Preview: Inside Retail Weekly 2117

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

Last week saw rampant media speculation bandied about on the ‘imminent’ entry of e-commerce giant Amazon into Australia. The announcement came via information provided through a ‘special briefing’ from an insider associated with the supposed launch, mooted for September next year to include both general merchandising and fresh goods. In our cover story this week we analyse the entry of the retail giant, speaking with an Amazon employee and NORA founder, Paul Greenberg, who both pour cold water on the hasty claims put forth on the speed and size of the US company’s entry into Australia.

In News this week, Gerry Harvey hits back at proxy advisors who have called for the electronics and furniture retailer to consolidate its franchisee network in an exclusive interview. A report released last week and circulated to Harvey Norman’s shareholders recommended a vote against the company’s financial accounts over concerns about the manner in which the company reports its dealings with its franchisee network.

Meanwhile we look ahead to Christmas, finding out why retailers are optimistic ahead of the crucial trading period, after speaking with Deloitte’s head of retail, David White, as the services firm releases their annual survey.

We also take a look at the entry into Australia by Spanish sunglass retailer, Hawkers, who has disrupted the sunglasses industry overseas by selling designer sunglasses at low prices – through social media platforms. The retailer’s recent launch adds to its presence in over 50 countries.

In From The Source, we chat with retail veteran John Hardy, the man at the helm of specialist vacuum retailer, Godfreys. Hardy has been in the game of retail for over 50 years, serving as CEO from 1983 to 2010 before moving on to executive roles at Barbeques Galore, Super Amart and Fusion Retail Brands. Now back at Godfreys, Hardy has been tasked with using his experience and global supplier networks to turn the business around after a period of downturn.

Jared Dickson’s Opinion piece this week, takes a look at the competitive fast food category, which is heating up as brands including McDonalds, Yum Restaurants Australia and Domino’s Pizza, all vie for a larger slice of the local market and look towards overseas markets for growth.

In Features, concerns about long-term sustainability have led some retailers to question the very definition of what it means to be a profitable business. Inside Retail looks at retailers using a social, sustainable approach to business, in making a positive impact on their bottom line.

You’ll find all of this, and much more, in Inside Retail Weekly Issue 2117.

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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