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COVID-19

COVID-19 Archives

Coles sales surge despite pandemic, floods – but Covid costs $65 million

The company said staff absenteeism related to isolation requirements during the Omicron outbreak led to “availability ch...

Easing of isolation rules in Vic, NSW to help ease retail staff shortages

Retailers have welcomed the announcement to change close contact isolation rules in Victoria and NSW this weekend.

Mandatory masks, tests as NY Fashion Week embraces ‘new normal’

Fashionistas will be accessorising their outfits with mandatory masks to attend New York Fashion Week this season, adher...

Bali-bound: What the border reopening means for local retailers

While many Balinese businesses will be hoping to see an influx of international tourists, travel experts believe the fiv...

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...

Isolation rules lifted for critical industries

Critical industries like transport and logistics, food supply and distribution networks, healthcare, emergency services,...

‘Like a ghost town’: Retailers react to the Omicron wave

The latest twist in the pandemic saga has heaped more stress upon the industry. We asked business owners how it’s differ...

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 ...
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76 per cent of retailers impacted by worker isolation: ARA

"We've entered an unprecedented staffing challenge as more people are infected with Covid than at any stage before in th...

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...

Woolies signals NSW delivery issues as Covid cases climb

Supermarket giant Woolies is currently struggling to get product to stores due to a large level of absent staff.

Woolworths’ first half succumbs to Delta’s strain

Sales growth in the half fell to 3 per cent throughout the half, compared to the 10.6 per cent seen this time last year.

Alert but not alarmed: Retail experts react to Omicron

Will the emergence of a new Covid variant cause a return to international border closures and national lockdowns? Expert...

New South Wales retail to see restrictions ease next month

The change, announced by State Premier Dominic Perrottet on Thursday, comes as case numbers remain steady in the state f...

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...
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‘A huge relief’: Retailers react to Melbourne’s reopening

We asked four retail leaders how they’re feeling about the reopening. Here are their thoughts.

Melbourne retail to reopen this Friday

Victoria's sales have lagged behind in other states in recent months, according ot CommSec's State of the State report.

Coles makes vaccination mandatory across most of its business

One day after rival Woolworths announced it will require all staff in Australia to be fully vaccinated, Coles has follow...

New $20,000 support payments for NSW businesses hit by local lockdowns

The cornerstone of the support package are grants for businesses that lose revenue due to wasted perishables or reduced ...

How to turn a short Covid boom into a lasting bloom

As Sydney prepares to emerge from lockdown, businesses that have been raking it in under the Covid economy will have to ...