“Interesting Times” Ahead for Grocery Retailers

Posted on 17. Jun, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet “May you live in interesting times” is reputed to be the old Chinese curse. And times will certainly be interesting for grocery retailers as competition heats up and the economy continues to cool off over the next 12 months.In keeping with the Chinese theme, we may get a better idea of Coles strategy during [...]

From The Humble Trash Can to Something Truly Special

Posted on 17. Jun, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet I was fortunate recently to go on the Westfield World Retail Study Tour, visiting the US, UK and Europe. Besides snapping away with my camera like crazy (and getting thrown out of quite a few stores for doing so!), I heard dozens of presentations from leading retailers and retail luminaries. Out of the hundreds [...]

What’s In Store With Apple

Posted on 17. Jun, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet The first Apple Store in the Southern Hemisphere is set to open in Sydney at 5pm next Thursday June 19th, an event eagerly awaited by geeks around the world. “So what,” you might say, “you can already buy Apple gear in other retailers.” Very true, but the genius of retailing through The Apple Store [...]

Go Harvey Go

Posted on 17. Jun, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet Advertising award shows aren’t known for lauding praise on retailers. Yet at the most recent D&AD advertising awards in the United Kingdom, a retailer took out some of the major gongs. Granted, the retailer in question was Harvey Nichols, the upmarket Knightsbridge fashion lifestyle store (famous in the Absolutely Fabulous TV series as “Harvey [...]

Apple Opens – And It’s Bigger Than The Beatles

Posted on 17. Jun, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet The second largest Apple store in the world (after Regent Street in London), and the first in the Southern Hemisphere opened in Sydney at 5pm last night. It was a cross between a rock concert and an evangelical event – simply the biggest thing I’ve ever seen in retail. Queues stretched for three city [...]

The Lowdown on LAM

Posted on 17. Jun, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet In a previous life, my agency was involved with Westfield’s “Shop for your School”- a competition where every dollar a consumer spent at Westfield was translated into points which went towards a nominated local school. The school with the most points won a suite of shiny new computers. There was a television and radio [...]

Jumping In The Internet Deep End

Posted on 17. Jun, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet While Australian retailers continue to puddle around the edges of the internet, at best putting a tentative toe in the water, international players are jumping in the deep end. Leading examples of traditional retailers ringing up big sales online include John Lewis in the UK (www.johnlewis.com) and Nordstrom in the U.S. (www.nordstrom.com) but really, [...]

Impressions of LA

Impressions of LA

Posted on 16. Jun, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet “LA is a great big freeway…” This is coming to you from the back of a bus traveling along an LA Freeway on our way to the airport, so apologies for the stream of consciousness. Day 1: Rodeo Drive, The Grove, Robertson Boulevard Another beautiful day in Southern California. After a long flight, the [...]

Impressions of Seattle

Impressions of Seattle

Posted on 16. Jun, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet “The bluest skies you’ve ever seen are in Seattle…” Sunday May 4th We woke for our first day in Seattle to a beautiful sunny day, apparently a very rare occurrence! 20 years ago Seattle was seen as something of a backwater, but a couple of fledgling companies (Microsoft and Starbucks) have changed all that [...]

Impressions of Chicago

Impressions of Chicago

Posted on 16. Jun, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet “Chicago is my kind of town…” Chicago in spring is a beautiful place to be. The city takes an enormous amount of pride in presenting itself at its absolute best. So the planter boxes on North Michigan Avenue are filled with tulips, creating a colourful backdrop to the stores on what’s known as the [...]

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