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Small business investment barriers identified

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has released a study into factors affecting small-to-medium-enterprise investment. Speaking at the Institute of Public Accountants national conference on the Gold Coast in Queensland last week, Ombudsman Kate Carnell said barriers to investment included access to capital, red tape and energy prices. …

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Eftpos launches on Android Pay

Almost two million eftpos-only cardholders across Australia will now be able to pay using their Android mobile devices, with ANZ and Cuscal being the first Australian financial institutions to make the service available to eftpos-only cardholders. The service will use Australia’s first domestic token service provider (TSP) for increased security, …

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ACAPMA CEO joins COSBOA board

The Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA) board elected a new Chair, Mark McKenzie, during its 2017 AGM this week. Mr McKenzie is the CEO of Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association (ACAPMA) and holds formal qualifications in civil engineering (BEng) and business (MBA). The regular Convenience World contributor has …

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Vend announces free inventory-scanning app

Retail POS provider Vend has designed a stand-alone mobile app that turns any iOS device into a mobile scanning supertool. Scanner by Vend is designed to be a replacement for retailers currently counting inventory with pen and paper, providing major time savings. It allows a retailer to count their inventory …

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Getting engagement documents right

Ensuring the conditions of employment and the expectations of the business are clearly and appropriately expressed is an important area of employment compliance, yet it is an area with which many businesses struggle. ACAPMA explores the crucial area of engagement documents. The document Engagement documents can have a variety of …

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Return of the corner store – a quiet revolution?

Corner stores once proliferated across the residential landscape of Australia’s towns and cities: places where kids congregated in front of gumball machines, keenly returning empty glass drink bottles to fund their weekly purchase of mixed lollies, and where households could conveniently buy small grocery items, cakes, smokes and an eclectic …

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BP collaborates with Western Union on money transfers

In a new partnership with BP in Australia, Western Union services will be enabled through the financial-services company’s mobile app in 302 BP stores nationwide (including 150 with digital kiosks), allowing customers to conduct international money transfers at these sites. Western Union Asia Pacific General Manager Molly Shea says the …

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