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Former trolley-collection company hit by third legal action

Former trolley-collection company WCH Services Pty Ltd has had its third legal proceedings set against it by the Fair Work Ombudsman. The newest litigation is said to be for failing to pay a Fair Work Commission compensation order to a worker who had been unfairly dismissed. The order was made …

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ACCC issues payment surcharge warning for small businesses

As of September 1 this year, the ACCC will impose a ban on excessive payment surcharges for small businesses in Australia. Large businesses were hit with the ban last year. However, the new law for small businesses will limit the amount they can charge customers for use of various payment …

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May retail figures remain steady

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) this week released some positive figures for the Australian retail industry as retailers move into winter. The figures show a 3.82 per cent total growth year-on-year for the industry in May, a result that, according to the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), was much better …

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Casual workers win right to request permanent employment

A landmark decision by the Fair Work Commission requires retailers to offer casual staff part-time employment after being with the business for 12 months. The decision was welcomed by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), which has campaigned against what it calls the “epidemic of casualisation”. “Too many employers …

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Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH program supported by retail industry

Earlier this week, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) Executive Director Russell Zimmerman showed his support for the government’s Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program. According to a statement released by the ARA, the organisation has been working with the federal government to help young people in Australia looking to enter the …

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ALDI sets sights on new sites

ALDI Australia has confirmed plans to open new stores across the eastern seaboard, South Australia (SA) and Western Australia (WA). In NSW, new stores will open in Maitland, Hillsdale, Wetherill Park, Macarthur Square, Narellan and Riverwood. In Queensland, new locations include Drewvale, Caboolture and Coorparoo. The next stores to open …

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Consumers buying premium during their grocery shop

One in three consumers in Australia would consider spending more on a premium offering in key grocery categories, recent Nielsen research has shown. Nielsen Scantrack data highlights that consumers are trading up everyday products in their shopping trolleys – meat and seafood are the top choices when considering a higher …

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Amazon to acquire Whole Foods Market

Amazon and Whole Foods Market, Inc. announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market for $42 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at about $13.7 billion, including Whole Foods Market’s net debt. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said: “Millions of …

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