Emma Koehn | SmartCompany
A challenging local retail market did not deter some of the biggest brand names on the planet from landing on Australian soil in 2017.
From limited-edition sports shoes to designer-brand focused department stores, there were plenty of new kids on the block for SMEs to compete against in a landscape shadowed by the spectre of Amazon Australia.
Here’s a timeline of when eight of the biggest players announced they were coming Down Under this year – and what they hope to gain.
Alibaba opens Melbourne headquarters
The Chinese retail giant cemented its commitment to forming partnerships in the Australian market in February, opening its Australia and New Zealand regional headquarters in Melbourne.