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Why are Aussie retailers missing out on the global boom?

Why are Aussie retailers missing out on the global boom?

It's not looking good for the Australian retail sector as numbers slip back towards GFC levels of growth.

How Gen Y is shopping differently to their parents (and how it’s changing the economy)

How Gen Y is shopping differently to their parents (and how it’s changing the economy)

Thirty five years worth of retail turnover data shows that we now shop very differently to the era of Bob Hawke, big hair and shoulder pads.

Essential: for big retailers, price and service are a key problem

Essential: for big retailers, price and service are a key problem

New Essential Report data backs what we know about the changes in Australian retail, but with an interesting age-related twist.

Fashionable and aggressive: why Zara will test local retailers

Fashionable and aggressive: why Zara will test local retailers

World-famous fast-fashion chain Zara has finally opened the doors on its first Australian store in Sydney's Pitt Street Mall. Its aggressive pricing and business model will test local retailers, says Smart Company's James Thomson.

Rundle: the beginning of the end of bookshops

Rundle: the beginning of the end of bookshops

As REDgroup Retail, the owner of Angus & Robertson and Borders stores announced this week that it had gone into administration, Guy Rundle writes about the wider implications of the death of the bookshop.

A how-to guide for haggling in China

A how-to guide for haggling in China

No mere warning could have prepared me for the blood sport that is haggling in China, writes Nicole Eckersley. She offers her tips for not getting ripped off, like, it's cheaper if you don't speak the same language.

Add some vintage style to your wardrobe

Add some vintage style to your wardrobe

If you’ve got some time, op shops can be a treasure trove of goodies for the vintage clothes lover. They're not just the preserve of sweet old ladies and impoverished students, writes Elizabeth Redman.

Free shipping: how two words transformed e-commerce

Free shipping: how two words transformed e-commerce

Eliminating shipping costs levelled the playing field between online and brick and mortar companies this year. Advertising agencies will now need to play catch in order to capture the masses moving online.

Crap you don’t need: the most stupid products ever invented

Crap you don’t need: the most stupid products ever invented

A definitive HuffPo list of the 15 stupidest products available for sale. Which is the most inane? Tinkles the toilet cat that hides under your toilet seat ready to scare your guests? Or the phallic shaped boob separator?

Why the supermarket express lane isn’t always the fastest

Why the supermarket express lane isn’t always the fastest

It's called "express", everyone in it has eight items or fewer, yet every other line is powering ahead of you. Why? Dan Meyer explains, using the power of maths.