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Green plastic that fertilises too

What do you get if you put the chemistry, agriculture and business expertise of some graduate students together: a zero waste, biodegradable and completely environmentally friendly solution to packaging that also fertilises soil. Carapac was born out of the University of Sydney’s ‘Inventing the Future’ program, which calls on highly …

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Safe haven for collective negotiation on the cards

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is proposing to implement a class exemption that would allow franchisees and fuel retailers to collectively negotiate with their franchisor or fuel wholesalers. The ACCC is trying to gain support for this exemption that would also enable small businesses to collectively negotiate with their …

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Woolworths to trial new 2D barcodes to cut food waste

Woolworths will become the first Australian supermarket to trial data-embedded (or 2D) barcodes from August. The supermarket says the new barcodes could reduce the millions of tonnes of food waste in Australia each year and eliminate the risk of customers buying expired products. They could also be useful in the …

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Disruption Podcast: Caroline Waite, ‘Discovery Driven’

Superior Sales Consulting’s Disruption Podcast series shares the stories behind some of the biggest disruptors in FMCG. Retail World has compiled highlights from Episode 6, ‘Discovery Driven’, which interviews Frucor Suntory Sales Director Caroline Waite (right). Could you give a quick snapshot of where you grew up, live now and …

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Ombudsman welcomes faster payments to Qld SMEs

Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed the Queensland government’s commitment to faster payment terms for small businesses. Ms Carnell has also urged other states and territories to follow suit, after expressing disappointment that it took so long. “A reduction in invoice payment times from 30 days to 20 days is to …

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Disruption Podcast: David Freeman, ‘Personal Disruptor’

Superior Sales Consulting’s Disruption Podcast series shares the stories behind some of the biggest disruptors in FMCG. Retail World has compiled highlights from Episode 5, ‘Personal Disruptor’, which interviews h2coco CEO David Freeman (right). Could you give a quick snapshot of where you grew up, went to school and some …

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SMC to feature at Brisbane for FoodTech Qld 2019

Following on from its success at AUSPACK 2019 and the launch of Open IIoT, SMC will be showcasing at FoodTech Qld in July 2019. SMC says it will use this as an opportunity to “engage with visitors and demonstrate its solutions for the food and beverage industries”. The company has …

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Reduce risk in your supply chain in three steps

While eliminating risk entirely from your supply chain is unrealistic, there’s plenty you can do to reduce it, says Upstream. Any business that depends on a supply chain has to live with risk. Supply-chain risks include: Unpredictable demand Interruption to supply Environmental fluctuations Financial volatility Physical conditions. But while businesses …

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Follow through on SME commitments, urges Ombudsman

Ombudsman Kate Carnell says the returned coalition government must make good on its pre-election commitments to small businesses. She called its focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) a “major factor” in its surprise election win. But she added that she now expects the coalition to act on its campaign …

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