commerce and hardnosed skeptics who can spot a ruse a mile away. Interestingly though, no one seems to have spotted a potentially mortal wound that has lingered unnoticed in many retail organisations for more than a decade.

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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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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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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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The elusive root of success

September 15, 2016

Many years ago I decided to undertake a small Artificial Intelligence project – a program to predict TattsLotto numbers.

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Strategy + Business

True leadership is not politically correct

August 17, 2016

Have you noticed that struggling retail businesses tend to change their senior executives frequently? Undoubtedly, every new appointment is made with the hope of finding a leader capable of turning the ship around.

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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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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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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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Strategy + Business

Numerical fata morgana

April 13, 2016

Many years ago an article was published in the UK lamenting the dismal state of primary education in Great Britain. The key premise of the article: half of the students had below average reading skills.

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