Retail World Editor

Cautious welcome for more choice on tap and go

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has welcomed greater choice for retailers on tap and go payments, but urges more action. The ARA says it’s “pleased” that ANZ and Westpac have decided to give retailers a choice on how tap and go debit-card transactions are processed. But although it’s a “step …

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Budget boom: Aussie retailers enjoy 24-hour surge

Retail enjoyed a boom 24 hours following key announcements in the federal budget, says the National Retail Association (NRA). The NRA also says Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures show that the sector “broke free of its shackles” in February. ‘Welcome relief’ NRA CEO Dominique Lamb says the news regarding …

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Sugary drinks linked to premature death

Drinking sugary drinks, or sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB), heightens the risk of premature death, according to new research from Harvard University. According to the study, led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the main cause of this premature death is from cardiovascular disease (CVD). To a lesser extent, …

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Nielsen set to launch marketing cloud in Australia

Global measurement company Nielsen will hold Australian launch events for its marketing cloud on April 11 and 16. The Sydney launch will take place on April 11 and the Melbourne launch on April 16. According to the company, the Nielsen Marketing Cloud offers “a data management platform with rich, proprietary …

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Almost a third of global seafood labelling is wrong

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) says nearly a third of all seafood labelling worldwide is wrong. Some of the mislabelling is deliberate fraud, says the not-for-profit, and the problem is growing as demand for seafood rises. By contrast, researchers found that less than one per cent of more than 1,400 …

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Woolies sells fuel network, scales down BIG W

Woolworths has completed the sale of its petrol business to EG Group and will return the proceeds via a buyback. The buyback will be off market and return $1.7 billion to shareholders, Woolworths says. The offer period will open on April 16. Shareholder value Woolworths Group Chair Gordon Cairns says …

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Woolies to fund new generation of ‘environmental champions’

Woolworths says its Junior Landcare Grants program will help fund environmental initiatives in hundreds of schools across Australia. The supermarket will give 538 schools up to $1,000 each to encourage a new generation of “environmental champions”. This first round of the funding program will see up to half a million …

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Just one in ten Aussies always grocery shops online

Despite the long-predicted death of bricks-and-mortar shopping, online grocery shopping is a category that’s proving stubbornly resistant. This is the standout finding of new research commissioned by consumer awards program Product of the Year Australia (POY). It revealed that: Fewer than one in 10 consumers surveyed said they “always” shop …

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Spread bet – butter winning out against margarine

Aussies are increasingly choosing butter over margarine, while other spreads, including butter-blend and dairy spreads, are also increasing in popularity. This is one of the findings from Roy Morgan’s latest research in the 12 months to December 2018. According to Roy Morgan, more than 12.3 million Australians buy butter, margarine …

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San Remo releases Ready Pasta range

Australian pasta brand San Remo is launching a new Ready Pasta range, which it describes as “Australian-made and 100-per-cent preservative free”. There are three products in the range: macaroni, penne and spaghetti. All can be heated in the microwave in just 90 seconds, and each serves two people. Like all …

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