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Want to join the Red Bull crew at Bathurst 1000?

Red Bull is giving people the chance to join the Red Bull Holden Racing Team at the Bathurst 1000. It’s supporting the offer with new Limited Edition Red Bull packs across all channels nationwide, launching in-store from June 3. ‘Join the Crew’ Red Bull is inviting fans to ‘Join the …

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Supermarket shoppers want ‘fresh and local food’

Australian consumers want ‘fresh and local food’, according to the first CHOICE Supermarket Satisfaction Survey. Local brands are the big winners, with NSW’s Harris Farm Markets and SA’s Foodland taking out the top spots. Retail titans Coles and Woolworths were left propping up the bottom of the table, while Aldi …

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Don’t be shocked to see defibrillators in Woolworths

Woolworths has begun installing defibrillators in its stores for customers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest. The supermarket has installed its first automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Sydney. It says it aims to have them in 500 stores by the end of June. Sydney aside, Woolworths says it’s prioritising stores in …

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‘Poor online experiences’ damaging Aussie retail

Poor customer carting and checkout experiences are deterring Aussie shoppers from using mobile phones to complete their purchases, says Bazaarvoice. It says its new research shows a clear need for Australian retailers to improve their mobile shopping capability through: Authentic content Better “discoverability” (eg, through search engines) Easier paths to …

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Aldi vs Transport Workers Union: the battle begins

Aldi has begun legal proceedings against the Transport Workers Union (TWU) that involve both worker safety and freedom of speech. The federal court case is now underway. The TWU says it “could have far-reaching consequences for anyone who wants to protest against poor workplace safety, environmental or rights abuses”. Background …

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Robots R Us – Aussie workers don’t fear automation

Far from being worried, Australian ‘knowledge workers’ are ready to adapt to and embrace automation, according to a new report. The report, ‘Automate or Stagnate: The Impact of Intelligent Automation on the Future of Work’, comes from software company Blue Prism. It draws on research derived from nearly 5,000 respondents …

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Want to stay employable? Then keep ‘upskilling’, urges Hays

Global recruitment firm Hays has urged Australians to keep “upskilling” to stay employable during the “fourth industrial revolution”. This is the name given to the current era of runaway automation and artificial intelligence in the workplace. Hays says updating digital skills will be crucial if workers are going to weather …

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Sustainable packaging has hit global ‘tipping point’

Awareness of the environmental toll of plastic pollution is accelerating the drive towards sustainable packaging worldwide, says a report. According to Innova Market Insights’ ‘Top Ten Packaging Trends for 2019’, plastic packaging reached a “tipping point” in 2018. The report says it’s the result of such measures as widespread bans …

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Coles and Woolies release third-quarter results

Each of the ‘big two’, Coles and Woolworths, reported third-quarter growth in supermarket sales, according to their latest results. Coles says it delivered a “solid outcome”, while also enjoying growth in Coles Online of 27 per cent. Woolworths hailed its own “sales momentum” and, like Coles, clocked up impressive growth …

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