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Dean Blake

Dean Blake

Dean studied Journalism at the University of Wollongong in Australia, specialising in Science and Technology studies. He has previously written for Australian technology and pop-culture website OXCGN, interned at ABC Catalyst, and now writes full-time for Inside Retail Australia, the sister site to Inside Retail Asia.

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Harvey Norman executives take pay cut as crisis worsens

Harvey Norman has told shareholders the business will not pay an interim dividend and that its executive team and non-directors will forgo 20 per cent of their salaries and director’s fees for three months.

Kikki.K appoints voluntary administrators amid ‘perfect storm’

Melbourne-born stationery business kikki.K was placed into voluntary administration on Tuesday, putting 450 employees and 65 stores fates up in the air.

Emissions drop 30 per cent as Asos completes carbon strategy

Fashion marketplace ASOS has reduced carbon emissions per order by 30 per cent through the success of its Carbon 2020 strategy, which was launched in 2015 and finishes later this year.

Inter Ikea names new leader as long-term CEO steps down

Inter Ikea group chief executive Torbjörn Lööf announced on Tuesday he would step down from leading the furniture business after seven years at the helm and more than 30 years with the business.

Bose shutting stores across Australia, North America, Europe, Japan

Electronics retailer Bose is shutting down its 19 Australian retail stores over the next few months, with the intent to focus on its e-commerce offer in the region.

Jeanswest enters voluntary administration due to online pressure

The Australian business of Hong Kong-owned apparel retailer Jeanswest has entered voluntary administration, due to the difficult trading conditions facing the clothing retail market Down Under.

Cotton On launches in Vietnam

Australia’s Cotton On Group is launching three of its fashion and lifestyle brands into Vietnam, with the first Cotton On store already open in Ho Chi Minh City and Rubi and Typo to follow within the next month.

Australia’s Chemist Warehouse to open brick-and-mortar store in China

Australia’s Chemist Warehouse is opening its first brick-and-mortar store and launching on a new online marketplace in China.

Global revenue soars for JD Sports

UK sportswear business JD Sports saw revenue improve 47 per cent over the first half year to £2.72 billion, with global like for like sales growth of 12 per cent.

Apple unveils cheaper iPhones to combat declining phone sales

Apple this week unveiled a cheaper generation of smartphones after several consecutive quarters of declining iPhone sales.

Allbirds launches first store in New Zealand

Despite being started by New Zealand entrepreneur and former footballer Tim Brown, wool-based footwear brand Allbirds has only been available online its home country.

“We are just getting started”: Ikea commits to smart home products

Swedish furniture business Ikea has committed to invest further into smart home products, and has spun off the Ikea Home smart project team into a dedicated business unit within Ikea Sweden.  Ikea Home Smart was initially conceived in 2012 in order to integrate new, smart technologies into Ikea products, such as wireless charging, smart lighting, as well as smart speakers made in collaboration with Sonos.