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Strikeforce AMC acquires The Blueprint Group

The Board of Strikeforce AMC has completed the acquisition of The Blueprint Group, the sales/field marketing group that includes brands such as Powerforce, CCS, AusRep and Extravert. Stronger together Strikeforce MD and CEO Matt Lloyd says the acquisition will benefit both groups. “[We’ll be] stronger together by combining complementary strength, …

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Perth gets longer trading hours for public holidays

Metropolitan Perth will get longer trading hours on both WA Day and the Queen’s birthday in a boost to retailers. The WA government has approved an extra four hours of trading for general retail shops on both public holidays. The extension to permitted opening times means general retail shops will …

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NRA urges new government to push through tax cuts

The National Retail Association has congratulated Scott Morrison on his re-election and urged him to “move very quickly” on cutting taxes. The call comes after the NRA publicly backed the government’s promised personal and business tax cuts as “good for retailers”. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said: “Both sides of politics …

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E171 food additive ‘harmful’ to human gut

E171, an additive found in more than 900 food products, may have a “substantial and harmful influence on human health”. So says a University of Sydney study investigating the health impact of the food additive, also known as titanium dioxide nanoparticles. Many food and medicine manufacturers use E171 as a …

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AI already transforming retail sector

Retailers are buying into artificial intelligence (AI) in a big way, but they’re choosy and sceptical, says a new survey. The Oxford Economics for Synchrony Financial survey found that retailers are counting on AI to “transform their companies and industry”. But they’re still sceptical about the enormous hype surrounding the …

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Coles wants to put customers on the road to wellness

Coles has launched its Wellness Road range of health foods, claiming “uncomplicated goodness” is the key to healthier eating. The supermarket says the new range will make it easier for customers to choose healthier options. ‘Accessible and affordable’ Wellness Road is a range of 28 new products, including Organic Black Rice …

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Supermarkets must invest ‘heavily’ in technology, says IRI

Big-data firm IRI says supermarkets must invest “heavily” in technology to keep up with rapidly evolving consumer trends. Chief Commercial Officer, Asia Pacific, IRI, Alistair Leathwood, has outlined the challenges facing the retail sector in IRI’s ‘Retail Outlook for 2019 and Beyond: Staying One Step Ahead’. Investing in data and …

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Fed up with plastic? Try corn bags instead

Foodstuffs is stepping up its fight against plastic by testing bespoke certified home compostable bags – made from corn. The Kiwi company, which owns New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square, is testing the bags in the produce, bakery and butchery departments. The trial is taking place in selected stores around …

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Bulk up: Coles upsizes family favourites

Coles is now offering a range of family favourites in bulk sizes, which will save customers up to 65 per cent. More than 25 of the supermarket’s popular products will be available nationally in value-sized packs while stocks last. Some of these products include: Barilla pasta, usually $1.95 for 500gm, …

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