Catch Group, owner and operator of Catch Of The Day, has acquired the Pumpkin Patch brand and intellectual property assets. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter The iconic New Zealand childrenswear retailer was forced to close all of its Australian and New Zealand stores after receivers failed to find


This week, Sears reported that it has “substantial doubt” about its ability to stay in business unless it can borrow more and tap cash from more of its assets. The retailer has been a bricks-and-mortar cautionary tale for so many years, you can be excused if you thought this was old news.

“If you don’t have an AI strategy you are going to die in the world that’s coming.” That’s the warning from eBay president and CEO Devin Wenig. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter Wenig, who was speaking during Shoptalk in Las Vegas yesterday, made it clear that when it

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The boss of Amazon’s ultra fast shipping service PrimeNow spends more time worrying about customer problems and how to solve them than what it costs to deliver products. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter “When I think about the time that I spend as the leader of this business,

Retailers are increasingly aware of the impact of IoT on customer engagement and competitive advantage yet, they are hesitant to invest in cutting edge technologies due to operational challenges and a lack of supporting infrastructure. That’s a key finding from a recent benchmark report from Retail Systems Research (RSR), underwritten

NRMA Business Insurance has entered into a pilot partnership with small business lender Prospa to offer customers a faster, simpler finance solution. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter Prospa is an online small business lender that raised $25 million earlier this year. It offers small business owners loans between

During the most recent Cyber Monday, PayPal saw more than 50 per cent  year-over-year growth in global mobile payment volume. That raises an interesting challenge for many small businesses, including the ability to keep track of their operations – invoices, payments, refunds, withdrawals, customer lists, balances – amidst a large spike

While personalisation remains the most popular place for innovation among US retailers, there is clear evidence that AI has started to gain traction. According to a new report from SailThru called the Digital Retail Innovation Report, “Although marketers have been able to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) for some time, adoption

Western retailers fail in China because they don’t listen to the local market, underestimate the level of price competition and consumer savviness. That’s the view of Don Zhao the founder of Azoya, a Shenzhen-based solutions provider which offers white label ecommerce infrastructure for retailers, like Amcal, enter China. Sign up

You’d imagine a bloke who had just trousered a quarter of a billion bucks would be in a passably good mood. But if that bloke’s name was Gerry Harvey, you’d be dead wrong. The billionaire boss of Harvey Norman marked the retailer’s record half-yearly profit of $257.29 million with an