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AACS Women in Convenience Industry awards open for nominations

The awards recognise the significant contribution women play in convenience retailing from retailers, wholesalers and supplier communities. There will be three categories of award this year: Women of the Year – retailers, suppliers or wholesalers who have had a significant impact on the success of their direct business, as well …

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Small businesses encouraged to claim instant asset write-off

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has encouraged small-business operators to take advantage of the Government’s instant asset write-off extension. More businesses are now eligible to buy equipment (new or second hand) up to $20,000 and write it off immediately after legislation passed the Senate. Multiple claims can …

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BP/Woolworths deal sparks competition concerns

Master Grocers Australia (MGA) has written to the ACCC, expressing concerns about BP’s proposed acquisition of Woolworths’ network of service stations and calling for the Commission to protect the interests of small businesses against any future anti-competitive activity. MGA CEO Jos de Bruin notes that a consequence of the acquisition …

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7-Eleven supports ‘Protecting Vulnerable Workers’ bill, questions franchisor responsibilities

7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd this week made its submission to the Senate Education and Employment Committee’s inquiry into the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017. According to 7-Eleven Stores CEO Angus McKay, the convenience and petrol retailer is advocating for: Changes to the termination provisions in the Franchising Code …

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Communication-app popularity shows importance of mobile data

Whether for instant messaging, voice-over-internet-protocol calls or video chat, use of communication apps continued to rise in 2016. According to Roy Morgan Research, Facebook Messenger collected another million Australian users last year, while WhatsApp pulled ahead of Skype, Viber lost some of its vibe, and Chinese behemoth WeChat remained foreign …

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Changes to end synthetic lotteries in Australia?

The Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association (ALNA) is urging the Government to consider the national economic impact of Lottoland. ALNA is calling for a suitable amendment to the Federal Interactive Gambling Act, which will impose legislative restrictions on betting on lottery outcomes. The Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 is currently …

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