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Cutting the red tape

The federal government has reportedly committed to cutting unnecessary regulation for small businesses, a move welcomed by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell. Ms Carnell says small businesses and family enterprises are calling for less unnecessary regulation so that they can focus on actually growing their …

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FMCG marketing celebrated at Shop! ANZ awards

The best of the best in FMCG marketing design was celebrated at last night’s Shop! ANZ 2019 Marketing at Retail Awards. Ferrero Australia and Kraft Heinz took home the night’s biggest prizes. Ferrero Australia’s Kinder Halloween POP display by Orora Specialty Packaging and The Mix Agency won several Awards throughout …

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Customer loyalty schemes a cause of concern

Customer loyalty schemes, including frequent flyer, supermarket and credit card operators, must ensure they are not misleading consumers according to an ACCC draft report. The ACCC’s Customer Loyalty Schemes draft report raises concerns about the opaque terms and conditions of loyalty schemes preventing consumers from making informed choices that align with their …

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Fonterra enjoys benefits of technology

Fonterra New Zealand’s distribution centre had been challenged though reception of a mix of orders needing consolidation at the same store or depot. Problems in the system included that there was no way of easily knowing what had been delivered, when it had been delivered and what had been accepted. …

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Flexigroup reveals ‘debit card on steroids’ with Mastercard

Flexigroup has announced a new buy now, pay later (BNPL) innovation in partnership with Mastercard. Named Bundll, the new product allows consumers to buy anything, anywhere, now, and pay later with no interest and no strings attached. It is claimed to be the first of its kind to allow consumers …

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Food trends at APAC Food Safety Conference

A session at last week’s APAC Food Safety Conference in Sydney explored consumer food trends. Among the speakers were: Mark Field (Senior Food and Retail Industry Technical and Commercial Executive). Felipe Favaro (General Manager, Hemp Foods Australia General). Paul Saeki (Kakadu Plum Business Development Manager, Indigenous Land & Sea Corporation). …

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ACCC focuses on unfair contract terms for small businesses

The ACCC says unfair contract terms are a “key focus” in its latest ‘Small Business in Focus’ report. The twice-yearly report provides an update on key developments in the small business, franchising, and agriculture sectors. It also reports on the ACCC’s continued actions to protect small businesses against terms in a …

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Ombudsman calls for action to address small business growth

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell says she is deeply concerned by fresh data showing small business growth is in crisis. She urges the government to do more to break down the barriers to business expansion. “The Institute of Public Affairs’ (IPA) latest research has found …

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