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  • Writer's pictureJuanita Neville-Te Rito

ICYMI AND WHAT WE ARE READING – May 2023


We make it easy for you to keep up to date with what's happening in the world of retail. Check out what we are reading this month and why.



 

Organised crime hitting the retail sector

Target ain’t exactly hurting is our point here — its average customer makes ~23 trips per year, spending ~$50 each time; sales topped $107B last year. Yet we grimaced when we learned about Target’s growing inventory loss problem.

Last fiscal year, the retailer saw $763m in “shrink”: loss of inventory, whether by accident or a deliberate act like shoplifting, fraud, or cargo theft. CEO Brian Cornell expects Target’s inventory losses to balloon beyond $1B this year. It’s not just Target — Walmart, Walgreens, and Home Depot also recently lamented theft increases.


 

Retail activity falls for another quarter

The latest data from Stat’s NZ highlights that the total volume of retail sales fell by 4.1% in the March quarter – the second consecutive quarter of subdued activity.


This drop has been attributed to decreased spending volumes on dining out and accommodation, alongside fewer sales of hardware and vehicle retailing goods.


 

The Warehouse Group Partners with RELEX for supply chain transformation

The Warehouse Group have partnered with tech solutions company, Relex to improve aspects of its forecasting, replenishment and stock allocations across its five core brands, stores and distribution centers to drive improved product availability and decreased inventory value.

 

Fast, cheap and out of control - inside Shein's sudden rise

Chinese company Shein has been appealing to budget-conscious Gen Zers with ultralow prices. During pandemic induced lock downs – Shein hauls were everywhere on tik tok. But what unacceptable costs are hiding behind its ultralow prices?



 

Temu - the internet's discount store

Online market place Temu recently launched in the UK, Australia and NZ. It’s the internet’s new discount store with bargain prices and downloads of its app have surpassed TikTok and Amazon. What’s all the fuss about?



 

What we are reading





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