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More than just a headache

Over two-thirds of retail workers (70.2 per cent) have migraines triggered by stress, according to new research commissioned by Nurofen and supported by Headache Australia. The three most common symptoms of migraine suffered by customer service workers are sensitivity to light (92.4 per cent), nausea or vomiting (84.7 per cent), …

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AACS hits back at tobacco tax increase

Tobacco in Australia has been hit with its seventh consecutive annual tax hike. According to the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS), the 12.5 per cent tax increase reinforces Australia’s position as one of the world’s most expensive markets to buy legal tobacco. It’s no surprise, then, that Australia is …

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Public holiday idea labelled as ‘an election stunt’

The Queensland Government’s idea to make Christmas Eve a partial public holiday has been labelled as “just a pre-election stunt” by the Executive Director of Australian Retailers Association, Russell Zimmerman. Political self-interest The ARA have given full support to Ai Group’s view on the issue, as Mr Zimmerman has noted …

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‘Important’ grocery trends, according to IRI

IRI says its latest ‘Grocery and Pharmacy State of the Industry’ report reveals some “important” trends in the world of groceries. “Traditional grocery retailers have always offered a mix of food and non-food products and achieved growth across both areas,” IRI Chief Commercial Officer, Asia Pacific Alistair Leathwood said. “However, …

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Coles Online thanks customers with free home delivery

Coles Online is offering free home delivery for the rest of the month. This is to thank customers for a 30 per cent increase in sales over the last financial year. Starting today, Coles Online customers who spend more than $100 in one transaction and place their order by 30 …

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Major supermarkets rank in Australia’s most valuable brands

Woolworths and Coles are among the 2019 Brandz Top 40 Most Valuable Australian Brands. Their brand values have, however, declined. Conducted by WPP and Kantar, the annual report ranks Woolworths in fifth place. The retailer’s brand value is US$7.0 billion ($10.4 billion), down one per cent versus 2018. Coles, according …

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The war against wastage

Data from a recent SAI Global survey has revealed, more than half of shoppers aren’t happy about the overuse of plastic packaging and discarded imperfect produce, across supermarkets nationally. Use of plastics Reportedly, survey results showed that 53 per cent of respondents reported there is too much plastic packaging and …

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Small business sector mixed bag

The Australian small business sector is facing a major shake-up over the coming decade, with the highest proportion of small business owners aged between 45 and 59 years. That’s according to the ‘Small Business Counts’ report released at the COSBOA National Small Business Summit by the Australian Small Business and …

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Ethical consumerism on the rise

New research from Australian marketing services provider Salmat has found that a large number of Australian shoppers are swayed by sustainability and ethical brand behaviour when it comes to purchasing products. Study results The joint Salmat and ACRS study, which reportedly investigated the impact that ethical behaviour and corporate social …

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