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Woolworths fires up $57m Adelaide expansion

Woolworths is starting a $57 million expansion of its existing Adelaide Regional Distribution Centre (ARDC), which will include 3,500 solar panels. The ARDC’s sustainability credentials will include thousands of solar panels and expanded recycling facilities. The project will also create about 140 local jobs throughout construction. Woolworths and Hutchinson Builders …

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Choice urges Aussies to call out ‘fake’ price tricks

Choice is calling on Australians to resist “fake” supermarket price tricks by telling the Treasury to reform unit pricing. Unit prices are the shop labels that show prices per litre/grams/kilograms, etc. They therefore give a true comparison of cost between different pack sizes. Not-for-profit consumer organisation Choice surveyed Australians on …

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Eight in ten want after-hours parcel delivery (but won’t pay for it)

Online shoppers in Australia want round-the-clock parcel delivery but don’t want to pay for it, research has found. CouriersPlease, which describes itself as a “leading parcel delivery service”, says it commissioned an independent, nationally representative panel of 1,021 Australian consumers. The goal was “to gauge the demand for after-hours or …

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Ritchies Supa IGA Dromana wins global retailer award

Ritchies Supa IGA Dromana, Victoria, has won IGA International Retailer of the Year at the IGA conference in San Diego, USA. Ritchies Group owns and operates the Dromana store, south of Melbourne. Having operated in Australia for almost 150 years, it’s now the country’s largest independent supermarket and liquor retailer. …

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Mineral water, mate? Fewer Aussies drinking alcohol

The proportion of Australians drinking alcohol has fallen in the past five years, according to new research. Roy Morgan’s ‘Alcohol Consumption Currency Report September 2018’ found that, in an average four-week period, 67.9 per cent of the Australian population aged 18 years and over consume at least one type of …

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Wesfarmers reports $4,538m profit for 2019 half-year results

Wesfarmers Limited has reported a net profit after tax (NPAT) of $4,538 million for the half-year ended December 31, 2018. The reported profit includes post-tax significant items of $3,059 million relating to discontinued operations. These include gains on the demerger of Coles and disposal of Bengalla, Kmart Tyre and Auto …

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‘Best in class’ – new Metcash distribution centre for SA

This week, Metcash began work on a ‘best in class’ distribution centre in Gepps Cross, Adelaide, to service independent retailers. The company held a ‘turning of the soil’ event (right) to celebrate the start of construction. In a statement, Metcash said the new DC would deliver “operational efficiencies” for its …

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Online grocery latest ‘battleground’ for supermarkets

Online grocery retailing is the latest “battleground” for supermarkets, according to industry research company IBISWorld. Coles, Woolworths and others are busy ramping up their click and collect services. IBISWorld predicts the online grocery sales industry to generate $3.3 billion in revenue in 2018-19. Bricks-and-mortar supermarkets will generate $103.4 billion, the …

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Use ‘sensory marketing’ to lure shoppers, says new research

Consumers want an ‘experience’ and will choose bricks and mortar over online shopping if they can, says new research. The key is to use ‘sensory marketing’. Prevailing opinion says shoppers are overwhelmingly moving to online. But a new study by Walnut Unlimited for Mood Media, ‘Elevating the Customer Experience: The …

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IGA donates $100,000 to support Townsville flood victims

IGA has partnered with national not-for-profit GIVIT to help support people affected by the recent floods in Townsville, Queensland. Through the partnership, IGA will supply $100,000 in IGA shopping vouchers to families in affected areas. “North Queensland is the food hub of our state and a vital part of our …

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