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Want to give your SME the edge? Make it sustainable

Nearly three in four Australian consumers now seek out companies they see as sustainable and ethical, according to new research. The SME Pulse 2018: Strategies for Sustainable Growth study was carried out by American Express in partnership with Oxford Economics. It found that almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of shoppers …

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AFGC Code of Conduct draft report published

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has welcomed the draft report for the review of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct. AFGC CEO Ms Tanya Barden says the draft report makes several recommendations that seek to strengthen the Code, which establishes key rules in the commercial relations between …

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NRA announces National Retail Awards shortlist

More than 40 finalists have been shortlisted for the National Retail Association’s (NRA) 2018 National Retail Awards. According to the NRA, the line-up of finalists is proving to be one of the most innovative and diverse in the event’s long-running history. “Retailers who’ve been in the game for a long …

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Think you’ve got what it takes to win an ARA award?

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is calling all retailers to put themselves forward for the 2018 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards. This year’s awards, entitled ‘The Retail Realm: thinking outside the shop’, will touch on every element in the retail sphere. This includes customer experience, technology, payments, sustainability, supply chain, …

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ACCC to check country-of-origin food labelling

From July 1, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will start checking compliance with the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard. The ACCC will carry out checks on 10,000 food products to ensure businesses are displaying the new labels correctly. All businesses, including manufacturers, processors and importers that …

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Australia can lead the fight against illicit trade, says ARA

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) believes Australia is performing well against illicit trade, but now needs to extend its expertise. An ARA-commissioned report, ‘The Global Illicit Trade Environment Index’, shows that Australia is ranked number five globally (against 84 countries) in combating illicit trade. But the report also says that because …

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New Fair Work Ombudsman appointed

Sandra Parker has been appointed Fair Work Ombudsman for a five-year term, starting on July 15, 2018. Minister for Small and Family Business, the Workplace and Deregulation, Craig Laundy said, “I congratulate Ms Parker on her appointment. Her distinguished public-service career, and extensive experience in complex environments including policy, regulation …

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Amazon Prime launches in Australia

Prime is Amazon’s membership program, which the company claims is used by more than 100 million paid members around the world, offering free delivery on eligible items. Amazon claims the new service will offer free two-business-day delivery to nearly 90 per cent of Australians. “We hope that Australians will love …

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Almost half the population now shops online

There has been a significant increase in the number of Australians shopping online, according to new research from Roy Morgan. The research found that over the year to March 2018, 9.46 million Australians (46.8 per cent of the population) aged 14 and older bought something online in an average four-week …

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Ombudsman gets behind superannuation amnesty for SMEs

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Economics hearing on the Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Superannuation Measures No. 1) Bill 2018. “Yesterday [Tuesday June 12] I outlined my support for the 12 month Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty in this Bill, so the …

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