A novel idea from Coles

Coles is one of the two national supermarkets in Australia. Last week, their Christmas catalogue arrived at our door, this normally goes straight in the bin, but this one caught my eye. Instead of the boring list of products and prices, the brochure contained recipes with a checklist of what you needed to purchase. I […]

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Hero Worship

By John Stanley We all need hero’s in our life, for me I would include Nelson Mandela and Al Gore in my list, but we would all select different people to put on personal list. The real challenge is that in your local community are you on the list of your consumers and neighbours. I

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Text ads to shopping carts

Check this out! A new form of in-store marketing lets advertisers place their messages right between shoppers’ hands, on shopping cart handles that have been modified by Modstream. Messages are wirelessly streamed to a small screen in a hard plastic case that replaces the standard shopping cart handle. Advertisers and retailers log on to

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Christmas dear

We all realise that Christmas is the busiest time of year for retailers, it was therefore interesting Phil Ruthven’s article in the latest edition of the Qantas Magazine that highlighted how the Australian consumer was the big spender. Australians spend more in December than in any other month of the year, but we do keep

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Sculpture in the Gardens

This article I spotted in this months edition of Commercial Horticultre. A new and already popular attraction at the Auckland Botanic Gardens in the Stoneleigh Sculpture Trail, an exhibition of 27 sculptures form many of New Zealand’s top artists. Opening the sculpture trail on Saturday 3 November, the Prime Minister Helen Clark said, “The role

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Green Design

Marks & Spencer have recently announced a major new environmental sustainability strategy designed to transform every part of the business and establish it as the UK’s leading “green retailer”. This five year plan, entitled ‘Plan A’ (there is no plan B) pledges A$452 million to become fully carbon neutral, ensure no waste goes to landfill,

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Independent Retailers – Challenges and Opportunities

By John Stanley Independent retailers had a “heyday” during the 1970’s and 1980’s, then “box stores” saw the opportunity to make a commodity offer and as a result gained market share with the result that independent retailers that did not know how to compete, disappeared from the marketplace. We are now in a new era.

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