Amazon goes on hiring spree as it prepares for Australian launch
- Amazon is officially on a hiring spree, with more than 100 roles advertised in IT, marketing, sales and HR.
- To house its expanding workforce, Amazon has leased extra space at the Sydney office it opened last year; its staff now occupy five floors of the 47-storey tower at No. 2 Park St.
- Among the roles listed are those that explicitly reference Amazon Fresh, the company’s first official confirmation that the innovative supermarket offering’s Australian launch is imminent — with bricks-and-mortar grocery stores expected to be a part of a strategy, which will be unveiled next year.
JB Hi-Fi appoints non-executive director
- As of March 13 2017, JB Hi-Fi will welcome Mark Powell as a non-executive director.
- He has over 30 years of experience in retail, wholesale and logistics, having held senior positions with retailers such as Warehouse Group and Tesco.
How Alibaba plans to shake-up the retail landscape by opening an Australian headquarters
- Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group, has opened headquarters in Melbourne, led by Australian and New Zealand managing director, Maggie Zhou, who will be supported by a local team.
- Zhou and her team have been operational in Australia for nine months, introducing new brands to Alibaba’s platforms and supporting existing clients with the challenges of operating abroad.
- “A physical Alibaba headquarters is a key step in ensuring Australian businesses have the support and information they need to succeed in China and the rest of the world,” Zhou said.
Aldi plans to open 24 stores in four years
- Aldi has kicked off its four-year expansion plan with the company announcing 14 new stores in Western Australia and 10 more in South Australia.
- This will bring the store footprint to 33 in Western Australia and 28 in South Australia.
- Western Australia will see up to 70 stores developed across the state, with 1,200 new permanent jobs to be created state-wide over the coming years. South Australia will see in excess of 50 stores developed across the state, with up to 900 new permanent jobs to be created state-wide.
Kathmandu says first half profit rises
- Adventure gear retailer, Kathmandu Holdings, said first-half profit was slightly higher from a year earlier, partly bolstered by solid same-store sales growth.
- Net profit was $9.9 million on year in the six months to January 31, versus $9.4 million a year ago.
- Total sales were about $196.3 million compared to $196 million for the comparative prior period. The same-stores sales growth, which is calculated for the 26 weeks to January 29, was up 3.4 percent on a constant currency basis.