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Porters in Mackay to cut jobs
Porters is introducing an initial program of voluntary redundancies
Porters is introducing an initial program of voluntary redundancies
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Tradelink reveals "store of the future" and Mitre 10 Mega store in NZ is ready to open
HNN Sources
Mackay-based Porters announced it is cutting a number of jobs, citing tough market conditions; new store design and brand revamp for Tradelink; and a Mitre 10 Mega outlet in Queenstown, New Zealand is preparing to open its doors.
Jobs to go at Porters

In a statement, Porters managing director Gaven Porter said the building supplies and hardware company is introducing an initial program of voluntary redundancies. He said there was a possibility of forced redundancies but did not say how many workers would be affected.

Mackay Mayor Deirdre Comerford believes Porters made a wise decision to lay off staff. Councillor Comerford said she thought the move would been a hard decision in difficult circumstances.

She told the ABC: "They've taken lots of corrective actions over an extended period of time. So for them to be making this next big step, they're seeing they don't have too many other options and they're caring about their long-term future as a company and they're caring about the long-term employees that they do have. So they're making the right decision at this point in time."
Tradelink opens new generation store

Bathroom and plumbing products specialist, Tradelink is rolling out a new store design, with prototype sites recently launched in the ACT. Its "Branch of the Future" has been created by interior design agency, Design Clarity.

The store concept encourages self-navigation and better staff-to-customer communication in a functional and organised environment. It is accompanied by a rebrand for the company, with the exterior fascia of each store showing Tradelink's bold new direction.

Design Clarity created a back-to-basics environment where products can be displayed in a way that will be easier for trade customers to make purchase decisions. Fixtures were lowered onto the retail floor to maximise visibility across the space and provide exposure to core categories from anywhere in the store.

The design template also leveraged point of sale technology, additional impulse bins and digital quick-pick selection hubs with a click and collect service. This store concept will be rolled out to several more sites across Australia.
Tradelink has undergone a rebrand
Mitre 10 Mega will open soon

Mitre 10 Mega located in Queenstown (NZ) will officially open this year, according to Jason Smith, managing director of H&J Smith, the store's owner operator. Smith said after filing for resource consent with the Queenstown Lakes District Council on November 11, 2011, building finally began on January 5 this year.

The NZ$20 million project comprises an 8000sqm development which includes retail space of about 3500sqm. The main store, featuring offices, staff rooms and training rooms, will include a children's playground connecting to a cafe with an outdoor courtyard and a direct view over the 900sqm garden centre.

Smith said the existing Mitre 10 store, at Remarkables Park, will continue to operate until the new store is ready to open.
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