Headphone big Bose has introduced it’ll shut each Australian retailer – together with shops throughout the globe.The shock information was revealed this afternoon, with the high-end headphone and speaker retailer asserting its remaining 119 brick-and-mortar shops in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia are set to shut globally within the subsequent few months.The precise variety of Australian shops – and jobs – set to be misplaced shouldn’t be but recognized, and Bose confirmed different particulars, together with the variety of workers affected, will stay non-public.The corporate mentioned it is going to be providing “outplacement help and severance to affected workers”.The corporate has largely blamed the “dramatic shift to on-line purchasing in particular markets” for the shock announcement.“Initially, our retail shops gave folks a solution to expertise, check, and discuss to us about multi-component, CD and DVD-based house leisure techniques,” Bose’s vp of worldwide gross sales Colette Burke mentioned in an announcement.“On the time, it was a radical concept, however we centered on what our prospects wanted, and the place they wanted it – and we’re doing the identical factor now. It’s nonetheless troublesome, as a result of the choice impacts a few of our wonderful retailer groups who make us proud every single day.“They deal with each one who walks via our doorways – whether or not that’s serving to with an issue, giving professional recommendation, or simply letting somebody take a break and hearken to nice music. “Over time, they’ve set the usual for customer support. And everybody at Bose is grateful.”Bose shops will stay open in different components of the world, together with roughly 130 shops in China and the United Arab Emirates and extra shops in India, southeast Asia and South Korea.Bose was launched in 1964 and opened its first retailer in 1993. It’s primarily based in Massachusetts within the US and is finest recognized for its house audio techniques and audio system, noise-cancelling headphones, skilled audio merchandise and automotive sound techniques.Social media has been flooded with feedback from Bose followers who’ve been left surprised by the information, which comes simply days after a string of different high-profile retail collapses on this nation which commentators have dubbed a “retail apocalypse”.RETAIL WOESThe announcement comes scorching on the heels of a slew of different high-profile Australian companies which have folded within the first fortnight of 2020.It began early on January 7 when it was revealed division retailer Harris Scarfe was set to close 21 shops throughout 5 states over the course of only one month after the retailer was positioned in receivership in December.Simply days later, McWilliam’s Wines – the nation’s sixth-largest wine firm that has been run by the identical household for greater than 140 years – introduced it had additionally appointed voluntary directors.Then it was fashionable online game chain EB Video games’ flip, with the enterprise confirming it was closing no less than 19 shops throughout the nation inside weeks, whereas vogue chain Bardot can also be planning to shutter 58 shops throughout the nation by March.And this week, it additionally emerged Curious Planet – the academic retailer beforehand referred to as Australian Geographic, which is owned by mum or dad firm Co-op Bookshop – would pull 63 shops throughout Australia after failing to discover a purchaser for the model, whereas denim chain Jeanswest entered voluntary administration simply yesterday.The entire confirmed variety of bricks-and-mortar shops earmarked for closure has already risen to 161 this 12 months alone.2020s dismal first fortnight for retail follows a horror 2019 that introduced the collapse of a slew of Aussie companies, with some worldwide gamers additionally folding in current months.Final January, menswear retailer Ed Harry went into voluntary administration, and per week later, Aussie sportswear favorite Skins additionally revealed it was getting ready to failure after making use of for chapter in a Swiss court docket.On the finish of the month, the Napoleon Perdis magnificence empire introduced the cult make-up chain’s 56 Aussie shops had closed for stocktake. Directors have been appointed, and scores of shops have since collapsed.Footwear trailblazer Footwear of Prey additionally met its demise in March final 12 months together with British vogue big Karen Millen, which in September revealed it will quickly shut all Aussie shops, leaving round 80 jobs in peril.In October, movie star chef Shannon Bennett’s Melbourne burger chain Benny Burger was additionally positioned into administration, adopted by seven Pink Rooster shops in Queensland simply days later after which Aussie activewear sensation Stylerunner, which has since been offered to Accent Group Restricted.In November, it was revealed that fashionable furnishings and homewares firm Zanui was in hassle after it abruptly entered voluntary administration, leaving offended prospects within the lurch.Later that month, Muscle Coach, a number one health firm, was put into voluntary administration after a director acquired a devastating prognosis and the corporate racked up money owed of just about $1 million.Then it was the well-known Criniti’s restaurant chain’s flip to enter into voluntary administration, with a number of of the 13 websites throughout the nation set to shut for good. 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