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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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Woolworths brings its eStore tech to New Zealand’s South Island

The business’ Moorhouse store will be fitted out with units which will deliver items to the team’s personal shoppers, al...

Retail to halt as Brisbane enters three-day lockdown

Affected areas include the Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, Moreton and Brisbane council areas, according to the ABC.

Warehouse Group grows through lockdown, enjoys record first-half profit

The Warehouse, Noel Leeming, Warehouse Stationery and Torpedo7 all saw strong growth during the first half.

Rhodes Central launching July 2021, bringing Asia-inspired ‘Bamboo Lane’

A new 11,500 square-metre shopping centre will be also be launched, anchored by a three-level Woolworths.

“Lost” McPherson’s receives cash takeover offer

Currently, Gallin holds a 4.95 per cent interest in the business, but believes McPherson’s requires “urgent strategic an...

Woolies play at PFD “watershed moment” for retail, say industry groups

A number of groups say the acquisition would grant Woolworths too much power in the food sector.

Aldi celebrates 20 years in Australia

The supermarket chain has contributed a total of $30.2 billion into the Australian economy.

Coles aims for zero emissions by 2050 in new ‘Together to Zero’ strategy

The new strategy involves working together with suppliers toward zero emissions, zero waste and zero hunger.

Government passes IR reforms bill following “spiteful” amendments

Bill brings clarify around casual employment and removes "double dipping".

2021 likely to prove difficult for retailers: Deloitte

While the year ahead is shaping up to be one of recovery, retailers are very likely to face challenges in 2021.

Coles, Nestle to help drive soft plastics recycling in Australia

The pair will join a study to look at potential sites in Victoria for an advanced recycling facility.

Metcash grows into second half, bookmarks $375m for network, online growth

Metcash’s supermarket sales rose 14.4 per cent compared to the prior corresponding period, while total food sales rose 4...

Discount-chain Pharmacists among the lowest paid in industry: Report

Chemist Warehouse, Discount Drug Store and My Chemist paid their staff less when compared to community pharmacies, a new...

Plant-based meat sales jumped 46 per cent last year

The transition is primarily being driven by health concerns, according to a report by Food Frontier.

Woolies brings cashierless shopping to Western Australia

The Scan&Go concept has been part of the Woolies ecosystem since late 2018 when it was first trialed in Double Bay.

Lenard’s founder takes back control of chicken franchise, reimagines business model

The brand, which encompasses over 200 stores across Australia, will now allow new or current franchisees to join into a ...

February cashless retail sales suggest a return to normality: NAB

However, given the volatility seen in the retail industry in the last year, NAB’s chief economist Alan Oster said the re...

Woolworths unveils upgraded South Australia DC

The $57m upgrade features the networks largest solar installation.

Mondelēz taking a crack at crackers with Gourmet Food Holdings acquisition

The acquisition, announced on Wednesday, allows Mondelēz access to a whole new snacking occasion anchored in health and ...

Lion declares March 23 ‘National Local Day’

The move is expected to inject $500m into the hospitality sector.