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The story behind Smith and Caughey's Christmas windows

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The story behind Smith and Caughey's Christmas windows

It’s the highlight of the festive season for many shoppers: the day when Auckland department store Smith and Caughey’s opens the curtains at the front of its store to reveal a tiny animated world that’s all about Christmas. Smith and Caughey’s special projects manager Kevin Broadfoot shares the effort that goes into creating it.

Sale squared

Kiwi high-end clearance ecommerce store Onceit works with more than 400 suppliers from New Zealand’s fashion, beauty and homewares industries to offload excess stock without brand damage. We had a chat with executive director Jay Goodey ahead of its once-yearly sale of sales.

No changing these spots

American womenswear retailer Kate Spade has collaborated with popular fashion blog Man Repeller to set up a two-day pop-up store selling only leopard-print items. It’s all there in the shop’s name: Leopard Leopard Leopard.

Retail realities

Retailers who care about their customers and have mastered the art of making money while doing so shouldn’t fear the increasing challenges of the industry, says retail strategist Juanita Neville-Te Rito of Retail X. She was the keynote speaker at Latitude Financial Services’ thought leadership series breakfast, ‘Transforming retail pioneers: From selling to seduction”.

Retail realities

Each year, the Retail Interiors Association celebrates excellence in retail design with its Red Awards. At the awards evening, those involved in retail interior design were asked to consider how they can provide better value for retailers who are under pressure in a hyper-competitive environment.

Work smarter, work harder

Everybody wants to talk about Amazon’s arrival into Australia. The online mega-retailer confirmed its launch into Australia in April, and has been preparing to send its operation live ever since. The million-dollar question is, will it cross the Tasman? And how will it affect Kiwi retailers?