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NZ grocer’s ‘mega-efficient’ waste-minimisation program

New Zealand grocery chain Foodstuffs diverted 27.1 tonnes of waste from landfill per store in August with its audited waste-minimisation program. More than 120 stores have signed up to the program, which has increased the average waste-diversion rate from 64 per cent to 84 per cent and led to the …

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Woolworths addresses labour rights in supply chain for fresh goods

As part of Woolworths’ continuing review of its ethical sourcing practices, the retailer has committed to working collaboratively with the National Union of Workers (NUW) and other interested stakeholders to identify and address human rights risks in fresh-food supply chains in Australia. “Our belief is that finding the right solution …

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Amazon trumps Coles in lead-up to local launch

The Amazon US site was accessed by 4.6 million adult Australians during October, according to Nielsen Digital Ratings data, placing the retailer behind Woolworths and ahead of Coles in terms of unique audience. The data was released ahead of the ‘soft launch’ of Amazon’s Australia site, expected this afternoon (November …

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NRA and NORA partner in response to changing business environment

The new partnership between the National Retail Association (NRA) and the established business network connecting and supporting online retailers, NORA, will allow the two organisations to combine their strength and expertise in supporting all Australian retailers, whether they operate online, in store or both. NRA Chief Executive Officer Dominique Lamb …

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Rob Scott takes the reins at Wesfarmers

Announced as Richard Goyder’s successor in February, Rob Scott officially became Wesfarmers Managing Director following the company’s AGM yesterday (November 16). Mr Scott said he felt “very humbled and excited” to assume the position, adding that Mr Goyder had set the leadership bar very high. “It’s a big responsibility to …

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MGA: NSW container deposit laws will destroy small and independently owned businesses

New container deposit laws in NSW will operate from December 1, 2017, and from that date, says MGA Independent Retailers CEO Jos de Bruin, independently owned businesses on the NSW borders will suffer the consequences. “MGA has pleaded with the Minister for the Environment, Minister Upton, to listen to the …

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Retailers win big at Product of the Year Awards

More than two-thirds of this year’s Product of the Year Award-winning products are from private-label or retailer-exclusive brands. ALDI Australia won 13 categories in the 2018 Product of the Year Awards, building on its success in 2015, 2016 and 2017, when it won in eight, 12 and 16 categories, respectively. …

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Shoppers tipped to spend $50bn-plus this Christmas

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and Roy Morgan Research’s Annual Pre-Christmas Sales Predictions indicate shoppers will spend more than $50 billion in Australia’s retail stores over the Christmas trading period from November 15 to December 24. ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says that although the Australian retail industry has been …

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Morgan’s SUPA IGA Melton welcomes fresh sushi offer

Victorian store Morgan’s SUPA IGA Melton has teamed up with sushi company Go Sushi to combine “delicious product” with an “enticing in-store atmosphere”. On entering the store, customers are now greeted with sushi chefs busy making sushi rolls, lunch and dinner packs, and more. Brothers Neal and Peter Morgan, the …

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