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Employers and governments should have seen this supply crisis coming

It’s as if nothing has been learned from the outbreaks of COVID-19 in meat-processing facilities in Australia and elsewh...

We’re witnessing one of the worst policy failures in Australia’s history

Australians are getting a stark reminder about how value is actually created in an economy, and how supply chains truly ...

Food shortages are different this time: how to respond and avoid panic

As Omicron infections surge in every state apart from Western Australia, supply chains are being crippled by the sheer n...

What do investors need to know about corporate social responsibility?

Investors play an important role pushing firms towards becoming better corporate citizens.

How Covid-19 changed the way we shop – and what to expect in 2022 and beyond

Increasingly our buying behaviour will be shaped by what marketing experts call omnichannel shopping.

How Victor Gruen’s grand urban vision became our suburban shopping reality

Gruen wanted to re-create in microcosm the walkable, diverse and liveable town centres he so loved in Vienna.

Why ‘buy now, pay later’ stocks fell in 2021, and what’s in store

If you took a punt and bought shares in any of them over 2021, there’s a good chance you’ve lost money.

Consumers value online products more if they’re being virtually touched

Consumers who see a product on sale being virtually touched are more engaged and willing to pay more than if the item is...

How do ethical concerns shape fast-fashion purchases?

Of the world’s industries that profit from worker exploitation, the fashion industry is notorious, in part because of th...

How adaptive clothing can make life easier for people with a disability

The key to effective adaptive clothing is catering for the vast array of needs different consumers have, while maintaini...

Inside the book industry’s supply chain ‘crisis’

While book supply chains are being affected globally, in the United States, paper and cardboard scarcity, along with lab...

Warehouse, shipping workers pay the hidden cost of the holiday season

The run-up to Christmas means long hours and more demanding work for supply chain employees, often under poor conditions...

Chill, this week’s news on wages points to anything but hyperinflation

Suddenly people are talking about inflation, even hyperinflation, in a way they haven’t since the 1980s.

High Court decision on $125m fine for Volkswagen is a shot at greenwashers

The $125 million fine is the largest penalty ever imposed on a company in Australia for misleading consumers.

Why Australia’s ‘great resignation’ is a myth: The Conversation

Possibly more important will be how employers manage workers who became accustomed to working from home during the pande...

Australian companies face more climate-focused resolutions than ever before

In 2020, for the first time in Australia, more than half the shareholders of a public company voted in support of a clim...

57% of Australia’s 150 biggest companies have not made net-zero commitments

However, net-zero commitments have more than tripled in the last year.

Consumers are wise to ‘woke washing’ – so where does that leave you?

With brands increasingly engaging in social change campaigns, the time has come to ask a couple of big questions: is thi...

Why police should not be responsible for enforcing Covid vaccine certificates

The National Retail Association has said the “onus cannot be on the retailer” to enforce vaccine certificate compliance ...

When the vaccinated can enjoy shops and cafes, what about the staff?

How are staff expected to check people’s COVID vaccination status, enforce the rules, and deal with abuse hurled at them...