The Victorian government has a new proposal to ban plastic bags. What is it missing?
Victoria's proposed ban on single-use plastic bags is a step forward, but what about all the other unnecessary packaging? A truly effective waste policy should offer a comprehensive plan for packaging.
Recognisable to all.
The company has made the world flat (packed).
Dave Lewis has dragged the supermarket clear of an accounting scandal. Now for the hard bit ...
Crystal Pepsi, seen here on sale recently as part of a nostalgia campaign, was considered one of Pepsi’s epic fails.
It can be much easier to develop a new product than to actually get people to try it, even for big established brands. Where did launches for products like Crystal Pepsi go wrong?
Businesses hoping to become successful e-tailers have to know their customers’ preferences when it comes to online shopping.
Retailers should design online strategies to fit their desired customers’ characteristics.
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.
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.
Employment rose in July, with 27,900 jobs created.
The Reserve Bank of Australia is stuck, according to the economic evidence, it has to raise rates but it also should cut.
Easier said than done.
Disabled parking? Check. Disabled toilets? Check. But what about accessible supermarket shelves?
The economics of the money-back guarantee can work for retailers.
The economics of the money-back guarantee can work in retailers' favour, in certain circumstances.
Undoing shoppers’ engrained behaviours is a tricky job.
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The success of the plastic bag ban announced by Australia's big two supermarkets will hinge on whether they can persuade customers to change an engrained behaviour - without annoying them.
Google argues that it simply gives consumers what they want.
Online search ads are big business. Retailers have to work hard to compete for visibility in Google’s online searches as the company faces trouble in the European Union over its Shopping site.
Watch out for booming burger prices in barbecue season.
What the lessons of failed high street brands mean as M&S finally makes a big move.
People gather in Montreal to demand a $15 minimum hourly wage in Quebec and across Canada.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)
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.
Australian retailers aren't efficient enough to compete with Amazon on price, and that's before we factor in Amazon's other businesses.
While retailers, airlines and many other companies are embracing self-service, the numbers show it isn't an easy win.
Aussie retailers need to catchup to new, speedier rivals.
Research shows consumers value speed when it comes to shopping. Australian retailers need to react or they will lose.
Protests by farm workers in the Western Cape added to pressure for a minimum wage.
As South Africa prepares to introduce a national minimum wage, a new study shows that it will have a varied impact. Some parts of the economy are likely to be negatively affected.
Aldi’s decidedly Germanic expansion strategy continues to eat into Woolworths’ earnings.
For consumers of Australia's retail sector, choice and convenience will continue to emerge. For incumbents unable to deliver on these outcomes, the future is bleak.
Hospitality workers, along with fast food and retail workers, will have Sunday and public holiday rates cut under the decision.
The Fair Work Commission's latest decision to cut certain Sunday and public holiday penalty rates continues a tradition of undervaluing young workers.