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Commonwealth Games drives supermarkets into round-the-clock trading

Supermarkets in tourist areas of the Gold Coast will trade 24 hours a day during the Commonwealth Games to cater to tens of thousands of visitors, competitors and team officials. Woolworths and Coles in Helensvale, Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Tweed Heads will stay open 24 hours, as will supermarkets at …

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Less-than-stellar retail figures for January

New figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed a modest 2.09 per cent total growth year on year for January 2018 trade. Executive Director for the Australia Retailers Association (ARA) Russell Zimmerman says the ARA and Roy Morgan post-Christmas sales predictions are close to the actual post-Christmas …

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Former CCA chief to lead independent retailers

Stone Advisory, a representative body for independent grocers, has appointed Warwick White as its inaugural CEO. IGA, along with other independent grocery retailers, is moving to become a more competitive force in the $90 billion sector. Stone Advisory was formed to represent the interests of IGA licensees and other independent …

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Aussie Farmers Direct in administration

National food and groceries home-delivery network Aussie Farmers Direct closed on March 5, affecting about 100 franchisees, 260 employees and 100,000 customers around the country. Craig Shepard and Leanne Chesser of KordaMentha Restructuring were appointed voluntary administrators of Bed Milk & Bread (trading as Aussie Farmers Direct). Mr Shepard says …

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Fulfilment by Amazon launches for Australia retailers

Registered sellers on Amazon’s Australian Marketplace are now able to access Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) – a service that will pick, pack and ship products on behalf of retailers. This service will save retailers time and money, as they can simply send any products they wish to ship directly to …

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Industry figures welcome new Deputy PM

Following Barnaby Joyce’s controversy-riddled resignation, Australian retailers and industry bodies have welcomed Michael McCormack as new leader of the National Party of Australia and Deputy Prime Minister. Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell congratulated the Deputy PM on his appointment. “Michael McCormack was a diligent and committed …

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Foodland awarded supermarket of the year

South Australian independent supermarket Foodland has been awarded Roy Morgan’s supermarket of the year 2017. This is the third time in five years Foodland has won the award, having the most satisfied supermarket customers in the country. Leading independent research agency Roy Morgan conducts the yearly research for the awards, …

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Coles named top grocery retail Facebook page of 2017

According to Online Circle Digital’s 2017 Facebook Performance Report, Coles is leading the category in number of fans, average engagement and share of voice. The report shows that Coles holds the largest share of voice in the retail (grocery) category with 24.7 per cent, closely followed by Woolworths (23.97 per …

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