Newsletter Articles

The Chinese Depot

China appears to be the next international target for Home Depot. News reports indicate the company plans to buy Home Way, an 11-unit chain started in 1995, with which it has had a relationship since that time. Bob Vereen reports…

The Quiet Achiever

Family-owned business, Lanhams, has never been one for shouting its successes from the rooftops, but it’s high time the achievements of this Sunshine Coast-based business were recognised…

Living in Shadow

For homeowners, Gyprock ShadowSet™ is an ideal solution for updating a home and was created in response to growing consumer demand for shadow line looks…

Cowdroy’s Gets V8 Power

When Cowdory wanted a high profile activity to increase brand awareness it found V8 Supercars the ideal match. V8 Supercars is like no other sport in Australia. It blends the athlete with the rawness of sedan car racing. With 14 rounds over a 10 months racing program in three countries, and over 70 million viewers in 25 countries, V8 Supercars gives Cowdory the brand exposure it wants.

Another Award for Ibbott’s

Ibbott’s Home Timber & Hardware (TAS) recently won consecutive Northwest Commerce & Industry Awards for Retail Business, adding to the swag of honours they have achieved since 2003. Backed by the Devonport Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the awards are the premier recognition of business excellence in Tasmania’s northwest.


Two small neighborhood hardware stores which must compete with a nearby Home Depot, are being helped to survive by another big-box competitor – Wal*Mart.

Walk On By

What makes you walk into a store? Retail Consultant, Melanie McIntosh, has some theories…

Magazine Articles

Online Fraud

The growth in internet trading also increases the potential growth of online credit card fraud. The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) recently conducted a survey looking into Online Credit Card Fraud Against Small Business. Here’s what they found…

Purchasing Stock Abroad

Looking to break away from the competition and improve your business’ cash flow? Provident Inventory Finance’s Matthew Nolan offers some useful tips for purchasing stock abroad….