Retail World Editor

A good Patch: compostable bandages now in Woolies

Patch Bamboo Bandages, claimed to be the world’s first organic, hypoallergenic compostable wound-care solution, are being launched in Woolworths nationally this month. A product of “natural solutions” company Nutricare, Patch Strips are said to have reached a global market in just over 12 months and are now available in more …

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Three in four Aussies still eat home-cooked meals

Despite the relentless drive towards convenience, most Australians still prefer to eat home-cooked meals, says new research. Global research company the NPD Group did a pilot study on home-prepared meals. It found that nine in ten respondents have a home-prepared meal made from store-bought ingredients within a four-week period. In …

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Zebra scan-as-you-go earns its stripes at PAK’nSAVE

PAK’nSAVE in New Zealand is offering customers scan-as-you-go devices from Zebra Technologies to streamline their shopping experience. Zebra says its handheld PS20 computers give customers complete, real-time information about their spending as they shop. PAK’nSAVE has deployed the personal shopping system at supermarkets in New Zealand’s lower North Island. The …

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Amazon announces 500 new permanent jobs in Australia

Amazon will create 500 new permanent jobs in its fulfilment network over the next year, it has announced. The news comes six months after the retail giant opened its second fulfilment centre in Sydney. The first of the 500 new jobs will come up at its Dandenong South facility in …

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Hobart to become Australia’s first plastic-free city?

Hobart could become the first Aussie city to ban single-use plastics by 2020 after a vote in the city council. The council voted eight to four in favour of the bylaw, although several hurdles remain before it would come into force. In fact, the entire statutory process could take up …

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Metcash to invest $270m in store network

A rebranding of the store network and a trial of 10 small format convenience stores are among the initiatives announced by Metcash at its strategy update this week. The wholesaler announced investment plans of $270m over five years across its business. This includes a potential $165m capex in food initiatives. …

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Coles links up with Optus for high-speed network

Coles has signed a multi-year partnership with Optus Business for digital network and telecommunications services, the companies have announced. According to a statement, Coles’ new network will “deliver a range of benefits to improve the shopping experience and help make life easier for our customers and team members”. The supermarket …

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Calling all start-ups – get lift off at the Anuga Trade Fair

Are you a young company offering products for the food and beverage sector? Then the Anuga Trade Fair could be the place for you. This is your chance to present your products at what the organisers call “the world’s largest and leading trade fair for food distributors, retailers and HoReCA”. …

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Woolworths fires up $57m Adelaide expansion

Woolworths is starting a $57 million expansion of its existing Adelaide Regional Distribution Centre (ARDC), which will include 3,500 solar panels. The ARDC’s sustainability credentials will include thousands of solar panels and expanded recycling facilities. The project will also create about 140 local jobs throughout construction. Woolworths and Hutchinson Builders …

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Choice urges Aussies to call out ‘fake’ price tricks

Choice is calling on Australians to resist “fake” supermarket price tricks by telling the Treasury to reform unit pricing. Unit prices are the shop labels that show prices per litre/grams/kilograms, etc. They therefore give a true comparison of cost between different pack sizes. Not-for-profit consumer organisation Choice surveyed Australians on …

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