Retail World Editor

Drakes gears up for wholesale market venture

Drakes Supermarkets is preparing to enter the wholesale market and has chosen Infor as its technology partner. It’s currently building a “state-of-the-art warehouse facility” in Edinburgh North, Adelaide. This will serve both its retail operations and wholesale customers. It will also be capable of warehousing ambient, fresh, chilled and frozen …

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Ombudsman welcomes proposed overhaul of ‘jobactive’

Kate Carnell has welcomed Labor’s policy announcement to overhaul jobactive, which she says is letting small businesses down. In a recent statement, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman was scathing about the employment services system. “(It’s) not meeting the needs of small business operators in Australia,” she said. …

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Christmas sales should meet forecasts, says NRA

The National Retail Association (NRA) says the ‘strong’ retail sales for November 2018 suggest Christmas sales will hit forecasts. It made the announcement after the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its latest Retail Trade report. The report showed an increase in turnover of 0.4 per cent (seasonally adjusted). Based …

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Kraft Heinz appoints Joanne Chin as Chief People Officer in Australia

Kraft Heinz, the world’s fifth largest food and beverage company, has appointed Joanne Chin as Chief People Officer in Australia. The company says Ms Chin joins its executive leadership team at a time of great expansion both “globally and locally”. It adds that it has grown in the past year, …

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MGA praises government for double dipping regulation

Master Grocers Australia (MGA) has praised Minister Kelly O’Dwyer for taking “prompt action” in stopping double dipping for casual employees. In 2018, a federal court decided a casual worker employed on a regular basis could claim annual and sick leave. The employer had therefore breached the Fair Work Act, the …

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Coles launches free health and beauty mag

Coles has launched Coles Health and Beauty, a new free quarterly magazine available in supermarkets across Australia. The supermarket describes the new magazine as “filled with expert-led information about how to get healthy and look and feel great”. It will also offer tips on “how to find the best products …

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Global grocery markets to hit $2.6tn by 2023

The leading 20 global grocery markets are set to generate an additional $2.6 trillion in sales, says global research organisation IGD. Main findings IGD predicts growth of 28 per cent between 2018 and 2023. It anticipates: Nearly half (44 per cent) of the extra sales will be created in Asia, …

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So how was Amazon’s first year in Australia?

Amazon Australia has revealed its top-selling items from the past year – and some of the shopping trends it’s seen so far. They’re all in the ‘Amazon Australia 2018 Trends Report’. The retail titan says it’s grown its available selection fivefold since its launch Down Under. It now offers nearly …

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Just one in ten Aussies buys eco-labelled fish and seafood

New research by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) suggests Australians’ passion for seafood sustainability may not match their buying behaviour. The MSC, which describes itself as “an international, science-based, non-profit organisation”, found that three in four (74 per cent) Australian shoppers believe we should buy certified-sustainable seafood to safeguard our …

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Big banks still ‘feeding’ off SMEs

Ombudsman Kate Carnell says she’s concerned that major banks still haven’t lowered costs for the use of debit cards. Despite promises, she says, the banks still haven’t put into action the “least-cost routing” of debit cards’ tap-and-go payments. ‘Still waiting’ “The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics recommended banks …

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