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Heather McIlvaine

Heather McIlvaine is features and premium editor - retail at Inside Retail. In her nearly four years writing for Inside Retail, Heather has traveled to Shenzhen to cover the epic Chinese shopping event Single’s Day, doggedly reported the details of Amazon's launch in Australia, toured the biggest office supplies store in the world to understand the future of physical retail, dissected the 'Instagram aesthetic' with three brands that embody the look and followed the local fashion industry's pivot to making PPE during Covid-19. An LA-native who now lives in Melbourne (via Munich), she could happily survive on a diet of good tacos, coffee and beer and welcomes local recommendations for all three.

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Major earthquakes are rare in Australia, but Wednesday’s tremor reminded retailers of the importance of being prepared. ...

Meet the Aussie e-commerce aggregator that aims to be a unicorn in 18 months

The online marketplace boom has given rise to a new type of retail business, the e-commerce aggregator. And Una Brands i...

Citizen Wolf: ‘If you’re not making to order, you’re not sustainable’

Oversupply is a big problem in the fashion industry, and Citizen Wolf co-founder Zoltan Csaki has some strong views on h...

Aussie startup Gimme taps into on-demand delivery boom

Gimme's network of personal shoppers will go in-store to make a purchase and bring it to the customer's doorstep within ...

How Australian department store Myer plans to reach $1bn in online sales

Myer's online sales have more than doubled to over $500 million since 2018, and CEO John King believes they can double a...

Vaccine passports are coming to Australia. Here’s what 4 retailers think

Australia is set to become the latest country where people are required to provide proof of vaccination to enter shops, ...

Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung on the role of immigrants in fashion

The experience of being an immigrant can be a powerful creative force in fashion, but the industry still has a long way ...

Exclusive: Target Australia MD talks turnaround ahead of brand relaunch

Richard Pearson is just the latest person to attempt a turnaround at the perpetually underperforming retailer. Here's wh...

Joseph Altuzarra: ‘The definition of luxury has changed’

The acclaimed designer talks about the key ways the fashion industry has changed since he started his luxury womenswear ...

VIDEO: Meet the startup helping people ditch single-use sanitary pads

LastObject has a mission to eliminate single-use products by making even better reusable alternatives. In this video we ...