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The economy is… wait, it’s actually looking good for once!

The prophets of gloom and doom suggest that the economy will struggle without a high-flying mining sector. But the fact is that the economy is constantly evolving and responding to change. One huge change in the operation of the economy is the trend for consumers and businesses to purchase goods online, requiring the goods to be stored and distributed to end purchasers.

What if shopping in real life was like shopping online? [VIDEO]

It should be a great experience, right? Wrong. There is really only one store that I can think of that makes shopping online easy, too easy....

All I want for Christmas is… fast delivery and free returns

Business information analysts IBISWorld reveal that overall Christmas spending will rise by 3.9% this year, and that at the height of the silly season, the average Aussie will spend around $1,600. This will bring the total to a whopping $28.5 billion – with IBISWorld General Manager (Australia), Ms Karen Dobie, expecting most of that growth to come from online sales.

Retail 2.0: Why not create online shopping portals in retail outlets?

Online shopping is an easy whipping boy for frustrated bricks and mortar retailers experiencing a slump in demand. But why does there need to be this demarcation between online and traditional retailers? Surely bricks and mortar retailers have an online presence too, right? Sorry, wrong!

Daniel Feiler explains why Australian online shopping is taking off

In this podcast, Daniel Feiler, head of corporate communications for eBay Asia Pacific, talks with Leon and Garry about what's driving the fast growth of online shopping in Australia, how retailers can leverage the Internet to get into the game, and how eBay's bar code-scanning app is gaining popularity with consumers.

Tony is more likely to shop online than Julia, according to Kogan’s numbers

Australia’s self-appointed online retail antagonist Ruslan Kogan -- while possibly enjoying a slow day at the office -- has crunched his online traffic numbers to reveal that the most popular names of 2010 online shoppers on the Kogan site were John, Peter, David, Michael and Paul (in addition to some information that you might actually one day use, on how and why Australians shop online).

Ruslan Kogan: “Other retailers are… asking the government for new taxes” [LivePrice Demo]

Retail upstart Kogan is determined to lure Australian shoppers online with discounts on products that are but a twinkle in the manufacturer’s eye. Kogan’s latest innovation, LivePrice, allows consumers to purchase pre-production goods at "up to 50% off the retail price". The further along the retail chain the product is, the smaller the discount.

Australian retail websites lack sizzle, lose customers to more polished overseas sites

Frustrated Australian consumers are voting with their mice, with huge numbers choosing to spend their hard-earned cash on overseas retail websites that give them a far more enjoyable shopping experience. Last year, 43 percent of Australia's total online spend went overseas. No wonder brands based in the UK and US dominate the top 10 retail sites visited by Australian shoppers.

OzBargain.com.au

Everyone loves a good bargain. But for all the immediacy in today’s world, it seems harder than ever to find one amid the never-to-be-repeated...

HEMA – More than greets the eye

We recently stumbled on an acute example of just how appealing (and viral) a creatively designed shopping website can be. Dutch Company HEMA presents what at first glance appears to be a conventional ‘shop window’ product catalogue. But wait a few second and watch the magic kick in.

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How to build a retail empire with James Webber [FREE REPORT]

Starting any new business is hard, but starting an online retail business is particularly hard. You see, this is one industry that combines technology, logistics and, of course, marketing – it’s a juggling act. To help us crack this hard nut, we sought the wisdom James Webber, CEO at Bookworld.

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How Master the Art of Sales Even if it Makes You...

The art of selling is a social minefield. Have you ever been on the wrong end of a ham-fisted, awkward or just plain obnoxious sales conversation? Of course you have! Why is it that some sales conversations magically delight, while others make us want to manically bolt for the door? This Phil Anderson FREE CHEAT SHEET will help you to master the art of sales!

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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