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McLaren Vale Foodland IGA wins international award

South Australia’s McLaren Vale Foodland IGA was awarded the coveted title of Australian International Retailer of the Year at the 2018 IGA Global Rally over the weekend. The award is the latest in a strong of wins for the supermarket, which is owned and operated by the Romeo Retail Group. …

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New app feature unlocks more rewards with Flybuys

Unlockd, an app that lets users view targeted ads in exchange for points, has launched a new feature to offer greater rewards. The ‘Earn Wall’ feature within Unlockd allows members to collect bonus points each month by completing short tasks, like answering surveys or watching video, delivering up to four …

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Christmas sales match predictions

Australians spent a record $47.5 billion during the 2017 Christmas period, according to the December 2017 retail-sales data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The figures closely align with the pre-Christmas forecasts made by peak retail industry body the National Retail Association (NRA), which predicted $48 billion in …

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Yifan Asian Emporium opens new store at Surfers Paradise

The well-stocked grocer at Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre ranges popular Asian grocery items and hard-to-find delicacies and is said to be the first of its kind available to shoppers in the area. Yifan (pronounced ‘E-Fin’) Asian Emporium is owned by Maggie Huang, who says she is excited to fill a …

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Woolworths unveils the next generation of supermarket

The renewed Woolworths Marrickville Metro in Sydney’s inner west represents the largest individual investment by Woolworths in a store renewal since the program began in late 2015. Fresh and convenience are the focus of the store. With an expanded fresh-food offering, customers can pick their own living lettuce from a …

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International news: Tesco’s Colleague Shops to minimise food waste

Major UK retailer Tesco has launched Colleague Shops across its UK stores to give staff the opportunity to take food approaching its expiration date as part of the company’s wider work aimed at preventing food waste. Dedicated storage areas and fridges will be set up in back-of-store colleague rooms to …

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Harris Farm Markets first major retailer to #BanTheBag

Following overwhelming customer support for the #BanTheBag campaign, Harris Farm Markets (HFM) says it is now 100 per cent plastic-bag free at registers. The family-owned grocer no longer has single-use plastic bags, instead encouraging all customers to bring their own bag or use a recycled box. HFM has long been …

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David Jones to open first standalone food store in Melbourne

Capitol Grand South Yarra will be home to the first standalone David Jones Food store when the department-store chain unveils its premium convenience format in the luxury development in 2019. The 500sqm store will have prime position in the Capitol Grand retail precinct on Chapel Street in the inner Melbourne …

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Litigation funder backs out of Woolworths class action

IMF Bentham Limited (IMF) last week announced that a proposed class action against Woolworths Limited no longer meets its investment criteria and has accordingly decided not to proceed with funding the claims. The class action was proposed by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers in April 2017, on behalf of aggrieved Woolworths investors who …

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