The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is lightening up on its normal competition rules and allowing competitors to cooperate.
Research suggests harsher civil or criminal penalties will not automatically lead to greater compliance by employers with workplace laws.
Stikeez, the latest collection of plastic collectables from Coles, flies in the face of the company's plan to become Australia’s most sustainable supermarket.
Supermarket pharmacies have been around in the US, UK and mainland Europe for years. But will Australia follow?
If Australia follows international trends and allows supermarkets to open pharmacies, what are the effects on neighbouring pharmacies? And when does running a business mean health care suffers?
Our collections are a part of us and our life story, and the act of collecting holds a certain comfort.
Retailers have cleverly tapped into the psychological need many of us have to collect, in some cases, mundane everyday items.
The key to Aldi’s strategy is a severely limited range of products.
ALDI appeals to a particular market segment. It is unlikely to abandon it to go after Woolworths and Coles.
Positive messaging wins the day.
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Plastic bags will soon be gone from major supermarkets and many other shops too. Campaigns to reduce plastic even more should focus on positive advice, rather than shaming shoppers for their plastic use.
Supermarkets are stocking more of their own brands even as they shrink stores.
Supermarkets and consumers might gain from more private label brands, but Australian suppliers are likely to lose out.
Whoever buys Coles will have a huge store network.
Spinning off Coles is a great example of how good Wesfarmers is at entering and exiting markets.
Coles was once the market leader thanks to its ‘down down’ low pricing marketing.
Coles plans to compete with competitors by moving away from low prices to a focus on other attributes, such as sustainability, local produce and community.
What will we do for bin liners now?
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Banning single-use plastic bags makes sense, as long as it doesn't usher in behaviours that are just as bad, or worse – like over-using heavier bags made of even more plastic.
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.
Selling these new bags at 15 cents each, effectively creates another revenue stream with nearly A$71 million in gross profit.
Moves by major to supermarkets to only offer plastic bags for a charge could make these businesses more than a million dollars a year, but it may only have a small impact on the environment.
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.
Pokies are great money-spinners for hotels, clubs and casinos in Australia, and increasingly internationally.
The harm pokies cause is widespread and tends to affect those already under significant stress. $1 bets are a good first step toward reducing this harm.
Aldi has mastered the phantom product, even though customers know it’s not a brand in disguise.
More supermarkets are starting to stock "phantom brands"- private label products without any reference to the business' brand or logo.
The success of companies like T-shirt brand Threadless shows innovation matters in retail.
It's a tough time to be a retailer in Australia, but there are some retailers that have found the formula for success.
In the past large retailers could squeeze out competitors but new challengers like Aldi are still in the game.
The big supermarkets, Woolworths and Coles, will need to think of new strategies to compete with new chains such as Aldi which continue to steal market share.
“Ugly” food campaigns will not solve food wastage.
Major food retailers say they are aiming for zero food waste - but are transferring the costs onto not-for-profit groups and suppliers.
Cross-bench Senator Nick Xenophon wants the law to change to protect gift card holders when companies collapse.
It's not good to make law changes as a knee-jerk reaction, but in the case of insolvency and gift cards, it's time.