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Just one in ten Aussies buys eco-labelled fish and seafood

New research by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) suggests Australians’ passion for seafood sustainability may not match their buying behaviour. The MSC, which describes itself as “an international, science-based, non-profit organisation”, found that three in four (74 per cent) Australian shoppers believe we should buy certified-sustainable seafood to safeguard our …

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Big banks still ‘feeding’ off SMEs

Ombudsman Kate Carnell says she’s concerned that major banks still haven’t lowered costs for the use of debit cards. Despite promises, she says, the banks still haven’t put into action the “least-cost routing” of debit cards’ tap-and-go payments. ‘Still waiting’ “The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics recommended banks …

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Tesco and VW take charge with electric cars

Tesco and Volkswagen say they’re developing the UK’s largest retail electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Customers will be able to charge their electric cars using a normal 7kW charger for free. Or they’ll be able to use a ‘rapid’ 50kW charger for a small cost in line with market rates. …

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Woolworths launches The Kitchen in Sydney’s east

Double Bay in Sydney’s eastern suburbs is now home to a brand-new custom-made concept offering from Woolworths called The Kitchen. Organic, healthy options and sustainability initiatives are at The Kitchen’s heart, says Woolworths. The new store complements the extensive offer already available to local customers at the Woolworths supermarket situated …

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Consumers ‘constrained’ by falling property prices

Retailers are positive heading into the Christmas period after a relatively good year so far, says Deloitte Access Economics. But falling property prices could darken the picture for the year ahead. It’s also been another year in which the household savings rate has tumbled as income growth fails to keep …

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ARA hits back at ‘prehistoric’ Boxing Day ban

NSW Opposition Leader Michael Daley has declared plans to cease Boxing Day trading. But the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) isn’t happy. In a tweet last week, Mr Daley said: “There is no good reason why shops should be open on Boxing Day. It’s all about corporate greed. That’s why, a …

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October trade figures bode well for festive season

October trade figures suggest a strong lead-up to the Christmas trading period, with a 3.56 per cent total year-on-year increase. The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) welcomed the figures, just released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says the results should increase confidence and he …

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Just their cup of tea: Woolworths honours Twinings

AB Foods (Twinings) has won the top prize at Woolworths’ annual Supplier of the Year Awards. The awards recognise suppliers to Woolworths in 23 categories. AB Foods is the beverages company that makes Twinings tea. It carried off the 2018 Overall Supplier of the Year award, as well as the …

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Can Amazon challenge Woolies’ and Coles’ online domination?

As online grocery shopping surges, Woolies and Coles enjoy an 85 per cent stranglehold on the Aussie market. But can the great disruptor, Amazon, loosen their grip? For online grocery shopping in Australia, it seems, the only way is up. Or so says Nielsen’s just-released quarterly Grocery Ecommerce Report. According …

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