04 Apr 2017
Opinion
No threat from Amazon
Paul Keane

Amazon recently made an announcement that their imminent entry into Australia would kill local retailers. How seriously do we take Amazon’s threats? There have been a number of like statements over the years.

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27 Mar 2017
Opinion
Fair and reasonable profit; a discussion worth having
Paul Keane

This will be my last mention on the profitability of retirement villages for the moment. Following last week’s commentary we received a number of responses; some were for my comments, others against. All however were appreciated.

The following table reflects the profit in 2016 over 2015 for the major players in the industry. It's difficult to analyse where the significant portion of the profit for each company came from.

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20 Mar 2017
Opinion
Are retirees feeling the pinch?
Paul Keane

Last year I commented on the Retirement Village Industry and the need for some careful monitoring of the impact it has on retirees. This is the third item I referred to in last week’s issue of the News in Brief.

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13 Mar 2017
Opinion
Challenge or opportunity in Newmarket?
Paul Keane

Three issues have been bugging me over the last week or so, two of which I want to discuss today. The third I will leave for a future date as it deserves a more in depth discussion. In the meantime, I have questions about two major companies…

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03 Mar 2017
Opinion
With store number five, Farro finally land in Orakei
John Lenihan

Last week saw the opening of a new Farro Fresh at Orakei Bay Village, marking a milestone for both.

Farro have been in business for 12 years now, with James and Janene Draper at the helm. They now have 5 stores; their first location was Lunn Ave, followed by Constellation Drive, Grey Lynn, then Epsom and now Orakei.

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