Retail World Editor

Melbourne Square to become major retail destination

Melbourne’s largest mixed-use urban precinct, Melbourne Square, will soon provide locals with access to shopping, dining and cafe facilities, including Southbank’s first full-line supermarket. Melbourne Square’s property developer, OSK Property, announced the deal with Woolworths that will give Southbank residents access to major retail amenities including a 3,800sqm two-storey supermarket …

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Retailers band together to combat scammers

Brisbane CBD and Fortitude Valley retailers will band together next week in the Australia-first National Retail Association (NRA) SafeCity Network trial to share their experiences of retail crime, on the back of a spate of scammer incidents in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. NRA Policy Manager David Stout says local …

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Larger companies driving business confidence

Business confidence, as measured by Roy Morgan, has begun 2018 at its best two-month level since 2014 – driven largely by businesses with an annual turnover of $5 million or more. The Roy Morgan Business Confidence index was down 3.5 points (2.8 per cent) to 120 in February following the …

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Woolworths puts an end to gift card expiry dates

The Woolworths Group has announced all its gift cards will be sold without expiry dates from March 31, 2018. This flexibility will also be extended to customers with active gift cards bought on or after March 31, 2017. The move improves on Woolworths’ previous commitment to extend expiry dates from …

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Fonterra partners with active nutrition startup Foodspring

Fonterra has announced its entry into the growing active nutrition consumer segment through a strategic partnership with German active nutrition startup Foodspring. Fonterra’s Chief Operating Officer for Velocity and Innovation Judith Swales says the deal creates a range of exciting new business and market development opportunities with the active nutrition …

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Just one in five Australians confident in first aid

St John Ambulance Victoria has revealed that 83 per cent of Australians don’t feel confident in responding to a first-aid emergency and 43 per cent of all workers have never completed first-aid training. The not-for-profit organisation found that almost half of Australians have never been trained in first aid, while …

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Australian retail innovation lags behind national average

A new report from Commonwealth Bank showed that only 17 per cent of retailers are innovating in direct response to customer feedback, while just 15 per cent are innovating due to observed changes in customer needs. Furthermore, only 10 per cent of retailers are seeking to drive innovation to protect …

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Leading Queensland IGA supermarkets recognised at the IGA Awards of Excellence

The annual IGA Awards of Excellence were held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 16. Three exemplary stores, White’s IGA Peregian Beach, Ritchies SUPA IGA Boonah and IGA X-press Bowen Hills, all in Queensland, were recognised after winning the key awards for IGA Store of the Year, …

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Romeo’s Retail Group dominates at IGA NSW/ACT Awards

The IGA NSW/ACT Awards of Excellence were held at Showtime in Melbourne on March 5. Three exemplary stores, Romeo’s Food Hall IGA MLC Martin Place, Romeo’s Food Hall IGA Summer Hill and Lovey’s IGA X-press Hawks Nest, all in NSW, were recognised after winning the key awards for IGA Store …

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