Sunday 30 December 2012
Friday 28 December 2012
Retailers expect a small percentage increase over 2011 which would be in line with Christmas lead-up sales which were generally flat. The ARA and Roy Morgan Research predicted that sales in the period from Boxing Day through to mid-January would increase by just 1% over last year. In the US, retail sales for the two months leading up to Christmas increased by only 0.7%.
Credit card use showed a jump with NAB reporting a 30% increase over last year and nearly 4 million card transactions for the day.
Thursday 27 December 2012
Sunday 23 December 2012
1. Boost Juice partners with coffee chain Cibo Expresso.
2. ACCC likely to approve new casual licensing code for shopping centres.
3. Myer launches new loyalty app and digital gift cards.
4. Ibisworld predicts clothing will contract by 2.3% per year over 5 years.
5. Leading international fashion label, Ted Baker, will open its fourth Australian store in Adelaide next year.
6. Boost Juice is to try entering the Chinese market again after terminating an unsuccessful franchise arrangement in May this year.
7. McDonalds warned over spam email activity.
8. Cotton On fined $1m for selling unsafe children's nightdresses and pyjamas.
9. Billabong shares dive following renewed takeover activity.
10. Stationer, WHSmith, has opened its first dedicated children’s store at Melbourne Airport under new brand, Zoodle by WHSmith.
11. EFTPOS to offer special rewards to encourage card use in restaurants.
12. ARA and Roy Morgan Research predict 1% rise in post Boxing Day sales over last year.
13. ACCC blocks Carsales.com takeover of Trading Post business.
14. Gen Y (18-24 year olds) dominate online purchasing in Australia.
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Friday 21 December 2012
Where to start? Here are a few ideas –
Friday 14 December 2012
2. Mastercard research shows 98% of online customers prefer Australian suppliers.
3. ACCC launches new smartphone app to advise customers on their rights.
4. Latest ABS figures show household saving remains at record levels.
5. McDonalds report November sales growth positive after October decline.
6. Gucci owners buy majority share in major Chinese jewellery brand Qeelin.
7. Swedish fashion group H&M to introduce used clothing recycling instore.
8. UK online fashion store, Asos, says it is sending 4 jumbo jets of goods to Australia each week.
9. Booktopia declared most loved store in 2012 after 65,000 customer reviews.
10. Good Guys partner with PayPal in new customer payment options.
11. Lend Lease to carry out a $1 billion revamp of Sydney's convention and entertainment centre precinct including a retail component.
12. Eleven retail trade associations join to form Australian Retail Group.
13. Collins Booksellers open first hospital bookshop at RNS Hospital, Sydney.
14. UK based international fashion house, Asos, reports 30% sales growth year on year.
15. Kogan branches out with mobile phone service offer.
16. Westpac advise consumer confidence down 4% in December.
17. Dan Murphy’s introduce “Click & Collect” enabling online ordering and instore collection.
Traders who have products that are new, rare, and not readily available online are likely to excite their customers and keep them coming back. Don’t have any products in that category? Maybe that is your challenge for 2013.
Sunday 9 December 2012
10/12/2012 09:51:35 "Only thing missing is the horse and cart!!"
Saturday 8 December 2012
10/12/2012 11:42:00 Tour Operators "It is a well known fact these people only service those who pay
It would be good if we could run this type of service ourselves Bus drivers only direct people to those who pay them and have been doing so for many years. Tourists are taken in by these people all over the world I've only got one word for them Lowlife They also encourage their passengers to barter for ridiculous prices I've got no time for them at all they don't help the market just themselves." Jillian E shed
Friday 7 December 2012
On our Market Management looks there is only Bad Cop.
Whenever I have to say something or ask for something from the Office there is always the same person, always the same Bad Cop Mr. Ramie.
And guess, answer is always the same: "" Sorry Mate, we can't bend the Rules""
Please Jenny , give us another option.
As I can't make appointment trough the office, can I ask you trough Victraders.com? I did try 3 times already.
Or there is another option?
Thank you for your time.
Just Leather Products Pty Ltd
Mob.Ph: 0425 769 075" Mino JLP Melbourne
07/12/2012 20:05:11 GENERAL "The problem we have had and continue to have is their are to many inconsistencies with market policy and enforcement..traders have their say but their are not enough of them to voice their opinion as evidenced through the meetings which comprised mostly repeat traders who made up over 85% of attendance..At the moment many traders are whingeing about sales..why would they care about anything else.rightly so they are concerned bout their "backyard"..Their is simply no consistency..The market office are lost about what to do ,they have no power to enforce or put a plan into place, they are being played by the board and the council..and in turn we traders are being toyed around by all ...To many lies, chiefs and not enough action..What a pity..Sentiment around the market is beyond negative numbers..Very concerning..is their going to be anyone left who can afford to pay rent.."
Over coming days we will examine various aspects of the discussion in more detail and seek your comments on this website.
2. Reserve Bank reduces official interest rates by 0.25%
3. GPT Property Group (Melbourne Central, Highpoint) introduce smartphone app.
4. Fashion brand, Kenzo, to reinvent itself following poor profit performance.
5. Murdoch shuts down his iPad newspaper, The Daily, due to lack of readers.
6. Unemployment fell unexpectedly in November from 5.4% to 5.2%.
7. Dimmeys taken to court by Consumer Affairs over alleged hazardous or unsafe products.
8. November job advertisements the lowest since January 2010.
9. Ambassador Clothing collapses after 68 years in business.
10. Repco wins this year’s Retail Employer of the Year Award.
11. Westpac, Commonwealth and NAB reduce rates by 0.20%
On the left is a collection of storage boxes that have been placed in an empty stall in a prime trading area. Barely one aisle away is a near empty storage shed waiting to take the offending boxes.
07/12/2012 18:15:43 Storage boxes & parking "I agree with your observation about storage boxes being left in empty spaces during trading hours. Some people are just selfish. Boxes and vehicles should be stored within the confines of your stall or stored off site. Today we had to located a driver to move his car from a stall in C shed when his stall was in K shed. This was not an isolated instance - it happens most days. If you can't park your car/van/truck on your site - put it in the car park. If you can't store your boxes - put them in one of the sheds." Terry Lawn (Airllywood)
“Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents?”–Peg Bracken.
07/12/2012 18:35:14 Why I didn't bargain....... "Some answers to customers when they choose to ""negotiate""
Q Is that your best price?
A No - another $10 would be better
Q Couldn't I buy this in Bali for $20 less?
A Probably - go to Bali.
Q It says $50 on the ticket - is that the real price?
A No - I printed all these tickets just for fun." Lawny
Facebook have introduced a new feature called Custom Audiences.
Friday 30 November 2012
1. US consumers expected to spend $1.5 billion on Cyber Monday online sales.
3. Colorado Shoe brand re-introduced at Williams The Shoemen, Mathers, and Myer.
4. Clothing and footwear repairers expected to record above average sales growth 2012/2013.
5. Gerry Harvey warns that many retailers will collapse post Christmas.
6. Myer restricts “change of mind returns” to 30 days with receipt.
7. Billabong introduces in-store on-line shopping.
8. Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry reports small business confidence continues to decline.
9. Darrell Lea revival continues as Coles stock the brand across its network.
10. Greens parliamentarian pushes for more secure employment for casuals.
11. Esprit raised A$645m as it plans for the future in Asia.
12. Victoria’s Secret opens its 5th Australian store at Sydney’s Qantas domestic terminal.
13. Commonwealth Bank predicts Australians will spend an average of $475 on Christmas gifts.
14. Ikea introduce Klippbok, an app for iPad and desktop that allows customer interaction with product ideas.
15. Westfield to launch “Super Saturday” sale across its centres on December 1st.
16. Choice seeks Federal Parliamentary Enquiry into higher technology prices for Australians.
17. North America’s oldest company, Hudson Bay Trading, goes public
18. Allans, Billy Hyde bought by Australian Musical Imports with key stores to continue trading.
19. JB Hi-Fi to launch new Home stores with emphasis on whitegoods.
20. US’s largest online jeweller, Ice, launches Australian arm.
21. Jetset Travelworld reports slow leisure market tourism growth.
22. NAB reports Australian retailers share of online sales remains strong at 74%.