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Finders keepers: retaining employees and lowering costs

Retaining employees saves time, effort and money. A good employee experience or engagement program are crucial. Steve Bennetts is Senior Principal Consultant, Employee Experience, at software and management company Qualtrics. He said: “The cost of employee turnover can be massive. “Some estimates put it at up to 200 per cent …

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Ombudsman urges support for SME export opportunities

Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed a report on small and medium enterprises and their access to free trade agreements. The recent Joint Standing Committee report looked at how SMEs could participate in FTAs. Ms Carnell threw her weight behind its key recommendations and urged “bi-partisan support” for the sake of …

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Nielsen launches virtual reality ‘SmartStore’ in Australia

Nielsen has launched an immersive 3D SmartStore that it says will help clients make “faster, smarter, shopper-centric decisions”. The company launched SmartStore last week at invitation-only events in Sydney and Melbourne. It says that more than 200 of its clients across the retail, FMCG, finance and media-agency sectors experienced the …

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Coles links up with Optus for high-speed network

Coles has signed a multi-year partnership with Optus Business for digital network and telecommunications services, the companies have announced. According to a statement, Coles’ new network will “deliver a range of benefits to improve the shopping experience and help make life easier for our customers and team members”. The supermarket …

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Calling all start-ups – get lift off at the Anuga Trade Fair

Are you a young company offering products for the food and beverage sector? Then the Anuga Trade Fair could be the place for you. This is your chance to present your products at what the organisers call “the world’s largest and leading trade fair for food distributors, retailers and HoReCA”. …

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Small businesses can now ‘stand up’ to big business – MGA

Master Grocers Australia (MGA) has welcomed the government’s decision to allow easier access to justice for small businesses. According to MGA, the ‘Small Business Access to Justice’ policy aims to help small businesses bring cases of anti-competitive behaviour to court. It does so by allowing requests for a ‘no adverse costs order’ …

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New anti-slavery law puts Aussie businesses on alert

The Modern Slavery Act (2018) came into force this year. Businesses will have to look hard at their supply chains. First, some definitions. What is ‘modern slavery’? Although definitions vary, according to the Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association (ACAPMA), it essentially refers to “situations where a person cannot refuse …

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Coles Express and Viva Energy strike new 10-year alliance

Coles Express and Viva Energy have agreed on terms for a 10-year extension of their current alliance. According to ACAPMA, the announcement comes in the face of “sustained public criticism” over the high fuel prices Coles Express’ 780 service stations have allegedly charged in recent years. Some industry analysts expect …

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