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Australians love to be rewarded for loyalty

New research from Mastercard reveals that nine out of ten Australians have a loyalty card in their pockets. Surveying 7,000 loyalty-program participants from across Asia Pacific (APAC), the inaugural study ‘Achieving Advocacy and Influence in a Changing Loyalty Landscape’ is one of the biggest loyalty studies conducted in the APAC …

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Irexchange gains access to temperature-controlled fulfillment

Emergent Cold, described as one of Australia’s leading temperature-controlled supply-chain specialists, and technology disruptor irexchange, have signed a Heads of Agreement (Agreement) to support the next phase of growth for both businesses. The Agreement outlines a collaboration between Emergent Cold and irexchange that will provide temperature-controlled flow-through DC transport and …

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Next generation of banknotes: $50 design reveal

The Reserve Bank has revealed the design of the new $50 banknote, which will be released into general circulation in October 2018. As with the existing banknote, the new $50 features portraits of Aboriginal writer and inventor David Unaipon and the first female member of an Australian parliament, Edith Cowan. …

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Retailers welcome delay in Qld Container Refund Scheme

The Queensland government has delayed the implementation of the state’s Container Refund Scheme from July 1 to November 1, so that lessons from the NSW experience can be learned. NSW’s ‘Return and Earn’ container deposit scheme (CDS) was launched on December 1 last year and has faced criticism from retail …

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Business view of the economy best in seven years

Overall assessment of the economy among Australian businesses has reached its highest level since December 2010, according to the latest Sensis Business Index (SBI).  Almost three in 10 surveyed small and medium businesses said they believed the economy was growing – nearly double the proportion that believed it was slowing, …

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IGA President’s Cup awarded to NSW Distribution Centre

The Metcash Distribution Centre in Huntingwood, NSW, was awarded the President’s Cup Award at the IGA International Awards of Excellence, which took place in Las Vegas, US, on February 11. The President’s Cup is awarded to the IGA Global Logistics Distribution Centre and/or master franchisee that has “shown true leadership …

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Leading digital asset provider acquired by GS1 Australia

DLibrary, Australia’s traditional market leader in digital product photography, online hosting and distribution services, has been acquired by GS1 Australia. GS1 Australia Executive Director and CEO Maria Palazzolo says the acquisition is aligned with GS1 Australia’s mission to provide suppliers, retailers and industry with a state-of-the art solution to manage …

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Woolworths’ cleaning contractors fall afoul of workplace laws

A Fair Work Ombudsman inquiry into the procurement of cleaners in Tasmanian supermarkets found that 90 per cent of Woolworths’ supermarket sites in the state were non-compliant. The inquiry was begun in late 2014 in response to intelligence received by the Fair Work Ombudsman that supermarket cleaners in the state …

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Retail CIOs concerned about digital performance management

An independent global survey has revealed 77 per cent of retail CIOs are concerned that increasing IT complexity could soon make digital-performance management impossible. The research, which was released by Dynatrace, showed that rapid adoption of new technologies is creating a major headache for retailers’ IT teams, which now spend …

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