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IGA celebrates excellence in independent retailing

Australia’s leading IGA stores were recognised at the prestigious yearly IGA Awards of Excellence held on the Gold Coast this week. Romeo Retail Group was the big winner of the night, with its McLaren Vale Foodland IGA, South Australia (SA), named National Retailer of the Year and SUPA IGA Store …

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International news: Tesco rolls out contactless loyalty card

Thames Card Technology has completed a project with Tesco to launch the UK’s first contactless loyalty-card program. Several million cards are now in the hands of customers and many more will be issued over the coming months. With 66 per cent of global shoppers enrolled in loyalty programmes (Nielsen) and cardholders …

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The Waterfront secures Woolworths as anchor tenant

The shopping precinct at Shell Cove on the NSW south coast will comprise a 3,800sqm full-line Woolworths supermarket, complemented by nine specialty retailers. Shellharbour City Council and Frasers Property Australia say the shopping precinct is the first stage of the town centre, intended to service the idyllic Shell Cove community. …

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Woolworths to boost the next generation of surfers

The retailer is set to be the driving force behind Surfing Australia’s junior surfing pathway following the announcement of an expanded partnership. The partnership now includes the 10-event Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Wahu series, Surfing Australia’s six affiliated state branches’ Woolworths State Junior Surfing Titles, with 18 events …

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Former Tesco executive to lead Metcash

Jeff Adams will succeed Ian Morrice as Metcash Group CEO, bringing more than 20 years of experience in retail and wholesale industries with Tesco PLC to the role. The accomplished executive has held a number of senior positions with Tesco PLC, including CEO of Tesco Kipa (Turkey), CEO of Tesco …

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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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