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Store wars: a new hope for merger between Myer and David Jones?

Would a Myer-David Jones merger rescue the ailing department store giants, or is their model too antiquated to be saved?

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The new drone war: Amazon and the online retail battle

Drones delivering books? A TV stunt on 60 Minutes is all part of a fierce retail war in the United States on “Cyber Monday”. The future of retailing is very weird indeed.

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The surprise take away message for domestic online retailers

Instead of complaining about the GST, Australia’s retailers ought to look at who is doing well online here. And the answer might surprise them, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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The Iconic founder, Gerard Henderson respond

Crikey readers are cross with Crikey about the Fed, productivity and The Iconic.

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An Iconic loss: $45m down, online retailer spirals out of control

The Iconic is still being hailed as a revolutionary online retailer success story. But its books are in a bad way, with estimates of a $45 million hole the company may not get out of.

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Online apocalypse overstated: Myer’s doing just fine

The department store is embracing new business models, trialling new things and using the internet to its advantage. It seems to be working — profits and sales are up. Go figure.

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How the internet killed GDP as a reliable economic barometer

The shift from newspapers and physical retailers to the internet has dragged down GDP — but that isn’t a bad thing in itself. It’s the economic measure that may now be wrong.

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Click frenzy, profit wait for local retailers

Australia’s big retailers are trying to jump on the Click Frenzy bandwagon, while Target is still fighting to make a profit online. The numbers for many simply don’t add up.

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The bottom line: retail’s doing it tough worldwide

You name it, Australian retail is doing it tough at the moment.

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Death of the bookshop: what you pay for when you buy local

Many book lovers might choose to shop locally rather than on overseas websites if they had the chance to ponder some of the implications of their decisions, says editor-in-chief of Bookseller+Publisher magazine Matthia Dempsey.

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Kohler: Gillard’s incurable retail affliction

Relations between the federal government and business are as bad as they’ve been for 40 years, and it’s not just because of the proposed carbon tax.

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Can we extract some good from whingenomics?

Pandering to voters’ conviction they face big cost of living increases hasn’t worked so far. Maybe it’s time for a new approach.

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A year in book buying: tallying the receipts

Only a fool would believe the public will rush to spend two — three times as much for their product in order to sustain book stores just because they’re nice. writes fiction editor at Australian Book Review Chris Flynn.

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Crikey says: who killed REDgroup?

Everyone’s in a lather this morning over the collapse of REDgroup retail, the owner of Borders Australia and Angus & Robertson.

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Retailers and the loophole that wasn’t there

The retail lobby against the internet has successfully seeded the idea that there is a GST “loophole.” But no such loophole exists and and if they think it does, they’re in a lot of trouble.

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GST $1000 threshold: retailers’ share in more trouble than Harvey’s image

Online purchasing, whether it is from Australian or foreign websites, will transform retail in the coming decades, delivering lower prices, greater choice and, almost inevitably, fewer local retail jobs, writes Dr Richard Denniss, executive director of The Australia Institute.

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The South Australian Liberals are not in dire financial straits

Crikey readers have their say.

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The Times (UK) | COMPANIES|

Amazon’s secret plan to invade the real world

Online retailer Amazon is planning to open a real, meat-world store in England, where customers can order products online, then pick them up in-store, according to local landlords.

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CNET | BOOKS|

Bye-bye Borders: the Kindle finally comes to Australia

Amazon’s heavily-hyped e-reader, the Kindle, has finally released an international version and will be available in Australia this month. Why would you want one? Imagine buying, downloading and reading a new-release book, without getting out of bed. Exactly.

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New York Times | COMPANIES|

The rise and rise of Amazon.com

Online retailer Amazon.com has long been the go-to site for cheap books, but the company has now sprawled into just about every product and market imaginable — and smaller stores, both real and virtual, just can’t compete. But is it a win for consumers or a loss for the free market?

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Financial Times | ONLINE|

Publisher: e-readers will kill books

CEO of French publishing group Hachette Livre, Arnaud Nourry, says digital books could kill off the market for print editions, with retailers selling electronic titles at a loss to keep prices so low, hardback books can’t compete.

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Meet the Boss | COMPANIES|

Charting Amazon’s acquisitions

With news that online retail giant Amazon has bought out the slightly-less-giant online retailer Zappos for $920m, Meet the Boss have drawn up a handy chart tracking their ongoing global domination.

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Wired | COMPANIES|

What the auto industry can learn from the Apple Store

Here’s a novel idea: get rid of car yards, and only manufacture cars on demand. So crazy it just might work?

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#amazonfail: With book monopolies like these, no-one is safe

On Easter Sunday, weird things happened at uberbookseller Amazon, when the site suddenly reclassified certain titles as containing “adult” content.

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