Freshly Squeezed: 19.09.19

Ally Feiam By Ally Feiam | 19 Sep 2019

The National Retail Association ‘slams’ Qld Government’s Christmas Eve public holiday and Catch expands its fashion category. Get a healthy dose of news as we uncover the day’s top stories in e-commerce and retail.

Catch Expands Fashion Range

Catch has expanded its fashion database with the inclusion of Lovisa, Beme and Lover the Label to its marketplace. “Since its launch two years ago, Catch Marketplace has been a huge success. We sell thousands of products on Catch Marketplace every day, and fashion is continuing to grow as our current, and new customers discover just how broad our range is, enjoy the band selection and the great prices,” said Nati Harpaz, the CEO at Catch Group.

“Our ethos at Catch is to offer our customers unrivalled value and convenience on a huge range of products and services. That same principle applies to our suppliers and the brands we work with. Catch is a trusted name and the fact that so many Australian and international brands choose to range their brands on Catch is a testament to that. We are delighted to welcome even more fashion brands to our portfolio of sellers, offering Aussies the latest fashion and a growing product range.” Some of the brands that were added to the list include Noni B, Rockmans, Cooper St, Lovisa, Black Pepper, Yarra Trail, Lover the Label, Beme and W lane.

The Iconic Announces Partnership with REDCycle

The Iconic has launched a partnership with REDCycle as part of its 2020 Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing Strategy. REDCycle is Australia’s leading ‘soft’ plastic waste recycling service, and this new partnership encourages al Iconic shoppers to use the soft plastics when making a purchase online. “The Iconic is proud to be partnering with REDCycle to help educate customers on how they can reduce their personal impact by recycling their soft plastics packaging via REDCycle collection bins. We take our commitment to social and environmental responsibility very seriously, and we’re currently working through plans to adopt more sustainable packaging by early 2020 as part of our Sustainability Strategy. Although we’ve made great progress to date for reducing our most significant environmental impacts, we know we still have a long way to go, and we hope that through our mantra of ‘progress, not immediate perfection’, we can encourage other large businesses to recognise their part in driving collective, actionable change,” explained Jaana Quaintance-James, Head of Sustainability & Ethical Sourcing at The Iconic.

Elizabeth Kasell, Director at RED Group, comments: “REDcycle is thrilled to partner with The Iconic to help both their business and customers take control when it comes to recycling soft plastics. We hope that through this partnership, more people recognise the responsibility they have at home and in their work environment for helping to reduce the amount of plastic packaging going into landfill. We need to work together to make true change, and we’re more than excited to help The Iconic educate its customers on how to do so when it comes to soft plastics.”

NRA Slams QLD Government’s Christmas Eve Public Holiday

The National Retail Association (NRA) held a protest outside Queensland’s Parliamentary Annexe at noon today. The protest in question regards the  Government’s announcement that it will introduce legislation regarding the public holiday status of Christmas Eve. ” Government’s announcement that it will introduce legislation regarding the public holiday status of Christmas Eve,” explained Dominique Lamb, the CEO of the NRA. “[The] report came to a conclusion based on research and consultation with industry, and this government has absolutely failed to meaningfully consult with industry.”

Earlier in August, the NRA released a statement ‘slamming’ the government’s decision to make Christmas Eve a part-public holiday. “Small business retailers are already struggling at present, and all this will do is see their wage bill explode further during a time of year that already contains numerous public holidays,” Ms Lamb commented on August 5th. “There are numerous consequences that could flow from this, none of which are good. Small retailers may opt to pass on the extra costs via higher prices that hurt consumers, or some may decide to simply not open due to it being uneconomical. The Government has opened a consultation period, but we’re sceptical of how genuine this is given how strongly they’ve already nailed their colours to the mast. The retailers who will be hurt most by this are not large multi-nationals, but mum-and-dad small business owners who work ridiculous hours just to make ends meet. These small retail outlets also rely on the Christmas trade period to support their operation during more lean times of the year.”

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