Category Archives: Retail Back

Confidence in crisis: Overcoming collateral damage after strawberry needle disaster

The Scurr family and their company Piñata Farms have invested substantial sums to develop some of Australia’s most advanced strawberry operations, including high-tech hydroponic substrate farming, new varieties and even metal detectors in the packhouse. But the latter was done to avoid stray rocks or jewellery, not needles like what has been seen with the … Read more

There are signs Australia’s biggest industry sector is slowing down

Activity levels across Australia’s services sector — the largest employer in the country — continued to slow in August, driven by weaker growth in sales, new orders and employment. The Australian Industry Group’s (Ai Group) Performance of Services Indicator (PSI) fell to 52.2 last month in seasonally adjusted terms, down 1.4 points on the level … Read more

“The Patagonia of the beauty industry”: Why Erika Geraerts left Frank Body to start beauty company Fluff

Two years ago Erika Geraerts, the co-founder of $20 million skincare company Frank Body, decided to depart the wildly successful business she’d built with her four other co-founders to create an entirely new category in the beauty industry. She wanted to fight back against the Instagram makeup trends of influencers with perfect skin touting products to … Read more

Schooling future customers

Come school holidays, every parent is looking for ways to get their kids out of the house. Enter small businesses hunting low-cost branding with an eye on the future generation of customers. School holiday programs are traditionally run by businesses in the educational or childminding space, but now a diverse range of companies are getting in … Read more

Music retailer Allans Billy Hyde collapses, with administrators blaming a “tough retail market”

Australian music retailer Allans Billy Hyde has entered voluntary administration after a string of recent store closures, with administrators Ferrier Hodgson blaming the closure on overall poor retail conditions. Both Allans Billy Hyde Pty Ltd and Gallin’s Musician Pro Shop Pty Ltd have entered administration, and the trading entities for Australian Music Group, which owns … Read more