Retail World Editor

Tough start to year as consumers tighten their belts

Real (inflation-adjusted) retail turnover growth was 1.2 per cent for the year to March 2017, according to Deloitte Access Economics’ latest Retail Forecasts subscriber report. Deloitte Access Economics partner and report author David Rumbens says the March quarter was a low point for retail spending, continuing what has been a …

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International news: UK online grocery sales set to surpass $18.6 billion

The value of virtual shopping baskets is growing at a faster rate than physical ones, in the UK, with Mintel forecasting 12 per cent growth in 2017. The growth in the market comes as an increasing number of shoppers are choosing to forgo their trip to the supermarket. Almost 29 …

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Trial puts healthy supermarkets to the test

Seven independent IGA supermarkets in Bendigo and Geelong in Victoria are taking part in a campaign to promote better food choices as part of the ‘Eat Well @ IGA’ project – a partnership between Deakin University, the City of Greater Bendigo, VicHealth and IGA. Lead researcher Dr Adrian Cameron, from …

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Yowie back on shelves thanks to The Distributors

The Yowie milk-chocolate treat has returned to Australian store shelves after a 12-year absence, with a new recipe. Nut free and gluten free with no GMO, palm oil, trans fat or high-fructose corn syrup, Yowie is ethically sourced with Rainforest Alliance certification. The Yowie is available as a ‘wildlife-playmate’ collectable, …

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Unilever dominates with 13 brands in Kantar Worldpanel global top 50

Thirteen of Unilever’s brands have been awarded spots in the Kantar Worldpanel’s top 50 most chosen FMCG brands. The analysis of FMCG brands covers around one billion households and 300 billion shopper decisions across 39 countries. This data then measures which brands are being bought by the most consumers, most …

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Australian SMEs have say in policy making

A Small Business Association of Australia (SBAA) summit this week aimed to provide a framework for a fairer, level playing field for Australian SMEs, with those attending given the opportunity for input in the blueprint for policy-making for SMEs. The summit (May 30-31) at the Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast …

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Compliance for SMEs a must by EOFY

The federal Government is urging SMEs to ensure workplace compliance by the end of the financial year on June 30. In a statement, Employsure, an employment-regulations and work, health and safety service, recently reminded Australian SMEs to guarantee they are meeting their legal requirements, including all the changes to wage …

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Brands set to donate 1m extra food items in Foodbank Shop & Share campaign

For its third successive year, Foodbank’s annual campaign will involve 15 of Australia’s top food brands donating one-for-one from selected products sold at Woolworths stores in the month of July. Ardmona, Devondale, John West, Chicken Tonight, Old El Paso, Vetta, McCain Foods Australia, Helga’s, SunRice, SPC, Primo, Mount Franklin, Continental, …

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Grocery stores of the future

The 10 critical considerations for the survival of physical grocery stores are covered in a report from international grocery research organisation IGD for the Consumer Goods Forum. The free-to-download report not only features the areas all grocery stores should be focusing on to ensure their future relevance, but also gives …

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