News

Kaufland picks Melbourne for Australian distribution centre

Kaufland, one of the world’s largest supermarket chains, will open its first Australian distribution centre at Merrifield Business Park, Melbourne. The business park is in the suburb of Mickleham, about 30km north of Melbourne’s CBD. Kaufland has bought a large 28-hectare site in the brand-new “masterplanned” community. It says it …

Read More »

Growing pains: cost of raising infants up by a quarter

The cost of raising a newborn from birth to four years old has risen by 26.3 per cent over the past five years, according to IBISWorld, with childcare the most “significant” cost. The industry research company estimates that Australian parents will spend more than $13.2 billion in 2018-19. Costs include …

Read More »

Community retail foodies challenging ‘big end of town’

Community-based retailing is challenging the ‘big end of town’ for the dollars of foodies and family diners, new data suggests. The government’s ‘Food demand in Australia: Trends and issues 2018’ report found that ‘Meals out and fast food’ jumped to 34 per cent of total food expenditure by a household …

Read More »

Make your job robot-proof, urges top recruiter

“Don’t just sit back and wait for automation to knock on your door,” warns Hays, as robots crank up the pressure on Aussie workers. In fact, the global recruiting experts say half of Australian workers have already seen their responsibilities change because of automation. Some have even named the growth …

Read More »

Well-meaning shoppers confused about sustainable labelling

Australians are confused about sustainable labelling and ecofriendly shopping, claims the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The MSC carried out the research for Sustainable Seafood Week. It found that 63 per cent of respondents were keen to do the right thing. But they also find the number of diets, fads and ‘green’ …

Read More »

Coca-Cola tops Euromonitor list of global megabrands

Coca-Cola has topped Euromonitor International’s list of worldwide megabrands, pushing bitter rivals Pepsi into second place. The global market research company recently unveiled its list of top 100 megabrands. It ranked the world’s leading FMCG brands by retail sales value in 2017. The report found that global FMCG sales reached …

Read More »

January trade figures ‘softer’ than forecast, says ARA

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) says the January 2019 trade figures have fallen short of forecasts, indicating “conservative” post-Christmas trade. The figures, which the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released on Friday, show a 2.66 per cent total growth year-on-year. ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said: “As we forecasted a …

Read More »

Coles and eBay join forces to boost online grocery shopping

Coles and eBay Australia have teamed up to allow eBay users to buy Coles products on the ecommerce portal. eBay users can now shop from Coles’ perishable and non-perishable everyday essentials across a variety of categories. These include select prepacked fresh food, pantry, personal care and household items. Shoppers in metro Sydney, …

Read More »

Foodland is Roy Morgan Supermarket of the Year – again

Foodland has won Roy Morgan’s Supermarket of the Year for 2018, “rated as having the most satisfied supermarket customers Australia-wide”. It won the same award last year, making it a stunning double for the independent South Australian supermarket. The Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Awards are now in their eighth year. …

Read More »

Three in four Aussies still eat home-cooked meals

Despite the relentless drive towards convenience, most Australians still prefer to eat home-cooked meals, says new research. Global research company the NPD Group did a pilot study on home-prepared meals. It found that nine in ten respondents have a home-prepared meal made from store-bought ingredients within a four-week period. In …

Read More »