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Stephanie Palmer-Derrien

Stephanie Palmer-Derrien is the startups and technology editor at SmartCompany. You can contact her at

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Kmart denies rumours of switch to self service only

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Consumer groups call for regulation in “unfettered” BNPL industry

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Byron Bay business accuses Aldi of releasing ‘copycat’ picnic rugs

“A heartbreaking thing has happened,” Wandering Folk founder Sharnee Thorpe says in an Instagram video.

Covid-19 drives 700 per cent jump in social media shopping in Australia

Unsurprisingly, it’s younger consumers driving this shift, with 42% of Gen Z respondents and 30% of Millennials saying t...

CommBank launches apps Little Birdie and Cheddar in retail “land grab”

A social-media style algorithm will serve users with content from merchants relevant to them, offering deals to an alrea...

Director ID changes come into effect: Here’s what you need to know

From April next year, new IDs will have to be in place before a director is appointed.

Eftpos to launch QR-code payments: What does it mean for retailers?

Eftpos is partnering with banks, big retailers and fintech to allow consumers to pay using QR codes.

Who Gives a Crap raises $41.5 million in first funding round

It’s a significant first raise for a startup that’s been bootstrapped for nine years, but it also proves increasing inte...

Refundid raises $3 million for tech turning BNPL model on its head

Founded in July 2020 and launched in February 2021, Refundid is a fintech tool designed to cut, or essentially eliminate...

Mandatory vaccinations in the workplace: Who’s liable, and for what?

On Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison placed the onus on businesses, essentially saying employers can make vaccinatio...
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City of Sydney to offer $4 million in small business support

A total of $4 million will be available to help small businesses collaborate with creatives on initiatives to support th...

Morrison proposes “more simple and streamlined” business support process

Speaking to media, the PM announced he would propose the changes to the way support is dished out at the National Cabine...

Five years after Shark Tank, sportswear startup OnTheGo collapses

Reports suggest the startup has collapsed, owing some $6.5 million to creditors, and is set to be wound down once its as...

Coles embraces AI for fresh produce management

This move from Coles is just the latest example of Australia’s grocery behemoths embracing a new, tech-enabled future of...