Australian retail outlook in 2017 and beyond!

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Australian retailers say that consumer buying preference will have the biggest impact on their business over the next 5 years. Because there’s always someone else there to pick up the customer whose preferences weren’t met.

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We know shorts. We love shorts. To us, pants are a necessary evil - built for the work week because your boss just doesn't get it. You see a Chubster in pants or cargo shorts and he looks like a fish out of water; a radical fish that's probably krumping on the beach, but nonetheless OUT OF WATER. But this exact passion for shorts is why Chubbies are so righteous. We have put painstaking effort into these shorts. We have engineered them for the toughest shorts critics - ourselves. And after years of development and fine tuning, we have finally emerged with a product that meets - nay, exceeds - our highest standards for shorts excellence.

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Gap is the Latest Retailer to Get Into Resale, Partners With thredUP

Article | February 24, 2020

Gap is the latest retailer to dip its toes into the secondhand apparel market, following the lead of Macy’s, Nordstrom and others, in a bid to stay relevant in an industry shaken by changing consumer tastes. The company announced last week that it has partnered with resale platform thredUP, which bills itself as the largest online consignment and thrift store. In select Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, and Janie and Jack stores, thredUP bags and labels will now be available for customers to mail in their clothes, in exchange for credits to use at Gap’s portfolio of stores. Macy’s, J.C. Penney and J.Crew’s Madewell brand have also partnered with thredUP in recent months.

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U.S. dairy farmers dump milk as pandemic upends food markets

Article | February 24, 2020

Despite strong demand for basic foods like dairy products amid the coronavirus pandemic, the milk supply chain has seen a host of disruptions that are preventing dairy farmers from getting their products to market. Mass closures of restaurants and schools have forced a sudden shift from those wholesale food-service markets to retail grocery stores, creating logistical and packaging nightmares for plants processing milk, butter and cheese. Trucking companies that haul dairy products are scrambling to get enough drivers as some who fear the virus have stopped working. And sales to major dairy export markets have dried up as the food-service sector largely shuts down globally.

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FLEXIBILITY THE ORDER OF THE DAY IN RESTAURANT POS

Article | February 24, 2020

In this previous blog, we set out how self-service kiosks represented a new vision for customer-centric POS in the hospitality trade, building on the work done by QSR pioneers such as McDonalds and Nando’s. Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for how the future of POS in the restaurant sector will evolve. Different operators with different priorities will want to get different things from point of sale, not least because customers will also have varying demands and expectations. The beauty of modern technology is that it can provide the agility to meet a diverse range of needs. POS systems are no longer all about having tills at fixed points on the premises, they can operate in many different ways at once. Digitisation has unshackled POS, allowing restaurateurs to focus on shaping the optimum customer experience, with choice and flexibility at its heart.

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How physical retail provides opportunities for consumer outreach

Article | February 24, 2020

As we come off another holiday season, it's worth taking a look at how the customer journey has changed, the role retail plays in the journey and what 2020 holds for innovative brands and retailers alike. Only a small minority of consumers these days are brand loyal according to a recent McKinsey report. Most consumers prefer to be in "shopping around" mode instead. Add to that the waning influence of TV advertising. Against this backdrop, it's clear that brand and retail marketers are challenged and need to change up their game. In a world in which TV advertising has lost much of its power, innovative retailers and brands have an opportunity to command consumers' attention through integrated marketing initiatives that include digital experiences and product sampling.

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Spotlight

Chubbies Shorts

We know shorts. We love shorts. To us, pants are a necessary evil - built for the work week because your boss just doesn't get it. You see a Chubster in pants or cargo shorts and he looks like a fish out of water; a radical fish that's probably krumping on the beach, but nonetheless OUT OF WATER. But this exact passion for shorts is why Chubbies are so righteous. We have put painstaking effort into these shorts. We have engineered them for the toughest shorts critics - ourselves. And after years of development and fine tuning, we have finally emerged with a product that meets - nay, exceeds - our highest standards for shorts excellence.

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