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    Virtual food: Digital age sparks changes to fast-food services

    Virtual food: Digital age sparks changes to fast-food services

    Over the past five years, rising health consciousness has forced companies within the Australian fast-food industry to use digital platforms to leverage on convenience and maintain their share of a maturing market. McDonald’s and Domino’s are two of the most prolific in this digital revolution, and have used new technology to attract and retain a younger audience while implementing […]

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    Strong connection: The NBN will provide opportunities for smaller telecommunications players

    Strong connection: The NBN will provide opportunities for smaller telecommunications players

    The ongoing rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) will have a significant impact on telecommunications businesses, forcing them to shift their strategic focus and increasingly partake in M&A activity. This will benefit smaller telecommunications companies, as consumers will be forced to evaluate their internet service provider, rather than just continue with their existing service. […]

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    Junk mail: Declining mail volumes have contributed to stamp price increases

    Junk mail: Declining mail volumes have contributed to stamp price increases

    Declining mail volumes over the past five years have led Australia Post to increase the price of stamps from 70 cents to $1.00 from January 2016 onwards. Mail volumes have declined each year from a peak in 2008 as email, social media, text messaging and phone calls have replaced postal communications. As a result, Australia […]

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    IBISWorld reveals Australia’s Top 1000 companies

    Business analysts at IBISWorld have revealed a list of Australia’s Top 1000 companies, offering detailed and diverse insights into the nation’s most successful companies, growing and declining sectors, and new businesses to watch in 2016 and beyond. Top 10 companies by revenue Retail behemoth Wesfarmers has jumped into the number one position, overtaking major rival Woolworths […]

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    National Leadership

    National Leadership

    Fifteen years into the new century, it is hard to find good leadership in many of the world’s 230 nations. It’s just as scarce among the 34 largely developed economies in the OECD, including Australia. Yes, New Zealand, Switzerland, most of the Scandinavian countries and a handful of others make the cut, but most others […]

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    Private labels the new cash cow for dairy industry

    Private labels the new cash cow for dairy industry

    A growing number of private labels poses a new strategic challenge for dairy producers The increasing popularity of private labels, which account for approximately 25% of products sold in supermarkets and grocery stores and are particularly prevalent the in milk, cheese and butter segment, is causing dairy producers to increasingly vie for lucrative private-label contracts […]

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    Attracting interest: Peer-to-peer lending set to take off in Australia

    Attracting interest: Peer-to-peer lending set to take off in Australia

    Financial technology, also known as FinTech, is a rapidly growing line of business that is revolutionising the financial services sector and disrupting existing financial service providers. Similar to Uber for ride sharing and Airbnb for room sharing, FinTech brings together finance and technology to introduce new ways to deliver financial services. One of the most […]

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    Fashion backward: Career progression increasingly difficult for fashion students

    Fashion backward: Career progression increasingly difficult for fashion students

    As school leavers prepare for the next step in their education, IBISWorld examines the challenges and opportunities for textile, clothing and footwear students. As enrolments climb, access to apprenticeships is emerging as a bottleneck for progression in the local-fashion industry. The domestic clothing and footwear manufacturing industries continue to decline, as the majority of production […]

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    We always need innovation, but what, where and how?

    We always need innovation, but what, where and how?

    Nations need innovation to grow, improve efficiency, and raise their standard of living and happiness. But innovation is a catch-all term with many facets. We often think of innovation as being research and development (R&D) based, and in goods industries such as manufacturing, mining and agriculture. This is misleading. Most innovation is not necessarily a […]

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    Right foot forward: Niche markets expected to allow expansion for footwear retailers

    Right foot forward: Niche markets expected to allow expansion for footwear retailers

    Australian footwear retailers have battled through difficult operating conditions over the past five years. Subdued consumer sentiment and restrained discretionary spending have limited growth among retailers. As a result, IBISWorld expects the footwear retailing industry to contract by 1.2% annualised over the five years through 2015-16. Despite difficult trading conditions, some retailers have implemented successful […]