Category: Australia

Vender of the Week: The Road Stall

Melbourne flower shop The Road Stall has been in business since 1971, when Belinda McDermott’s father Hans opened up a literal roadside stall to showcase the flowers grown near his Monbulk home. After Hans’s passing in 2006, Belinda and her partner Guy took over operations, selling only local blooms to support their nearby farmers. Three years later, they moved into a spot on Melbourne’s Spring Street — and today, they’re bringing local Aussie flowers to one of the biggest cities Down Under. We spoke with Belinda to learn more about the Road Stall and to discover why they chose Vend

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Vender of the Week: TheSuperCool

Six years ago, husband and wife David “Noonie” Nunez and Kate Vandermeer founded TheSuperCool: a mobile emporium they drove around Australia, using social media to alert their fans to their whereabouts. They stocked the mobile giftwares store with curated objects from around the world, focusing on “supporting small business makers that offer organic, fairtrade, and handmade products.” Since then, TheSuperCool has hosted 30 pop-ups with their mobile emporium, opened a brick and mortar location in the South Melbourne Market’s SO:ME Space, and expanded their brand with TheSuperCool Kid. They’ve also grown their mailing list by 750% in three years —

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Vend and Square bring partnership Down Under for growing Australian retailers

From today Australian retailers will have more choice in the way they run their business and sell to customers. Vend and Square’s market-leading POS and payments integration, first launched in the US late last year, is now available in Australia. This collaboration brings together two of the best systems for retail today, and provides more options for advanced retailers, those with multiple locations, and complex operations. Square is one of the world’s leading payments providers, with millions of customers worldwide. Its payment system is popular with Australian small businesses because of the unique payments hardware it provides with options for

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Vender of the Week: The House of Honey

In January 2010, Kim and Rupert Phillips fulfilled a longtime dream: opening their very own honey showroom, The House of Honey, in Western Australia. The ardent honey connoisseurs have dedicated the better part of their lives to educating their loyal customers on the importance of bees in the world’s ecosystem and to sustainably crafting high-quality Australian honey for their community. Once tethered to clunky cash registers and out-of-date systems, The House of Honey received a serious upgrade when Carbon Group suggested Kim and Rupert move to Vend. With the help of the Vend Expert Partner, the husband-and-wife duo made the

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Vender of the Week: LUC. Design

Australia-based retailer LUC. Design, owned and curated by interior designer Lucy Given, is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. Using her 25-plus years of design and retail experience, Lucy has made LUC. into a destination for beautiful and functional “fashion, homewares, furniture, and art” — and she trusted Vend to take her from LUC.’s tiny starting location to a stunning, 145-square-meter flagship store in Tasmania’s capital of Hobart. We interviewed Lucy to learn more about why she started LUC. and why she chose Vend. Read on for the goods! Tell us a bit about how LUC. got started. What are you all about? I opened my store

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