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A proud moment as our mini money pouch enters the Te Papa Museum collection this month.

Designed for clients of specialist shopper marketing agency, Energi, the pouch was commissioned for Lunar New Year 2017 as a gift for clients.

This red ‘Mini Money Pouch’ is a striking example of a corporate, hybridised ‘Chinese New Zealand’ visual and material culture, developing through the work of New Zealand businesses. It is strongly inspired by both the design of New Zealand cardboard milk cartons and Chinese red packets, known in Cantonese as “lai see” (“hongbao” in Mandarin). The pouch’s red colour and associations with money, the Chinese zodiac calendar (according to which 2017 was the year of the fire rooster, hence the pouch’s stylised rooster graphic) and Lunar New Year, are characteristic of ‘lai see’. ‘Lai see’ containing new, or new-looking, monetary notes are typically gifted by family elders to younger family members, and from married individuals to unmarried individuals.

The proposed accessory was one of the first pieces commissioned from Pedro’s Bluff founder and self-taught designer, Michelle Anson, and draws on her Chinese heritage and mixed Chinese/white English descent,having lived in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.

The pouch opens and closes using flaps on either side of the pouch which shut with the help of snap buttons. This aspect of the money pouch’s design is inspired by New Zealand milk cartons, with which Anson was fascinated when she first arrived in Auckland. “The concept of individually-owned corner stores (as opposed to franchises such as 7-Eleven) captured my attention when I moved to New Zealand. Dairy is a huge industry in this country, and I admired the aesthetic of the humble milk carton and wanted to translate the quintessentially New Zealand idea of that into a design that was functional and different. This collaboration with Energi was the perfect opportunity to take that design one step further by adding the rooster motif and red and gold colours that symbolise good fortune and prosperity.” #chinesenewyear #madeinnz
  • This time last year, the Energi team was delivering beautiful orchids and @grosurekiwicare house plant care packages across the city.

Their amazing house plant range of products make sure your plant babies stay healthy and well fed all year round.

At times like this, we love having a bit of greenery in our homes 🌿 🌸

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Staycation

In a couple of month’s time, we’ll be having lots of those conversations again. You know: “What are you up to for the summer break?” The culturally correct kiwi answer to this question is, of course, something along the lines of a chance to get away to a beach, or maybe a lake, to reconnect with the family and the dog, get out in the boat if you like …

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UnmetNeeds

Unmet Needs are like the Holy Grail in marketing. Those two little words spell green field opportunities and untapped potential. The realm of Unmet Needs is certainly desirable but is difficult and challenging. The reality is that most of us, most of the time live in a world of met needs, or even saturated needs in a flood of over-supply. Do we need another coconut water? Another premium milk? …

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ShoppingMall1

Retail giants worldwide have been hitting hard times, with the closing of stores and loss of shopper interest, victims to the so-called “Retail Apocalypse”.  Last month alone, Gap, J.C. Penney, and Victoria’s Secret all announced they would be closing more than 300 stores. These store closures followed after Sears had announced they would be filing for bankruptcy and closing roughly 140 Sears and Kmart stores. So, what does this …

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Homegrown

The other week we joined the kids at Homegrown in Wellington. The cream of local music on five stages in one long day. Epic. But why? What is it that makes festivals so appealing? Festivals have been a part of our human experience for countless generations. Nevus has been celebrated for 5,000 years and signifies the day Noah returned to the land. In Turkey, it is marked by people …

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Influencers

Social media influencers have dominated the news for the last couple of years, captivating the imagination of brands and consumers alike. An industry that is on the upward tick regardless of minor setbacks, has been predicted to be worth $10 billion by 2020.  So, what does this mean for the future of physical stores, are they doomed to follow the same fate? Amazon.com is quick to be blamed for …

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Retrofuturism

Retrofuturism is a great word. It combines the blend of old-fashioned ‘retro’ style, with the future anticipation of technology. The term was first coined in a review of Terry Gilliam’s film Brazil by Pauline Kael (somewhat appropriately in 1984). At its heart, retrofuturism examines the tension between the past and the future, and the idea that technology has the power to either empower or alienate. Technological advancements bring the …

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Pichfrompast

In a world that seems to be evolving at lighting speed, to submerge yourself in nostalgia is like wrapping yourself in a comfortable blanket of “the good ol’days”, when life was simple and one didn’t care how many Instagram followers you had. Research shows that nostalgia gives our lives a sense of continuity and meaning. As we age, we all develop fond memories of our younger days, from the …

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WhatBusinessAreYouIn

This is a simple but revealing strategic question. If you ask most business-people, they will typically answer in terms of what they do. They’ll say they’re in banking, or they make cleaning products or flooring, or they make frozen desserts. No doubt you have your equivalent answer. There is nothing inherently wrong about describing your business in this way. But there is a better way. You see, looking at …

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Foodstagramming

From an early age, I learned about the social value of food. My late mum (bless her), committed many horrific food crimes when I was growing up. The arrival of the enormous wood-grained National microwave in the 1970s sparked her culinary nadir; destroying everything that went inside like some sort of nuclear kitchen holocaust. I still glow a bit under a certain light. Pure Delish But she did also …

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ScanAI

Today’s customer is channel-agnostic, switching effortlessly between online and bricks-and-mortar buying and employing a blend of shopping techniques: patronizing physical stores for tactile and social experiences, conducting product/pricing research via smartphone, and taking advantage of super-convenient online ordering and delivery options. Customers value experiences, and the quicker retailers can reduce its points of friction, the better future proof they will be. Despite the rise in e-commerce, the physical retail …

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GenZ

The one constant for the retail industry is changing. Just as the industry seemed to get its heads around re-inventing itself to meet the expectations of tech-savvy Millennials, there is a new demographic of consumers flexing their buying power – Gen Z. Who is Gen Z? Now, all 22 or younger they consist of a mix of students and youngsters entering their first jobs and represent one-third of the …

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BlackFriday

Kiwis shelled out $442 million over the Black Friday weekend, that’s an 85% increase from 2017! Watch the Energi Shopper Vlog for the breakdown of the 4 key ingredients that make Black Friday the mega shopping festival that New Zealand has fully embraced.

Blockchain

Blockchain, one of the biggest buzzwords of 2018, has been tipped to impact a number of industries all across the world. In retail alone, the blockchain market size is expected to grow from USD 80.0 million in 2018 to USD 2,339.5 million by 2023, at a growth of 2,924%. This just shows that even though there is a lack of awareness and technical understanding coupled with an uncertain regulatory …

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Singlesday

Now the largest online shopping event in the world. 2019 will see a growth in global ‘shopping day’ events Singles’ Day originated from a Chinese university with the intent of breaking away from the monotony of being single. It was to be a day filled with events and celebrations in the honor of being single, a day that quickly took its place in the wider Chinese society which then …

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Superpremium

Superpremiumisation. Once you get over how to say it, you will start to see it all through the supermarket. It is the trend to very highly-priced products appearing where reasonably priced staples have traditionally dominated. In the humble milk category, you can buy a litre of Countdown milk for $2.35, or a litre of Lewis Road for $6.00. 2 litres of Tip Top ice cream will cost you $7.50, …

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YearOfTheVoice

According to a Wall Street Journal article, tech companies now have their eyes on the next billion internet users mostly from the developing world. But the new users are going to be different from the first billion in the sense they are more likely to favor voice and video rather than typing and text. Averaging around a billion searches a month as of Jan 2018, the future is going …

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Sensory

Stop, and think about the entrance to your local supermarket for a moment. What do you see? Are you in the fresh produce department? Do you see large mounds of brightly coloured fruit? Then, are you drawn into fresh, red meat, or maybe the aroma-rich bakery? These are powerful and deliberate sensory marketing triggers that encourage us to buy more. Why do they work? It seems that our brains …

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Bargins

A year ago there was an article in the New Zealand Herald claiming that “$6 out of every $10 spent on groceries was going on items which are on sale or promotion.” What’s more, we are internationally way ahead of the curve, with Australians spending $4 out of $10 on promoted items, the British $3, Germans $2 and the French just $1.80. This tallies with our traditional love of …

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NewMum

Finding out you’re going to become a mother for the first time can be an extremely joyous if not overwhelming situation to find yourself in. So many things start to whiz through your mind like OMG is this really happening? What does this mean? What is going to change? What do I need to do? How am I going to do this? Can I do this? These are but …

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AIANZ

Chatbots were created as a marketer’s dream ally, a magical tool that allowed brands to literally be ‘always on’. The last two years have seen enormous growth in the number of chatbots entering the market as well as a larger number failing terribly. According to a 2017 Grand View Research Study, the chatbot market is poised to reach $1.23 billion by 2025 with an annual growth rate of 24.3%.  …

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GenZConsume

Gen Z is the first generation to have grown up with connected devices in their hands. But “always on” doesn’t mean for a second they are the easiest to connect to. Being Millennial got me the generic title of “digital savvy,” but I remember a time without internet connections and I didn’t receive my first smartphone until my 20’s.  However, Gen Zers have never known a world without smartphones, …

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AlwaysOn

Another day starts and I see my in-box has its usual flood of 20-odd eDMs and texts desperately craving my attention. I’m barely awake and already I need to be on my game because apparently…  “Why am I waiting? I could be the winner of $10 million.” “How likely am I to recommend us to a friend or colleague?” I’ve been given “All these exclusive Akl travel offers”, even …

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pricing

I can’t believe that I bought a $600 backgammon set. But somehow I did. Sure, I enjoy playing backgammon, and they can be beautiful things. But $600! How did that happen? The clues sit within this overview of that vital organ of business success: pricing. How we’re supposed to think about pricing The default belief about pricing, thanks to the economist in us all, assumes that price is a …

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HeartofDemand

Notes from the retail front line. A few years ago the eminent Zoologist Dr Desmond Morris was asked why people relate to some advertisements and not to others. As an expert who has spent his career studying humans as an animal species, he put forward the insight that there is a set of seven deep, ancient, underlying drivers that shape our lives. These are core ingredients that we continually …

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Cans

I’m hopeless. As a foodie and a strategic planner for a shopper marketing agency a trip to the supermarket is never quick and always full of delight. I’m one of those people that gets lost in the aisles. I double-back. I triple-back. I rarely buy on price, although sometimes I do when I feel the need for a bargain. I love trying new things. I’m a sucker for tasty …

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Deliver

For the past two years, Energi has carried out research on the Christmas shopping habits of New Zealanders. We’ve found out that although Christmas is supposed to be a universal time of joy and happiness, in reality, Christmas is quite polarising. ‘Santas’ are the segment that see Christmas as a favourite time and a challenge to outdo last year’s festivities. ‘Grinches’ just want it to all go away. And …

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