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Click and collect provides an immediacy that traditional home delivery usually can’t match, particularly in Australia where delivery times have traditionally been slow relative to international standards. Stephanie Flack/AAP

Why retailers want you to ‘click and collect’

Retailers are starting to realise the benefit of combining online and in-store shopping. And by encouraging you to click first and collect later, these businesses are saving on a number of costs.
People gather in Montreal to demand a $15 minimum hourly wage in Quebec and across Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

Minimum wage hike ignores impact of Artificial Intelligence

The minimum wage is rising in many parts of Canada, but it masks the impact of seismic changes to the agriculture, food and retail industries brought about by new technologies.
Amazon is a low-margin retailer sitting on other higher-margin businesses. shutterstock

Amazon poses a double threat to Australian retailers

Australian retailers aren't efficient enough to compete with Amazon on price, and that's before we factor in Amazon's other businesses.
Hospitality workers, along with fast food and retail workers, will have Sunday and public holiday rates cut under the decision. Lukas Coch/AAP

Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most

The Fair Work Commission's latest decision to cut certain Sunday and public holiday penalty rates continues a tradition of undervaluing young workers.
The research looked at the price setting in a number of petrol retailers in Perth over five years. Julian Smith/AAP

New research shows how petrol retailers pushed prices up in Perth

New analysis of the behaviour of petrol retailers in Perth over a period of five years shows how tacit collusion caused prices to increase by up to 50%.
A shopper prepares to pay at an informal shop in Soweto, South Africa. Smaller retailers are struggling to grow. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

How big supermarket chains in southern Africa keep out small suppliers

Southern African economies need more organised and sustainable measures to increase the participation of emerging suppliers in supermarket value chains. This will help economic transformation.

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