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Five essentials for taking your business online

In this day and age every business needs a website. Here are some things to keep in mind so that your journey into the online sphere isn’t a flop. by Broede Carmody

As the UK’s high street suffers, online retail entrepreneurs emerge

While high street shops in the UK are on the wane, small online players continue to emerge. by Kevin Moore

Furniture chain collapses into administration after family liquidates a string of companies

D.I.M Furniture went into administration this week, the latest in a string of companies to be liquidated by Melbourne's Dimarelos family. by Cara Waters

Diary of an Entrepreneur: Melanie Gleeson’s Endota Spa success story

High school friends Melanie Gleeson and Belinda Fraser started Endota Spa in 2000. Now there are 88 Endota spas around Australia and the business turns over more than $40 million a year. by Cara Waters

Richard Flanagan’s Booker win to give local bookshops a much-needed boost

Booksellers in Australia are celebrating this morning with the news that Tasmanian-born author Richard Flanagan has won the 2014 Man Booker Prize. by Eloise Keating

Ride2Work day signals upswing in bike retail and repair industry

Cycling retailers are preparing for a sales increase over summer, kicking off with tomorrow’s Ride2Work day. by Cara Waters

How a tiny city became one of the world’s biggest shopping destinations

A lot of planning and investment has gone into making Dubai one of the top shopping destinations in the world. by Kevin Moore

Productivity Commission retail scorecard: Costs of doing business in Australia exceed costs in UK and US

Australian retailers face unnecessarily high costs due to government red tape, according to a Productivity Commission study released today. by Eloise Keating

Diary of an Entrepreneur: How Trudi Jenkins found fashionable success with Hard to Find

Former magazine editor Trudi Jenkins founded online retailer Hard to Find with one of her best friends. by Cara Waters

Small businesses forced to offer free shipping

Consumers are demanding free shipping when purchasing online, but is it feasible for your business? by Nina Hendy

Police charge former head of retail traders group with 16 counts of fraud

A former MP and head of a collapsed Queensland retail body has been charged with 16 counts of fraud. by Eloise Keating

The consultant that couldn’t say no

Many hold the view that business models and brands should try to live on forever. However, there comes a point when you effort and capital would be better spent closing a moribund business and starting over. by Brian Walker

Online sporting apparel retailers winning the race: Report

Online sporting apparel retailers are giving bricks-and-mortar stores a run for their money, with the online sector shown to have grown rapidly over the past five years. by Broede Carmody

Worldliness and multiskilling: Lessons in leadership from Myer’s Bernie Brookes

Bernie Brookes hardly needs an introduction. The 54-year-old is chief executive and managing director of Myer and the man tasked with reinventing the 100-year-old retail business. by Eloise Keating

VIDEO: Is going to a trade fair worth it?

The 2014 Melbourne Home & Giving Fair was held in August and SmartCompany was on hand to speak with three SMEs to find out why they participate in trade shows and if the benefits outweigh the costs. by Kirsten Robb and Eloise Keating

Rich Lister Brett Blundy prepares to float Lovisa jewellery chain

Australian investors could have an opportunity to purchase a stake in jewellery and accessories retail chain Lovisa by the end of the year if plans for an initial public offering come to fruition. by Eloise Keating

Five unconventional marketing ideas that really work: 2014 Smart50

From April Fools’ Day gags to sponsoring the “Steve Irwin of fitness”, here are five marketing ideas which deliver from this year’s Smart50 finalists. by Cara Waters

Singapore takes a gamble and wins big in global retail and tourism

Singaporeans are open-minded and very committed shoppers. They understand the need to trade as openly and easily with as many countries as possible. by Kevin Moore

Effects test “on hold” in competition review; Oroton bags a 16% jump in profit: Midday Roundup

An effects test will not feature in the draft recommendations of the federal government’s “root and branch” competition review, according to a Fairfax report this morning. by Kirsten Robb and Eloise Keating

Wendys says it’s committed to its franchisees as Victorian stores advertised for as little as $59,000

A number of Wendys Victorian franchisees have been listed for sale on online marketplaces over recent weeks, just days after Singapore-based Global Yellow Pages subsidiary Global Food Retail Group agreed to purchase the franchise network. by Andrew Sadauskas
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