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Index predicts minimal retail sales growth

CHEP Retail Index, which uses transactional data from CHEP pallet movements to provide a lead indicator of Australian Bureau of Statistics retail trade data, has signalled minimal retail sales growth in Q2 2018. The modest growth in pallet movements in the first few months of 2018 suggests that retailers expect …

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Major refurbishment for Richmond Marketplace (Sydney) keeps pace

Stage-two renewal has been seen a redeveloped car park completed and operational. The $11 million second stage of the centre’s renovation also includes a refurbishment of its March Street frontage, development of an expanded external courtyard and community-accessible amphitheatre, plus a significant facelift for all common areas and entry points. …

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Amazon announces Sydney fulfilment centre

In order to meet growing customer demand in Australia, Amazon has announced a 43,000sqm fulfilment centre in Moorebank, south-west Sydney. The new Sydney fulfilment centre, along with the existing building in Dandenong South, Melbourne, will allow Amazon to handle current and future customer demand and speed up delivery to customers …

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Healthy insights at the 2018 Naturally Good Expo

The 2018 Naturally Good Expo was held at the International Convention Centre Sydney on April 29-30. It offered retailers and manufacturers alike an opportunity to understand what is available in terms of the latest in natural and organic products across a variety of categories. This year’s event saw over 350 …

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Union welcomes new Coles agreement

SDA (Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association), the trade union for retail, fast-food and warehousing workers, has welcomed the Fair Work Commission’s approval of the SDA’s new agreement with Coles on pay and conditions. SDA National Secretary Gerard Dwyer says the agreement is consistent with Coles workers’ key priorities and …

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Wesfarmers Limited 2018 Third Quarter Retail Sales Results

Wesfarmers Managing Director Rob Scott said the sales performance of the Group’s retail divisions was pleasing, with most businesses demonstrating improved sales momentum in the latest quarter. Wesfarmers reported improved sales momentum across Officeworks (7.2 per cent sales growth), Kmart (10.2 per cent) and Bunnings Australia and New Zealand (8.9 …

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Sainsbury’s trials electric cargo bikes for delivery

UK retailer Sainsbury’s has launched a trial of the country’s first grocery-delivery service involving electric cargo bikes. A fleet of five bikes began delivering up to 100 orders a day across south London from Sainsbury’s Streatham Common store to customers who have shopped on the retailer’s website Sainsbury’s has launched …

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MGA cautions against deregulation of WA trading hours

Western Australia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Chief Economist Rick Newnham claims WA has the most restrictive retail trading hours in the nation, but MGA Independent Retailers warns that deregulation of trading hours will have a serious impact on the viability of small businesses throughout the state. Mr Newnham’s …

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