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Dick Smith Foods – another scalp for ALDI?

Dick Smith says he is closing his food business to avoid bankruptcy, blaming the “extreme capitalism” of ALDI. Dick Smith Foods will be shut down gradually over the coming months. But the 74-year-old Australian businessman intends to keep 13 Dick Smith food products on shelves. He’ll do this, he says, …

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Coles serves up recyclable packaging for meat

Coles says it will be Australia’s first national supermarket retailer to introduce recyclable packaging for fresh meat and poultry trays. According to the supermarket, the packaging will be made entirely from a combination of recycled and renewable material. Coles is buying an expected 121 million recyclable meat and poultry trays …

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Is the future of Woolworths cashless?

Woolworths says it has no plans for all its stores to have cashless registers only, but acknowledges use of cash is falling in some areas. According to news.com.au, Woolworths’ Metro division Managing Director Steve Greentree said city shoppers are “ambivalent to cash”, which is why the new Metro Pitt St store in …

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Tesco to launch discount chain to take on Lidl and ALDI

A new Tesco discount chain could launch in the UK as early as September to take on cut-price German giants, according to media reports. Industry insiders have speculated the new chain will be called Jack’s in honour of Tesco’s founder, Jack Cohen. Tesco declined to comment. The UK company has …

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Coles board takes shape ahead of demerger

Wesfarmers today confirmed it had made good progress with preparations for a demerger of its Coles division. It also announced a number of proposed non-executive director appointments to the board of Coles. The Coles demerger is expected to be completed in November 2018, subject to shareholder and other approvals. The …

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ALDI bags fourth Canstar Blue award in five years

ALDI has won its fourth Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers Award in the Supermarket category for 2018. The low-cost retailer topped the field for overall customer satisfaction, value for money, private-label products and special buys. It also scored five stars for store layout and presentation. The company says its customers …

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A golden night for Accredited Distributors

Accredited Distributors hosted its yearly trade show earlier this month, attracting more than 1250 attendees. About 70 exhibitors showcased their product ranges, new lines and show offers at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium. According to Accredited, the samples, food and refreshments were plentiful. Exhibitors all agreed the trade show was a successful …

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Amazon Prime Day attracts ‘record’ customers

Amazon claims record numbers of customers visited amazon.com.au on Amazon Prime Day, its “exclusive shopping event for Prime members”. Amazon says July 16 and 17 were the biggest two days of sales for Amazon Australia since it opened Retail and Marketplace in December 2017. “Prime only recently launched in Australia, …

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Nine in ten Aussies don’t understand use of personal data

More than 90 per cent of Australians “lack understanding” of how leading apps use their personal data, according to new research. The ‘Privacy Report’ by Roy Morgan explores Australians’ attitudes towards privacy in the online world. It shows that while Australians are concerned about how their personal data is used, …

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Coles commits to ‘game-changing’ Sydney community

Coles and Liquorland are the first retailers to commit to Ed.Square, a new community in south-west Sydney. Frasers Property’s leasing campaign for the “game-changing” Ed.Square project in Edmondson Park now moves into full swing. Future residents will have a 4,181sqm Coles supermarket and 166sqm Liquorland within walking distance of their …

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