Retail World Editor

SPAR Austria introduces reusable bags for fruit and vegetables

SPAR Austria is testing an alternative to plastic bags: a polyester net with a drawstring for loose fruit or vegetables, which is washable and environmentally friendly. The reusable bag is available as a four-pack in all INTERSPAR hypermarkets in the country for €1.49 ($2.33). Each bag can carry up to …

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Sabco Australia completes Oakwood acquisition

Cleaning goods company Sabco Australia has completed the strategic acquisition of the Oakwood brand and its large range of cleaning products for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition follows Sabco’s recent procurement of Asia Pacific Brands and the Mr Clean and Turtle Wax (accessories) brands, part of the business’s strategy to …

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Submissions open for 2018 POPAI awards

Entries are now open for POPAI’s 21st annual Marketing at Retail Awards. Covering 20 categories, the awards recognise and reward best practice, innovation, and excellence in retail and shopper marketing, and are open to Australian and New Zealand designers and producers of retail marketing material, brand owners, agencies, suppliers and …

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Melbourne shopping centre’s Virtual/Chill winter village

The QV Melbourne shopping centre is unveiling Virtual/Chill, a ‘winter village’ promoted as being complete with a “state-of-the-art new VR experience”. From today (May 18) until June 10, the central plaza at QV Melbourne, owned by Dexus Retail, will be transformed into a “modern Nordic wonderland”. Shoppers are invited to …

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What Australians really think about data privacy

Research into consumer attitudes to privacy has found that just 34 per cent of Australians surveyed think they are getting improved service in return for the personal data they give to companies. Recently undertaken by the Association for Data Driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA) and the Global Alliance of Data …

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Woolworths announces new dedicated Fresh Distribution Centre

Woolworths has announced plans to develop a new multi-million-dollar distribution facility in Victoria. The new Melbourne Fresh Distribution Centre (MFDC) will store and deliver fresh produce, plus some chilled products, and will be in Truganina in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Co-located with Woolworths MeatCo, distribution will be dedicated to …

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Healthy Food Partnership progress made

The Australian Government, food industry bodies and public health groups have met to discuss the progress of the Healthy Food Partnership. The Partnership, which met on May 11, 2018, is chaired by the Australian government Minister for Rural Health Senator Bridget McKenzie, and the executive committee comprises representatives from the …

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Competition drives down supermarket prices in WA

The establishment of international supermarkets chains in Western Australia has caused fresh fruit and veg prices in supermarkets to drop by the greatest margin across the country, according to the ‘Bankwest Future of Business: Focus on Supermarkets’ report. The report shows Perth has the country’s lowest CPI for food and …

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