For years, McIver has built her brand, Wholesale Baby, into one of the country’s major players in the highly lucrative market of “mum’s and bubs” products. In the process, McIver and her team have also been pivotal in the success of many well-known new products in this space – finding them and taking on the distribution role for mother and baby targeted startups.
Launched in July last year, San Francisco startup Shopseen offers small boutique owners, merchants and designers to sell and promote their products under one roof. Rather than using multiple tools to manage a retail business, on Shopseen, businesses can schedule social shares, print shipping labels, and email customers, all from a simple, intuitive interface.
A new player has emerged in the social commerce space, offering benefits to both ends of the retail chain – buyers and sellers – through its equitable business model.
Launched in June, a new smartphone app is getting retail bees buzzing to get their hands on the new marketing tool – with over 12,000 download to date. Buzzingaa offers retailers the opportunity to boost traffic, sales, turnover and profit by targeting customers through GPS-linked app alerts that direct them to special deals and discounts the minute they are within close proximity to a particular store.
No more printing vouchers, paying online or making reservations, because new app bigdeal brings it all to your fingertips! This all-women Aussie startup is going against the grain of other ‘deal’ providers by allowing users to redeem offers instantly from their smartphone.
BuyitRideit is an online platform dedicated to all things action sports. The site provides customers with great deals and expert advice, also allowing them to connect with retailers who are promoting their business, products and services on BuyitRideit’s rapidly growing marketplace.
Not long after its inception in May, 2005, Bondi Chai earned its reputation as Australia’s ‘gold standard’ chai latte. Steady growth and popularity over eight years affords them the opportunity today to expand into the retail space, selling their product range in supermarkets across Australia.
Just on Monday, social enterprise ThankYou announced Coles’ agreement to stock their product range which will help feed people living in poverty. The good news gets better, with Woolworths also on board with the cause.
If we know one thing, it’s that retail is doing it tough right now across the country, however the residents of startup hub PS1875 [Public School 1875] are looking to shake things up a little and show retailers a different way of doing things.
As fashion designers we are always interested in the changing world of retailers. It is important to always be on trend and keep up with advancements, technologies and ideas, but do these tactics push the boundaries, do these cost effective strategies go too far and what is the cost to the retailers and the consumers?
We are Sarina Zammit and Katya Baxter owners of Melbourne based fashion label Mina & Katusha. As your new monthly guest bloggers we would like to give you an idea of our personalities and some of the challenges and opportunities we continue to face while trying to realise our goals within the fashion industry. For this first entry we would like to give you an idea of who we are as people and where we are at as a business.