Debenhams opens its first store in Australia

Debenhams opens its first store in Australia


  • The store’s small-format layout – across two storeys and 3600sqm – is the first of its kind for Debenhams and is a notable shift away from the traditional department store format in Australia.
  • David Smith, Debenhams’ Managing Director, International, said:“International expansion in key markets is a strategic priority for the business. Shoppers in Australia spend more than $5.1 billion on fashion and $8.0 billion on beauty products a year¹ – add that to the fact that we know that our offering resonates and the next logical step for the business was to open a store in Australia”.

London, 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading British retailer, Debenhams is extending its global footprint with the opening of its first store in Australia today (24 October).

The store in Melbourne is the first site with franchise partner, Pepkor, part of the Steinhoff Group.

The store’s small-format layout – across two storeys and 3600sqm – is the first of its kind for Debenhams and is a notable shift away from the traditional department store format in Australia. The store features a unique mix of clothing and products from the retailer’s extensive portfolio of household British designer names including Jasper Conran, Julien Macdonald, Preen, Savannah Miller, Matthew Williamson and Jenny Packham. In-store services include style suite, beauty rooms and café.

David Smith, Debenhams’ Managing Director, International, said: “International expansion in key markets is a strategic priority for the business. More than 20 million shoppers visit our 175 UK and ROI stores each year and this includes a huge number of Australian consumers.

“Shoppers in Australia spend more than $5.1 billion on fashion and $8.0 billion on beauty products a year¹ – add that to the fact that we know that our offering resonates and the next logical step for the business was to open a store in Australia.”

Graham Dean, Managing Director of Debenhams Australia, said the international retailer has brought more than two centuries of experience and success to the opening of Debenhams St Collins Lane.

“The opening of Debenhams St Collins Lane is an evolution of our success with the Australian market, with online sales to Australia already the largest outside of the United Kingdom. We have a track record of getting retail right – Debenhams St Collins Lane is not a traditional store, and we are confident in this new offering in a popular area of the Melbourne CBD.”

Debenhams St Collins Lane opened yesterday and joins a portfolio of 243 Debenhams stores across 28 countries worldwide. The store will trade in line with CDB trading hours.

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AUSTRALIA: Kmart opened its doors to Lakelands south of Perth

AUSTRALIA: Kmart opened its doors to Lakelands south of Perth


Perth, Australia, 2017-Jul-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Australia’s favourite retailer officially opened its doors to Lakelands south of Perth on Wednesday 21 June at 8:00 am.

The 5,295 m2 store showcases Kmart’s new store layout that is being rolled out nationally, in a commitment to an improved shopping experience for customers, from irresistibly low priced everyday products through to brightly lit, easy to shop product worlds.

Kmart Lakelands is officially the 200th store to have been opened by the leading retailer across Australia and New Zealand. The new and elevated store layout provides locals with all of Kmart’s coloured product worlds including clothing, toys and home. Noticeable updates including central self-served check outs, wider aisles for easy wheel chair and pram access, as well as bolder graphics for navigation and a convenient shopping experience.

Kmart Lakelands store manager Jacqui Craig alongside her all female management team, has had a large task of sorting through applications, having employed just over 130 team members with many transferring from other stores. Two of these team members include Jackie Clifton and Leila Afalzi, with years combined have been with the retail business for over 40 years – a remarkable asset to the Kmart Lakelands team.

The team members have gone through 9 weeks of intensive training in preparation for the opening, learning a variety of roles across the store to ensure team members are exposed to a variety of tasks and responsibilities whilst perfecting their perfecting their customer service skills.

Mrs Craig said the completion of this site will be a huge achievement for the whole Kmart team and she is so excited to welcome the community through the doors.

“We have received lots of positive feedback from the Halls Head and Rockingham community. The new store will provide the community with further shopping convenience for those who live locally and greater access to our everyday low prices,” Mrs Craig said.


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AUSTRALIA: Coles opens its milestone 800th supermarket at Epping North

AUSTRALIA: Coles opens its milestone 800th supermarket at Epping North


Perth, Australia, 2017-Jun-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coles has created 115 new local jobs at Epping North with the unveiling of its milestone 800th supermarket at Aurora Village on Wednesday, 21 June.

Epping North was selected as the location for the milestone 800th supermarket in Australia after Coles’ 103 year history. In addition to the 115 new recruits, 25 team members will transfer from other Coles stores in the area, bringing the total team to 140.The new market-style supermarket will feature an in-store bakery with flatbread made daily, a continental delicatessen with a large selection of cheese and fresh seafood, and a meat counter with a slice-on-request service.

The new store will also feature a self-service olive bar, ‘Scoop and Weigh’ station and an extensive fresh produce area with fruit and vegetables displayed on ice.

Store Manager Ranjith Fernando is excited to introduce the store and its new features to local residents and support the local Epping North community.

“The whole team can’t wait to show off the new shopping experience to the local community. Our service will extend beyond the checkout, with the store committed to supporting a range of causes close to the hearts of customers and team members,” he said.

The team at Aurora Village will support the Epping North Scout Group by hosting activities and dinner at the Galada Community Centre and donating a trailer later this month, as well as supplying sport shirts for students at Harvest Home Primary School.

“As a store, we’re committed to being involved with the local community and working with Epping North Scout Group and Harvest Home Primary School are just two ways we’re getting involved. We look forward to being more involved with the local Epping North community throughout the year,” Ranjith said.

Coles at Aurora Village is located at 329A Harvest Home Rd, and will open from 6 am to 12 pm seven days a week.

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Australian Retailers Association: Retailers conducting business in Australia should pay their tax just like Australian retailers currently do

Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, 2017-Apr-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) strongly supports the Government in closing the Low Value Threshold (LVT) loophole for the purchase of offshore tangible goods under $1000.

Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director of the ARA said they have been working with the Federal and State Governments to reduce the low value threshold and provide a level playing field for Australian retailers.

“This is a tax equity issue and internationally-based retailers should pay their fair share of tax,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Retailers conducting business in Australia should pay their tax just like Australian retailers currently do.”

The ARA has said this GST has been a long time coming, expressing thanks to then Assistant Treasure Bill Shorten for his commencement of the process in 2011.

“Multiple jurisdictions are already introducing similar laws as this is a global tax issue,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“This new legislation will create a fairer tax system for Australian retailers by creating a level playing field against international competitors.”

This new model may not be perfect but the ARA believes that the proposed system is the best model at this point.

“Freight companies and credit card businesses should not be responsible for collecting this tax, the onus should fall on internationally-based businesses to collect it” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Australian retailers already collect this tax in Australia, therefore it is unnecessary to complicate this process and allow international retailers to continue to exploit this legislative loophole.”

“We already know that overseas retailers selling online have the capability of charging taxes as required by Australian law,” Mr Zimmerman said.

The ARA will be appearing as witnesses at the Senate Economics Legislation hearings this Friday 21 April to reiterate the importance of this GST.

“We strongly support this proposed GST model and will continue to work with the Government to resolve any implementation issues,” Mr Zimmerman said.

Mr Zimmerman will be available at 12 noon outside the Flinders Room at Mantra Hotel, 222 Russell Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call the ARA Media Line on 0439 612 556, or email

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit or call 1300 368 041.


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Sigma partners with Fred IT Group to deliver next generation retail platform to support over 700 pharmacies across Australia

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, 2016-Nov-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sigma Pharmaceuticals today ( 24 November 2016) announced Australia’s largest pharmacy IT partnership with the Fred IT Group to deliver Sigma’s next generation retail platform that will support over 700 pharmacies across Australia.

The new platform is a single cloud based technology solution to underpin Sigma’s broader technology and data strategy implementation. The fully integrated retail platform provides a significantly improved pharmacy user experience, as well as driving synergies across merchandising, pricing, and promotional functions.

This announcement follows an extensive evaluation process of IT systems, and will enable Sigma to provide market leading support to its brand members – Amcal, Guardian, Discount Drug Stores, PharmaSave and Chemist King. The program is built on Fred IT’s new integrated pharmacy cloud solution, Fred NXT.

With Sigma undergoing considerable growth and development, the key focus during the selection process was the need for a scalable, flexible and fully integrated solution. This solution meets that criteria, bringing together point of sale (POS), dispense and a back office system (BOS) that seamlessly integrates with existing investments in multi-channel, loyalty and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems.

Mark Hooper, Sigma CEO and Managing Director, commented that the combination of Sigma’s industry knowledge together with Fred’s IT credentials ticked all the boxes.

“Sigma now has the largest branded pharmacy footprint in Australia with over 700 pharmacies delivering almost 20% share of the pharmacy retail sales market. So having a solution that is agile, has full connectivity into retail pharmacy, and supports our growth is critical. It strengthens our market position and also provides opportunities to explore extensions of our partnership with Fred IT and the Telstra Health team.”

The Fred NXT cloud based platform provides Sigma with a reliable and future proofed solution that also delivers flexibility to innovate and respond quickly to future market changes.

Paul Naismith, CEO of Fred IT Group, echoed Mark’s sentiments and is excited by the prospect of the partnership.

“We applaud the commitment and vision of Sigma to provide significant benefit to their members via an enterprise grade integrated IT solution. Sigma’s innovative platform will enable Sigma’s pharmacy brand members to delight their customers with retail and professional services innovations that are quickly implemented across the entire store network. It will deliver great value to Sigma members with lower average store IT costs together with all the benefits of a modern solution, being safety, security and robustness. We can’t wait to help Sigma achieve their exciting vision.”

Sigma and Fred IT will have a dedicated team to manage the full Australia wide rollout, upgrade, conversions and training. This will commence shortly, with the majority of stores to be converted within 24 months.

About Sigma Pharmaceuticals

Sigma is a leading Australian full line pharmacy wholesale and distribution business. Sigma also has the largest pharmacy network in Australia, with over 1,200 branded and independent pharmacies, including some of Australia’s best known pharmacy retail brands: Amcal, Discount Drug Stores, Guardian, PharmaSave, and Chemist King.

About Fred IT Group

Fred IT Group is Australia’s largest provider of Pharmacy IT solutions servicing over 3,000 pharmacies. In 2014, Fred launched Fred NXT, Australia’s first cloud based management platform developed specifically for pharmacy. Fred is deeply committed to the pursuit of technological leadership and innovation that make it easier and more efficient for pharmacies to run their business.

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Alibaba Cloud announces the opening of four new data centers in the Middle East, Europe, Australia and Japan

New facilities in the Middle East, Europe, Australia and Japan will provide comprehensive cloud service offerings, enabling business innovation globally

Hangzhou, China, 2016-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today (November 21, 2016) announced the opening of four new data centers by the end of 2016 in the Middle East (Dubai), Europe, Australia and Japan. As a major milestone of Alibaba Cloud’s global expansion, the new centers will boost its data center network to 14 locations, covering key economic centers around the world. The data center in the Middle East, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, commenced initial operations today.

Alibaba Cloud’s expansion will provide customers worldwide with improved latency and greater access to its diverse offerings, including data storage and analytics services, enterprise-level middleware, and cloud security services. Strengthening Alibaba Cloud’s position as a major global cloud provider, the new data centers will support Alibaba Cloud’s growing client base beyond the current 2.3 million.

Through a stronger network of facilities and strategic partnerships, Alibaba Cloud also plans to drive a globalization of innovation. The enhanced cloud capabilities make breakthrough innovation a real possibility with artificial intelligence, deep learning and data analytics.

“Alibaba Cloud has contributed significantly to China’s technology advancement, establishing critical commerce infrastructure to enable cross-border businesses, online marketplaces, payments, logistics, cloud computing and big data to work together seamlessly. We want to establish cloud computing as the digital foundation for the new global economy using the opportunities of cloud computing to empower businesses of all sizes across all markets,” said Simon Hu, President of Alibaba Cloud.

Evidence of the potential of Alibaba Cloud can be seen during the recently completed 2016 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, where Alibaba Cloud technology supported all of Alibaba’s online marketplaces and facilitated a record-breaking 175,000 transactions per second during peak traffic spikes. The festival showcased the capabilities not only of the cloud, but also a number of other areas, such as virtual reality, thus helping to redefine technological boundaries.

“The four new data centers will further expand Alibaba Cloud’s global ecosystem and footprint, allowing us to meet the increasing demand for secure and scalable cloud computing services from businesses and industries worldwide. The true potential of data-driven digital transformation will be seen through globalization and the opportunities brought by the new global economy will become a reality,” said Ethan Yu, Vice President of Alibaba Group and General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Global.

Since its launch, Alibaba Cloud’s technologies have enabled all types of businesses globally, ranging from start-ups to multi-national companies, to benefit from the greater operational and cost efficiency that cloud computing can provide. The new facilities are based in four strategically important trading and economic centers to enable the ambitions to make it easy to do business anywhere. Each of the four will add significant value to the global network and expand horizons.

Middle East

Alibaba Cloud will be the first major global public cloud services provider to offer cloud services from a local data center in the Middle East. The opening of the Dubai Data Center is held in conjunction with YVOLV, a joint venture of Alibaba Cloud and Meraas Holdings, a Dubai-based holding company with a portfolio spanning across key economic sectors in the United Arab Emirates. YVOLV will support and drive Dubai’s Smart City vision by leveraging Alibaba Cloud’s sophisticated cloud computing technologies to create new applications and big-data tools for customers in the region.


To support enterprises in Europe, Alibaba Cloud will partner with Vodafone Germany to open its first data center in Europe. The center is co-located in Vodafone’s data facilities in Frankfurt, Germany, one of the leading technology hubs in Europe with a highly developed infrastructure supporting technological innovation. The facility is well positioned to meet the increasing demand for sophisticated cloud computing services as the region seeks to accelerate the upgrade of its digital infrastructure.


Extending its global footprint in the Asia-Pacific, Alibaba Cloud will open a new data center in Sydney, Australia by the end of 2016. Alibaba Cloud will bring its most popular cloud services in data storage and processing services, enterprise-level middleware, and cloud security services to the Australian market. A dedicated team will be based in Australia, and build up a cloud ecosystem with local technology partners to drive cloud and big-data business in the region.


The Japan Data Center, hosted by SB Cloud Corporation, a joint venture between Softbank and Alibaba Group, will provide Japanese enterprises with competitive and enhanced public cloud computing services from Alibaba Cloud. With the joint venture, Alibaba Cloud will further expand its cloud computing service platform by leveraging SoftBank’s extensive enterprise customer base in Japan.

About Alibaba Cloud

Established in September 2009, Alibaba Cloud (, Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, develops highly scalable platforms for cloud computing and data management. It provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to support growing enterprises worldwide, including sellers and other third-party customers and businesses participating in Alibaba Group’s online and mobile commerce ecosystem. Alibaba Cloud is a business of Alibaba Group.

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Debenhams announces international expansion with plans to open stores in Australia and Gibraltar

Debenhams announces international expansion with plans to open stores in Australia and Gibraltar
Debenhams announces international expansion with plans to open stores in Australia and Gibraltar


London, 2016-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Debenhams is to extend its international store network with new sites in Australia and Gibraltar in the pipeline.

The Australian store, the first in the Southern Hemisphere, is planned to open in the prestigious St Collins Lane precinct in September 2017. The store will be the first site with franchise partner, Pepkor, part of the Steinhoff Group and will see the construction of 3,600sqm retail space over two levels.

Debenhams has also partnered with International Franchises Limited (IFL) to create two stores in Gibraltar taking over former BHS sites.

The Gibraltar stores will consist of a dedicated Homes store on Main Street, which will open September 2016 carrying collections by Debenhams’ Designers, Matthew Williamson, Julien MacDonald, Jasper Conran, John Rocha and Ben de Lisi. Redevelopment of a store in the International Commerce Centre will see a Christmas ‘pop up’ trade from late October 2016 until mid-January as modernisation also takes place. The site will open carrying the full department store offer in February 2017.

The partnership with IFL secures the jobs of all employees formerly working in the BHS stores and will also offer consumers in the region with unparalleled choice, value and quality from a host of credible brands.

Debenhams International Director, David Smith says, “International expansion is a strategic priority for Debenhams. We are delighted to be working with Pepkor on entering the

Australian market and International Franchises Limited in Gibraltar. By working with both partners we will introduce our unique mix of Designer and own brands to the regions. ” Graham Dean, MD Pepkor South East Asia Department Stores says, “This partnership heralds one of the most exciting Department Store stories in Australia and we look forward to opening the store.”

George Russo, Director of IFL says, “Securing Debenhams as a retail partner to take over the two BHS sites is a real coup in many ways for us. Not only have we been able to secure a considerable number of jobs but we are also delivering an improved retail offer to the Gibraltar public which is bound to have a positive halo effect on the high street shopping within the region.”

Debenhams’ entry into the Gibraltar market is also a first for the brand and will complement online sales delivering to the region. BHS has been trading in Gibraltar for 31 years since 1985.

Debenhams launched a stand alone ecommerce site for Australia in April this year. The brand is also to wholesale selected product lines to Pepkor-owned Harris Scarfe stores as part of a multi-channel strategy to service the region.

About Debenhams
Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of more than 240 stores across 27 countries. Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions.

In the UK, Debenhams has a top three market position in womenswear and menswear and a top ten share in childrenswear. It holds the number two market position in premium health and beauty.

Debenhams has been investing in British design for 21 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands. Current designers include Abigail Ahern, Savannah Miller, Ted Baker, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, FrostFrench, Patrick Grant, Henry Holland, Ben de Lisi, Todd Lynn, Julien Macdonald, Jenny Packham, Stephen Jones, Preen, Giles Deacon, Aliza Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas and Matthew Williamson.


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Coles Supermarkets in Australia adds NCR RealPOS XR8 at its future POS terminals

SYDNEY, Australia, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation, a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today announced that Coles Supermarkets, one of Australia’s largest supermarket retailers, has chosen to improve customer checkout experiences and operational efficiency by adding NCR RealPOS XR8 as its future POS terminals. Coles plans to upgrade more than 4,000 POS units in the next financial year.

NCR RealPOS XR8 is powered by the latest 6th generation Intel® Core™ processor in one of the smallest form factors in its class. The XR8’s compact design allows it to fit into nearly any retail environment; while its unique new design enables front or rear peripheral configuration, which simplifies cabling and service accessibility. In addition, all input/output connections are behind a locking door for added security. NCR’s image recovery button lets store associates easily restore a corrupt POS system within seconds.

“As our long established partner, NCR provides us with innovative solutions that allow us to deliver the best retail experience to our customers,” said Nick Delija, IT GM at Coles. “NCR’s latest innovations, such as the NCR RealPOS XR8, make serving customers faster and easier while allowing us to use a single platform for conventional and assisted checkouts.”

NCR is supporting Coles in its store checkout operations with a range of innovative hardware and software solutions. Coles operates more than 780 stores and processes more than 20 million customer transactions each week. Last year, Coles named NCR as the winner of the Coles Supplier of the Year Award for Outstanding Services.

“Our collaboration with Coles has grown from strength to strength with every new addition of NCR’s solutions to improve its customer services every day,” said Avi Shaul, director for Sales, NCR Retail, “The new RealPOS XR8 solution helps round out our RealPOS family, offering Coles an added choice of POS configurations and designs to deliver exceptional checkout experiences.”

NCR provides advanced point-of-sale technology for Coles Supermarkets and Coles Express stores, and real-time solutions for Coles’ popular loyalty program flybuys.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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John Lewis to open shop-in-shops within six branches of Myer in Australia

LONDON, 2016-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has today announced it will have a physical presence in Australia for the first time by opening shop-in-shops within six branches of leading Australian department store Myer.

The first shop-in-shop will open before Christmas 2016 in Myer’s newly refurbished Warringah store in the outskirts of Sydney. This will be followed by additional openings in Melbourne, Perth, Bondi, Chadstone, and Myer’s flagship store in Sydney in February 2017.

The John Lewis departments will be between 600 sq ft and 850 sq ft in size and customers will be able to shop an exclusive assortment incorporating the best of John Lewis’s own brand home and lifestyle products across bed, bath, and living. Once open, John Lewis will have 30 shop-in-shops worldwide.

Today’s announcement is coupled with the news that John Lewis has extended the number of countries it delivers to through from 33 to 40. For the first time, customers will be able to order the best of John Lewis fashion and homewares delivered via online to countries including; Hong Kong, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Switzerland, The Philippines and Malaysia. Furthermore, customers can now pay in ten additional currencies.

In the past twelve months, John Lewis’s online international traffic has increased by 15% and online international sales grown by 50%.

  • The most popular items for international customers are John Lewis homewares – in particular own brand bed linen which accounts for 21% of own brand international sales. Luxury items are in demand with Egyptian cotton pillowcases one of our best-selling items.
  • British fashion brands such as Joules, Jigsaw and phase 8 are also popular, with women’s fashion brands accounting for 12% of total international sales in the last twelve months.
  • For children, own brand clothes ranges sell well in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, and toys are also high on the shopping list with LEGO a favourite for the little ones.
  • Taste in Christmas decorations vary from country to country – despite their close proximity, Australian customers bought 250% more Christmas tree decorations last year than customers in New Zealand.

Katie Jordan, Head of International Development, John Lewis, said: ‘We’re delighted to be expanding our international presence and bringing John Lewis to new countries around the world, both through physical collaborations and by expanding our online international delivery destinations. There is a real synergy between Myer’s customer base and ours, and we believe they are the perfect partner for our first Australian shop-in-shops.’

Daniel Bracken, Chief Merchandise and Customer Officer, and Deputy CEO, Myer, said: ‘We are excited to exclusively offer Myer customers the first opportunity in Australia to shop the John Lewis brand in a tailor-made lifestyle concept.’

‘The introduction of John Lewis homewares fits very well with our New Myer strategy to offer our customers desirable and wanted brands. John Lewis is widely recognised as the leading destination for homewares in the UK, and its own branded collections, are highly sought after for their stylish and innovative design, quality and accessibility. John Lewis is a trusted brand and their homewares collections have built up a very large and loyal following within the UK and internationally.’

Notes to editors

About John Lewis 

John Lewis operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores and across fashion, home and technology, and was named  ‘Best In-Store Experience’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer’ in the 2016 Verdict Customer Satisfaction awards. is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

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About Myer 

Myer is a modern Australian retailer, with more than 100 years of heritage and a dedicated focus to bring the love of shopping to life.

Myer is Australia’s largest full-line departments store group, with more than 60 stores across Australia.

Our stores are visited by customers more than 130 millions times each year, and our loyalty program, MYER one, has more than five million members.

We are a significant employer in Australia, with 12,500 Myer team members, and we have a strong background in philanthropy.

Myer has a proud Australian history and an exciting future supported by our New Myer strategy, which delivers a fresh interpretation of our brand, a re-energised and relevant range, improved services and in-store experiences complemented by a strong omni-channel offer.

Our strategy brings the best of Myer to the customers who love us today, and to future generations.

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Communications Manager, Brand & Flagships
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Retail Product Search And Store Locator iPhone app Now Available Through Lasoo has launched its pre-shopping iPhone app, allowing users of the popular phone to search across catalogues, products, retailers and brands from leading retailers while they’re out and about.

The app brings the full search and browse functionality of the website directly to the iPhone. Using the iPhone’s integrated GPS functionality, users can search across retail products or browse catalogues that are available in whatever area they happen to be. Products appear with a price, description and an expandable image.

What’s more, once the user has found something they want to buy, the Lasoo store locator uses the phone’s GPS to direct them to the nearest shop, complete with a map, contact details and opening hours.

The iPhone app has offers from many of Australia’s leading retailers, including Target, BIG W, Coles, Dick Smith, Myer, Toys R Us, ALDI, Officeworks, Borders, Repco, IKEA and many more.

According to executive director, Paul Marshall: “The Apple iPhone is one of the most popular gadgets used by Australians today, with many people using it to do everything from banking to paying bills, checking the weather and much more.”

“The app will make the iPhone even more indispensable to anyone who downloads it, giving you the ability to find advertised offers at shops near you, no matter where you are.”

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