Preview: Inside Retail Weekly 2115

IRWA sneak peek at what’s featured in tomorrow’s issue of Inside Retail Weekly….

In our cover story this week, Inside Retail looks at the current state of affairs for ailing childrenswear retailer, Pumpkin Patch. The iconic Kiwi brand has struggled in recent times at differentiating itself from both the threat of direct competitors and international fast fashion chains who have expanded their childrenswear offerings. Pumpkin Patch’s shares are in a trading halt at present and the company remains “significantly over-leveraged and capital constrained.”

In News this week, we examine the decision taken by Winning Group to relaunch its seconds business, with the rebranded Home Clearance poised to fuel further growth after expanding into more large format categories. We also look at the current state of play for all states in Australia, with NSW and VIC topping the retail spending charts and Queensland showing positive signs, according to the latest Commsec report.

In From The Source, we chat with Nick Baker who has been steering the ship at Red Balloon as CEO since March 2015. Baker has seen the experience retailing category evolve over the last 15 years from a transactional platform into more of a marketplace.

Our Opinion column looks at niche retailer, Godfreys attempts to ‘clean up its act.’ The vacuum retailer has bet its future on a return to a franchise model and offloading up to 60 corporate stores as its sales and profits dip.

In Features we look at the rise in counterfeit goods on e-commerce platforms, in the face of concerns by retailers about what’s being done to regulate the issue. The formulation of a new lobby group by the Australian Retailers Association and various industry bodies to combat the issue, is demonstrative of the increasing concern by the industry over the prevalence of the issue.

We also look how retailers are increasingly exploring beacon technology as a low-cost option to improve customer experiences instore.

You’ll find all of this, and much more, in Inside Retail Weekly Issue 2115.

Inside Retail Weekly is the premium product in the broad stable of Inside Retail publications. It is published weekly, 48 times a year, and offers in-depth analysis of key retail industry news, hard-hitting opinion pieces, feature stories, and much more. 

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