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AACS looks to the year 2030

The Australasian Association of Convenience Stores’ most forward-looking and comprehensive research project to date, Convenience 2030, reveals the challenges and opportunities in the sector. AACS commissioned the Australian Consumer Retail and Services (ACRS) research unit at Monash Business School to undertake the research, which involved extensive interviews with convenience leaders …

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ACCC flags concerns about BP’s proposed acquisition of Woolworths sites

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says the proposed acquisition by BP Australia Pty Ltd of Woolworths Limited’s network of retail service-station sites may substantially lessen competition for the retail supply of fuel across metropolitan areas and is seeking feedback from interested parties. ACCC Chairman Rod Sims says Woolworths …

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Queensland to roll out ‘electric-vehicle super highway’

Queensland Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles has announced the launch of what is claimed will be the world’s longest ‘electric super highway’ in one state. He says the series of fast-charging electric-vehicle (EV) stations will be rolled out at locations along the coast from the Gold …

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Liberal Victoria calls for zero tolerance on fuel theft

Liberal Victoria has put forward a “zero-tolerance” policy to address fuel drive-offs in the state, which have escalated in recent years. According to the party’s Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy, the fuel-retail industry’s investment in better surveillance, security and crime prevention needs to be backed by the police and justice …

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Convenience worldwide: Morrisons to supply McColl’s in UK

UK supermarket chain Morrisons’ plans to supply McColl’s convenience stores and newsagents signal a firm commitment to move back into the convenience market, says GlobalData Senior Analyst Molly Johnson-Jones. Morrison’s MLocal stores were sold in 2015 following a failed effort to participate in the growing convenience market. Ms Johnson-Jones says …

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Beverage companies to head NSW container-deposit scheme

The NSW government has appointed Exchange for Change, a beverage-industry joint venture comprising Coca-Cola Amatil, Asahi, Carlton & United Breweries, Coopers, and Lion, as coordinator of the ‘Return and Earn’ container-deposit scheme (CDS) due to roll out in the state in December. The initiative will give customers a 10¢ refund …

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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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Newsagents say sport lottery may dent hospital funding

The Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association (ALNA) has warned that a proposed national lottery to fund athletes could be at the expense of funding for hospitals, schools, and infrastructure. Every year, lotteries deliver $1.6 billion through lottery taxes to state and territory governments, supporting a range of public uses. As part …

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