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Dean Blake

Dean Blake is deputy news editor at Inside Retail. Reporting all things Australia and New Zealand, Dean has spent the last two years helping spearhead both online and print content for Inside Retail Weekly, Inside Retail Magazine, and the Top 50 People in E-commerce report. Now, as deputy news editor for APAC, he helps coordinate Inside Retail's broader news strategy across the APAC region while continuing to focus his efforts on his local markets. With the transformation of the retail industry becoming more and more rapid, and important, Dean is keen on seeing how the industry reinvents itself for the modern world and how it can become a force for good in a sometimes difficult and volatile world – remembering that retail isn't just a game of numbers, it's a game of people.

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Lindt exec talks why Australia is such a strong test market

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Exclusive: Woolworths’ head of delivery talks the rise of marketplaces

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Chocolate channels: Inside Lindt’s new in-store and online strategies

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After more than 70 years behind the counter, Vittoria is now ramping up its direct-to-consumer operation and broadening ...

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A quiet new brand, Ultra Beauty, is extending Chemist Warehouse's hold on health and beauty into the glitzy end of the s...

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Throughout a new 12-week program, Woolworths will bring refugees through the ins and outs of its tech departments with t...

Revealed: The emerging brands that should be on your radar

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How startup Good & Fugly plans to expand the fight on food waste nationwide

The business, which sells imperfect fruit and vegetables through a subscription box model, will launch in Melbourne and ...

Inside Penfolds’ ‘space-capsule’ pop-ups taking off across Southeast Asia

The ‘Terminal 1844’ pop-ups will feature wine tastings, dance performances, and interactive activities, and will be them...

Honey tastings and beekeepers: Step inside an immersive wellness lab

New Zealand-based honey specialists Comvita invites customers to discover the tastes, sounds and sights in the creation ...

Countdown’s new DC will tackle food waste in the supply chain

The new 11,000sqm DC will feature a refrigerated inbound tunnel, varied temperature-controlled zones, and ‘ripening room...

Uber Eats, Bundaberg Rum partner up on new ‘champagne’ drop

Only 1000 bottles of the special drink were bottled, and all of them will be given away for free.

Coles’ gender diversity push picks up Steam

The supermarket chain has partnered with not-for-profit Dream Big to help close the gender gap in the technology space, ...

Why the US baby formula shortage is deja vu for Aussie brands

Retailers across the United States are struggling to keep shelves full of baby formula, and Australian players are stepp...

“We were amateurs in e-commerce”: Why Vittoria is finally going DTC

In the next few months, the coffee behemoth will relaunch a more e-commerce-friendly website, allowing customers to orde...