Freshly Squeezed: 29.11.19

Ally Feiam By Ally Feiam | 29 Nov 2019

Amazon and eBay accused of selling illegal skin-lightening products and Australian retailer, Bardot, enters voluntary administration. Get a healthy dose of news as we uncover the day’s top stories in e-commerce and retail.

Bardot Enters Voluntary Administration

Australian fashion retailer, Bardot, has entered voluntary administration citing reason to a ‘highly cluttered’ and ‘increasingly discount-driven market’. The brand, which was established in 1996, will continue to run as usual and honour all gift cards and credits.

“Despite double-digit growth in online sales, and our highly successful expansion into the US and Europe, Bardot’s retail stores in Australia are competing in a highly cluttered, and increasingly discount-driven market,” explained Basil Artemides, the CEO of Bardot. You can read the full article here.

Bunnings to Pay Staff $6.1 Million in Unpaid Super

Bunnings has confirmed the amount that it will pay to its current and former employees $6.1 million worth of unpaid superannuation due to a ‘payroll error’. Bunnings owes $3.89 million in unpaid superannuation, which has affected a total of 40,890 workers. Added to this total is compensation, which increased the figure $6.1 million. Each current and former employee owed equates to $95.33, but the majority will receive less than $70, which has been issued to the ATO (Australian Tax Office).

“We understand the importance of ensuring our team members are paid everything they are entitled to in full and on time – in this case, whilst inadvertent, we haven’t, and we are very sorry for that,” explained Bunnings’ Human Recourses Director, Jacqui Coombes in September, when the story originally broke. You can read more about the story here.

Amazon and eBay Accused of Selling Cosmetics with Mercury

Amazon and eBay are accused of selling skin-lightening products that are contaminated with mercury. The skin-lightening products are considered illegal due to their potentially lethal ingredients. According to test results released by Zero Mercury Working Group, Sierra Club and The Beautywell Project, more than half of the 158 tested products contained illegal levels of the chemical.

“Despite this\ese high mercury and often illegal products already being targeted by governments in the US and elsewhere, our testing shows these same brands continue to be sold by Amazon and eBay, not only in the US but also the EU and India,” explained Michael Bender, Co-Coordinator at Zero Mercury Working Group. “These e-commerce toxic traders are not above the law and they must comply like everyone else.”

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