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Renee Carmody’s Consulting Business Helps Small Businesses Find A Path To Growth

Renee Carmody is the CEO of Xplode Consulting, and consults businesses like Vineonline and Bayleys Group on commercial strategy and sales training. Before that, Renee spent almost 10 years leading growth and digital at some of the world’s largest retailers including Coles, Myer and Kmart.

Most interestingly, Renee’s journey is all the more impressive when you understand where she came from: raised in a small town of 40,000 people in New Zealand, Renee came to Melbourne as an immigrant to Australia in 2006. Her story of clawing her way into the inner circles of Aussie retail superstardom and how Renee started her own business is both ambitious and inspiring.

After moving to Australia, Renee found a job working at Australian Media Group. There, the CEO became a mentor and taught Renee all about the sales process, sales negotiation and what it really means to create win-win-win partnerships.

In 2012, Coles headhunted Renee to build a digital supplier strategy. Renee increased Cole’s net gross profit from $200k to $19 million in three years changing Australia’s FMCG landscape forever. And, the results caught the attention of senior management who consistently ranked Renee in the top 5% of employees.

When the pandemic hit Australia Renee was part of the leadership team at Kmart leading the team responsible for taking the online store from $140 million to $290 million. But, when lockdowns restricted travel, Renee decided to move back to New Zealand to be close to family. In 2020, Renee gave up her leadership role at Kmart and moved back to New Zealand.

Arriving back home, Renee noticed how many businesses were struggling to create profitable businesses. Furthermore, nowhere for businesses to easily access the tools needed to learn how to grow without investing tens of thousands of dollars in advertising. Xplode Consulting was born out of the realization that the founder’s experience could be put to work helping companies double profit by breaking down the sales funnel, understanding what is broken, and deploying appropriate strategies to fix it.

Today, Xplode Consulting has a team of amazing award-winning consultants and advisors that help clients through the challenges of building profitable businesses. The company is about to launch a new learning portal giving low-cost access to business owners across the globe with all of our systems, templates and training – Xplode wants to reach 1M business owners and help transform businesses and help business owners get more revenue, more profit and more freedom.

For more information about Xplode Consulting visit them at

Xplode Consulting
+64 6 391 7599