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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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Domino’s seeks to grow its slice of QSR following bumper year

In the group’s ANZ business, improved margins grew local EBIT 14.1 per cent to $116.8 million.

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SafeWork to ensure Sydney supermarkets comply with public health orders

Inspectors will be focusing on outlets within major shopping centres, while also checking that business that shouldn’t b...

Government leaves business open to legal challenge on vaccine mandate

“We have a broad principle, [which is] that the vaccine is voluntary, not mandatory,” Frydenberg said.

$24m investment into recycling to help retailers hit sustainability targets

ARA boss Paul Zahra said the scheme will provide retailers with more options to recycle, and will go a long way to help ...

Eftpos, BPAY and NPP merger tries to quell retail industry fears

ACCC wants feedback on the potential merger's proposal to win over skeptics.

Snap lockdowns weighing on ‘battle-weary’ retailers, public

Retailers are urging customers to get vaccinated and follow health advice amid rising shopper aggression.

ASIC takes sanitiser brand to court for stating its product kills Covid-19

ASIC alleges the business hadn’t tested the product against Covid-19, and only tested it against a feline coronavirus su...

Royal jelly supplements misled public on origin of product, fined $377,000

Claims of "100% New Zealand" shot down as ComCom finds ingredients sourced from China.

NRA boss slams Queensland Govt for inadequate and contradictory advice

The state government said on Wednesday it recommended shoppers not shop online to reduce the amount of delivery workers ...

Coles confuses customers with new reusable plastic promotion

The business recently pledged to cut single-use plastic out of its giveaways and shelves.

AuMake ends FY21 down $7.8m, hopeful for new year

The transformation work is now finished and should lead to improved financial results in the future as the business gets...

API rejects “opportunistic” $687m Wesfarmers bid

API said Wesfarmers’ offer, which sat at a premium of 18.7 per cent of the three-month volume weighted average price, wa...

Chemist Warehouse invests $1.4 million into Fiji Kava

Fiji Kava will sell its products through Chemist Warehouse’s stores in Ireland, and will receive marketing support from ...

ACCC targets dairy firm for circumventing code of conduct

Dairy firm Lactalis Australia has been taken to Federal Court for alleged breaches of the Dairy Code of Conduct.

First shopping centre-based vaccination hub opens in Melbourne

Melbourne’s Bayside Shopping Centre expects to give easy access to Covid-19 vaccines for 500,000 local residents.

NSW declares emergency, recommends supermarket workers get vaccine priority

“There is no doubt that the numbers are not going in the direction we were hoping they would at this stage,” said state ...

SA trading restrictions prompt calls for “national consistency”

Australian Retailers Association chief executive Paul Zahra said the sudden closure of non-essential retail will be deva...

Retail groups call on customers to follow health orders, curb abuse

“We ask Australians to recognise and support the important work of these teams in keeping customers Covid-safe,” said AR...

Victoria enters five-day lockdown starting today

As of Friday, retailers not deemed essential will be unable to open their doors and can only operate via click and colle...