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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 …

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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’ …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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. …

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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 …

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Amazon announces 500 new permanent jobs in Australia

Amazon will create 500 new permanent jobs in its fulfilment network over the next year, it has announced. The news comes six months after the retail giant opened its second fulfilment centre in Sydney. The first of the 500 new jobs will come up at its Dandenong South facility in …

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Hobart to become Australia’s first plastic-free city?

Hobart could become the first Aussie city to ban single-use plastics by 2020 after a vote in the city council. The council voted eight to four in favour of the bylaw, although several hurdles remain before it would come into force. In fact, the entire statutory process could take up …

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Metcash to invest $270m in store network

A rebranding of the store network and a trial of 10 small format convenience stores are among the initiatives announced by Metcash at its strategy update this week. The wholesaler announced investment plans of $270m over five years across its business. This includes a potential $165m capex in food initiatives. …

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