The top 10 most popular retail stories on SmartCompany in 2017


It’s been another bumper year for Australian retail.

For many global retail players, Australia is the place to be. From Alibaba to Amazon, we’ve seen some of the world’s largest retailers venture to our shores over the past 12 months.

And while a string of established local retail brands fell on hard times this year, there’s plenty of bring spots in the sector too; you only need to take a look at this year’s Smart50 finalists to see examples of innovative Australian retailers carving out their own audiences.

Read on to find out the most read retail stories on SmartCompany this year, plus some popular articles from our archives.

From 2017:

  1. Anzac Day 2017: A state-by-state guide to retail trading hours

  2. Victoria Station and Kate Hill collapse into voluntary administration, as 350 staff face uncertain times
  3. Coles and Woolworths gift card scams prompt warnings as fake text message offers increase

  4. Coles angers vegan community with change to blocks of dark chocolate : “What the hell were you thinking?”

  5. Kaufland confirms it’s coming to Australia: Is Lidl Australia next on the horizon?

  6. Meet TK Maxx, the global retailer arriving to put another “nail in the coffin” of Myer and David Jones

  7. Meet The Foschini Group, the South African retailer that just took a $302 million dive into Australian retail

  8. Japanese super store Miniso to take on Target and Kmart with plans to open as many as 250 stores in Australia

  9. What Appliances Online’s John Winning did when he realised a pricing error would cost him nearly $100,000 in sales

  10. Inside the Chinese ‘daigou’ shopping craze: How it’s affecting Australian companies

From the archives:

  1. Australia’s top 20 online retailers for 2015

  2. Top five retail trends to watch in 2017

  3. Kaufland eyes off Australia: Five things you need to know about the German hypermarket

  4. Kmart cops social media backlash after store layouts and self-service checkouts fail to impress shoppers

  5. David Jones, Myer hit by marketing scams: How to shut down scammers

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