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Industry heads host roundtable discussion on small-business finance

The Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA) recently participated in a roundtable discussion about small-business finance convened by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). The meeting was held in Sydney and co-chaired by RBA Governor Philip Lowe, COSBOA Chairman (and Australian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association CEO) Mark McKenzie, and …

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Events: Future Food Brisbane

Food Innovation Australia (FIAL) and Brisbane Marketing are collaborating to bring together the Future Food Brisbane initiative – a series of workshops and events created specifically for the food and agribusiness industry. The program includes: China e-commerce market readiness This workshop is aimed at providing a comprehensive understanding on: China’s …

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GlobalData pushes FMCGs to experiment with voice-recognition technology

Leading data and analytics company, GlobalData says voice-activated devices are becoming a ubiquitous presence in consumers’ lives and the growing market for virtual digital assistants presents new opportunities for retailer and brands. According to GlobalData’s report ForeSights: Voice-Activated Shopping, voice-activated shopping is multi-tasking friendly and can increases the ease and …

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Ombudsman calls for small businesses in trouble with ATO to “contact us”

Small-business owners are advised to urgently contact the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell if they have experienced heavy-handed tactics from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). “Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly O’Dwyer has requested an inquiry into the allegations raised in the joint Fairfax/Four …

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Fully automated mixed-pallet technology for Coca-Cola Amatil

In the expansion of and automation of its Auckland distribution centre, Coca-Cola Amatil has selected Swisslog’s fully automated robot-based picking system, ACPaQ. Promoted as combining robotic solutions for palletising and depalletising with Swisslog’s CycloneCarrier shuttle technology, the ACPaQ is claimed to create a “fully automated process that facilitates high throughput …

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Mobile loyalty app offers ‘footfall guarantee’ for retailers

Stocard, a mobile loyalty ‘wallet’, is offering current and future customers an incremental lift in sales conversions and footfall or their money back. After running hundreds of digital campaigns for high-profile Australian brands such as Country Road, Target and Dan Murphys, Stocard says it has seen an upsurge in footfall …

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Calls to investigate ATO after cash-grab allegations

Federal Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwyer has launched an investigation into the Australian Tax Office (ATO) following reports of vulnerable small businesses and individuals being targeted to help meet revenue goals. A joint investigation by ABC-TV’s Four Corners program and Fairfax Media has revealed unethical tactics, including an ‘hour of power’ …

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Free interactive loss-prevention workshop for retailers

The Profit Protection Future Forum will hold two workshops in Melbourne and Sydney next month. The events are free for retailers, but numbers are strictly limited. Each Profit Protection Future Forum conference is organised based on feedback from retailers that attended the previous events. At the last conference in October …

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ARA pushes for streamlining payment options

The Australian Retailers Association has released its submission to the draft report of the Productivity Commission (PC) inquiry into competition in the financial system, advocating for payment reform to promote a more competitive, lower-cost payments system. ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says key issues for retailers already struggling with high …

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