Dean Blake

Dean Blake is a business journalist at Octomedia, working on Inside Retail.
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Close contact rules change to get critical staff back to work


As several key industries begin to buckle under the weight of the staffing shortages caused by the rising tide of Covid-19 cases sweeping Australia, the NSW and QLD State Governments

November was Australia’s biggest online sales month ever: AusPost


Australia Post has deemed November 2021 the “biggest month in Australian online shopping history” after delivering a record 21 million parcels across an admittedly extended sales event period. According to

Romeo’s settles class actions accusing it of underpaying workers


Independent superrmarket retailer Romeo’s, which runs IGA and Foodland stores around the country, has reportedly settled two class action lawsuits which allege the business underpaid staff, according to Lawyerly. Adero Law,

SDA: Withholding rest breaks has become “systemic” at McDonald’s


Another McDonald’s franchisee is facing Federal Court after allegedly denying its workers paid rest and drinks breaks over the past six years – an issue the Shops, Distributive and Allied

Australia’s first Wahlburgers to launch before Christmas


Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg’s famed burger chain Wahlburgers will open its first Australian store in Circular Quay, Sydney before Christmas 2021. The restaurant will be located at 7 Macquarie Street, Opera Quays,

Bunnings’ Beaumont Tiles buy-out approved by ACCC


Bunnings’ proposed acquisition of Beaumont Tiles has been given the green-light by the ACCC, which said the buy-up won’t impact competition. “At first glance, Bunnings taking over a major tile retailer appears

Rival pharmaceutical company seeks to keep API from Wesfarmers


Pharmacy group Sigma Healthcare has made a competing offer for Australian Pharmaceutical Industries, looking to buy up the business before Wesfarmers can enter the market. The pair aren’t strangers to

McDonald’s hit with breach of advertising rules over Instagram mix-up


McDonald’s breached advertising rules when a radio host failed to specify whether an Instagram post was sponsored or not, according to Mumbrella. Andrew Costello, host of the SAFM brekkie show in

Harvey Norman hits record profit in Australia


Harvey Norman has delivered another strong year in spite of the Covid-19 crisis, with total revenue up 15.3 per cent to $9.49 billion, and profit after tax up 75 per

Restaurant Brands triples profits in first-half


Quick service group Restaurant Brands tripled profit in its first half, with group NPAT hitting $33 million compared to $10.7 million in the same period last financial year – a