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Robert Stockdill

Robert Stockdill is Head of News and Asian correspondent for Octomedia's B2B titles Inside Retail, Internet Retailing and Inside FMCG. Based in Asia, he has 25+ years experience writing and commentating on retail and FMCG industry issues.

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Booktopia boardroom spill clears the way for new CEO, says founder

“The company will now undertake a search for new non-executive directors, one of which will be appointed chairman,” said...

Coles Group to sell convenience store business to fuel partner Viva Energy

CEO Steven Cain said the deal will allow the company to focus on its growing omnichannel supermarket and liquor business...

Cash-strapped small retailers set to get help reaching net-zero goals

Retailers will soon be able to draw on external help to reach net-zero emissions thanks to a partnership between the ARA...

Boohoo co-founder takes stake in Australian e-commerce company MySale

Mahmud Kamani, the co-founder of Boohoo, has bought a chunk of Australian e-commerce business MySale.

Price, not volume, driving Australian retail sales growth

Deloitte warns of a looming "turning point" with supermarkets among the worst to be impacted.

NRA in ‘upheaval’ after CEO quits amid vaping furore

The future leadership of the National Retailers Association is unclear after CEO Dominique Lamb resigned suddenly.

How Kiwi book retailers are sustaining the rise and rise of te reo Māori

“The peak has not happened and the appetite for Māori language titles is not yet satiated."

The scent of success: How Kiwi brand Ashley & Co is going global

“Going back 17 years, direct-to-consumer websites kind of didn't exist – so it was literally all about knocking on peopl...

Surging travel demand restores profit for Flight Centre in fourth quarter

“Whether travelling for business or leisure – people are out exploring the world again.”

Booming e-commerce bolsters Woolworths top line in ‘challenging’ year

The core retail business improved sales by 4.3 per cent, driven by a 33.6 per cent boost online.

Endeavour Group results belie huge achievement in overcoming Covid impact

Figures for the first seven weeks of the new trading year show hotel and retail trends consistent with a return to "norm...

More shoppers, higher rents boost Scentre Group bottom line

Scentre Group says increased shopping centre visitation, occupancy and rents all underpinned a 17.5 per cent boost in pr...

‘We were wrong’ says Kogan founder, promising FY23 bounceback

Ruslan Kogan says e-commerce is starting to normalise, hinting at better prospects during the FY23 year ahead.

Coco Republic to open California flagship stores, hints at global plans

The news coincides with the appointment of two key executives in the US.

Retail appointments of the week

Woolies’ exec Claire Peters leaves for Amazon; JB Hi-Fi NZ welcomes new MD; Coles CMO Lisa Ronson resigns.

Woolworths MD of B2B & Everyday Needs Claire Peters resigns

Peters joined Woolworths as MD of supermarkets in 2017, before taking on her current role in 2020.

McDonald’s faces ‘mega’ $250 million backpay claim in Federal Court

Union alleges more than 250,000 current and former staff have been systematically denied 10-minute rest breaks.

Adore Beauty CEO Tennealle O’Shannessy resigns to take up new role

Chair Marina Go paid tribute to the the outgoing CEO’s “outstanding leadership and contribution during a particularly ch...

South Australia set to extend Sunday retail trading hours

ARA CEO Paul Zahra described the proposed changes as “a small but significant step” in modernising South Australia’s out...

Amazon Australia offers ‘One-Day’ free delivery – with many catches

Amazon Australia is promising its Prime members free next-day delivery in “most areas of” Melbourne and Sydney.