Retail World Editor

Rob Scott takes the reins at Wesfarmers

Announced as Richard Goyder’s successor in February, Rob Scott officially became Wesfarmers Managing Director following the company’s AGM yesterday (November 16). Mr Scott said he felt “very humbled and excited” to assume the position, adding that Mr Goyder had set the leadership bar very high. “It’s a big responsibility to …

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Bulla launches new Pure Cream

Bulla Family Dairy (Bulla) has introduced Pure Cream, promoting it as “rich, creamy and decadent” with a fat content of 45 per cent and “unique” in the cream market. Bulla says that with its 107-year cream-making heritage, it is committed to time-honoured traditions and has created a new product for …

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MGA: NSW container deposit laws will destroy small and independently owned businesses

New container deposit laws in NSW will operate from December 1, 2017, and from that date, says MGA Independent Retailers CEO Jos de Bruin, independently owned businesses on the NSW borders will suffer the consequences. “MGA has pleaded with the Minister for the Environment, Minister Upton, to listen to the …

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Retailers win big at Product of the Year Awards

More than two-thirds of this year’s Product of the Year Award-winning products are from private-label or retailer-exclusive brands. ALDI Australia won 13 categories in the 2018 Product of the Year Awards, building on its success in 2015, 2016 and 2017, when it won in eight, 12 and 16 categories, respectively. …

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Shoppers tipped to spend $50bn-plus this Christmas

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and Roy Morgan Research’s Annual Pre-Christmas Sales Predictions indicate shoppers will spend more than $50 billion in Australia’s retail stores over the Christmas trading period from November 15 to December 24. ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says that although the Australian retail industry has been …

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Morgan’s SUPA IGA Melton welcomes fresh sushi offer

Victorian store Morgan’s SUPA IGA Melton has teamed up with sushi company Go Sushi to combine “delicious product” with an “enticing in-store atmosphere”. On entering the store, customers are now greeted with sushi chefs busy making sushi rolls, lunch and dinner packs, and more. Brothers Neal and Peter Morgan, the …

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Woolworths to adopt Australasian Recycling Label

Woolworths is the first Australian supermarket to commit to adopting the new Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) for its private-label goods. The new labelling system, developed by Planet Ark, is aimed at supporting customers in the disposing of packaging correctly and efficiently, highlighting what needs to be done with each piece …

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Australian shoppers rethink their priorities

New research from ALDI Australia indicates that rising costs combined with lifestyle changes are shifting consumer behaviour, with private label and “little luxuries” the big winners. ALDI Australia’s ‘Household Expenditure Report’, with research conducted by Deloitte Access Economics, reinforces popular commentary that Australian households are feeling the pinch now more …

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Amazon courts local suppliers

Amazon’s first Australian Seller Summit was attended by hundreds of people who came to hear how businesses can use the online retail giant’s third-party selling platform, Amazon Marketplace, to grow. The event, organised in partnership with the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and the SME Association of Australia (SMEA), was held …

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Preview: Supply Chain Management Australia 2017

The efficiency of Australia’s supply chain and logistics industry is vital to the nation’s productivity and economic wellbeing. Cost-efficient supply-chain and logistics operations allow Australian exporters to profitably reach key international markets, help Australian manufacturers to remain cost-competitive in the face of cheap imports, and enable firms within Australia to …

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