Is Amazon’s blocking of US site a win for small business?

- June 1, 2018 2 MIN READ

Amazon’s announcement that it will block shipping to Australia from and redirect users to the Australian site instead, has angered the company’s millions of Australian users. But is it a win for local retailers? Amazon’s move to ban Australian consumers from accessing its US and UK sites is set to take effect on July… Read more »


What does Toys ‘R’ Us closure mean for local business?

- May 25, 2018 < 1 MIN READ

Toys ‘R’ Us Australia has gone into voluntary administration, following the collapse of the retail giant’s parent company in the United States in September 2017. It’s a blow for Australia’s retail, toy and gaming industry with 44 stores set to close and over 2700 jobs at stake. With the toy and game retail industry experiencing decline… Read more »


Cheaper prices and a love of tech drive retail spending

- February 7, 2018 2 MIN READ

The latest retail spending data is in and the verdict from Commsec and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Aussie’s love a bargain, enjoy a coffee and have a lust for the latest tech. In 2017 Australians spent over $311 billion on retail goods and activities such as food and clothing with spending at… Read more »


Last minute Christmas shopping to peak this weekend

- December 19, 2017 2 MIN READ

It’s not too late for small businesses to cash-in on Christmas with new analysis from NAB revealing Australians are a nation of last minute Christmas shoppers. If credit and debit card transactions from last year set a trend, then Saturday December 23 is set to be a day of bumper trading for Australian retailers. Aussie… Read more »


Why brand awareness is key for this surfing staple

- October 27, 2017 4 MIN READ

Sleepy conversations on the dawn run to the beach sparked the idea for Staple Season, an online one-stop shop for all your surf-related needs. Founded by buddies Will Bruce and Andrew Mackie, Staple Season operates on an ethos of “respect the environment, embrace life and work hard”. The duo’s passion for surfing has resulted in… Read more »

Business Basics

How to sell to the Chinese market

- June 24, 2017 3 MIN READ

In the big, fast-moving consumer goods company my wife works for, management devotes a lot of energy to their China strategy. Last year one of their products, a mosquito repellent for children, sold really well in China through Diagous (Chinese shopping agents). This year they produced more of the same product specifically for the Chinese market, and… Read more »


8 killer retail success tips

- March 13, 2017 3 MIN READ

Every small business wants to make each year better than the last, so here are some ways you can build from last year’s performance to keep upping the ante. Upgrade outdated technology Examine the technologies you have in your business and see if any of them could use an upgrade. If you find that your tools are… Read more »


Which industry has the worst retention rate?

- March 6, 2017 3 MIN READ

New data has been revealed from Deputy, a cloud-based staffing tool, from over 30,000 employees in almost 2,000 businesses, that uncovers the staffing issues faced by Australia’s small businesses. Industries surveyed included Hospitality, Retail, Healthcare and Construction/Marketing. Which industry loses the most staff? The construction industry has the flakiest employees (40% retained) Which industry retains the… Read more »