Retail trade

Working paper

Labour protests during the pandemic: the case of hospital and retail workers in 90 countries

With a novel methodology searching news events from world’s largest news agencies via the online GDELT project, this report documents protest of key workers against their working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic in 90 countries.

Retail investor research

This report presents the findings of research into Australian retail investors’ motivations, attitudes and behaviours. The results provide a point-in-time snapshot of the period following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contemporary community pharmacy practice: white paper

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has launched its first contemporary community pharmacy practice white paper, which highlights three key elements of consideration which form the foundation of a viable and sustainable contemporary community pharmacy practice.

Review of Ofgem's regulation of the energy supply market

This report contains the findings of an independent review in the United Kingdom, commissioned by Ofgem's Board, into the root causes of the recent supplier failures and specifically, into how regulation of the retail energy industry played a part.

Impact of technological and other change on the future of work and workers in New South Wales: First report - the gig economy

A key recommendation in this inquiry report is for the NSW Government to establish a powerful new tribunal to set enforceable, fair standards for all workers in the gig economy, regardless of their employment classification.

Market study into the retail grocery sector

The purpose of this study is to examine whether competition in the New Zealand grocery sector is working well and, if not, what can be done to improve it.

Pandemic pressures: job security and customer relations for retail workers

This report offers insights into the challenges faced by retail, fast food and distribution workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent lockdowns. The focus is upon the impact on job security and worker-customer relations during the pandemic.

Challenges of work, family and care for Australia’s retail, online retail, warehousing and fast food workers

This report provides information about the work, family and care arrangements of employees in Australia’s retail, fast food and warehousing industries.

Econometric analysis of the New Zealand retail grocery sector

This report examines how the structure of local grocery markets affects prices and margins in New Zealand.

Independent Panel Review into the proposed Dan Murphy’s development in Darwin

The Independent Panel Review was announced by Woolworths Group in December 2020 to review the proposed Dan Murphy’s Darwin development and provide a report to the Woolworths Group Board. This report outlines the findings.

A toolkit for creating healthy food and drink environments in community food retail outlets

This toolkit uses the latest evidence to guide local government action on providing healthy food retail environments in council-owned facilities.

Rationalising regulation: helping the economy recover from the corona crisis

Australia’s anachronistic, inconsistent and excessive regulatory landscape is an area of immense potential for growth-enhancing economic reforms. This paper considers regulations across a wide range of sectors, including the construction, agricultural, pharmaceutical, retail trade, mining, hospitality and tourism, and childcare sectors.
Discussion paper

Consumer payment behaviour in Australia: evidence from the 2019 Consumer Payments Survey

The 2019 Consumer Payments Survey (CPS) showed that Australians are continuing to switch to electronic payment methods in preference to cash for their day-to-day transactions. More recently, the switch to electronic payment methods is likely to have accelerated as a result of consumer and merchant...

Market structure for recreational cannabis

This report outlines BERL's recommended structure for the potential legal recreational cannabis market in line with Government objectives and market decisions agreed by Cabinet.

Rebuild New Zealand: retail sector

In its report PwC analyses data from a range of sources to paint a picture of the trading environment in the wake of COVID-19, and considers what developments in consumer sentiment may tell us about what lies ahead for the retail sector.
Briefing paper

Policy memo: Commercial tenancy intervention for COVID19 resilience

Prosper Australia has prepared this policy brief to present a solution as to how state governments can provide relief and certainty to businesses, while allowing landlords to participate in economic resilience measures.

Container Refund Scheme - price monitoring review: final report

The Queensland Productivity Commission was asked to undertake a review of pricing impacts from the scheme over the first 12 months of its operation. This report outlines their findings. The underlying policy aim of the review is to ensure that consumer interests are protected from...
Briefing paper

Needle in a haystack: searching for the impact of tax cuts on consumer spending and economic growth

Despite the supposed benefit of recent Commonwealth government tax cuts in boosting disposable income and stimulating more spending, the latest economic statistics have confirmed that Australia's economy is barely limping along.

Everyone’s business: survey on sexual harassment of members of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association

The data contained in this report captures what SDA members’ have said about their experiences of sexual harassment both in the workplace and, more broadly, in their lifetime. It should be noted that the 2019 survey results reflect people’s experiences of sexual harassment as reported...

Container Refund Scheme - price monitoring review: interim report

Findings in this report should be considered as interim, based on the relatively short time the scheme has been in operation. The Commission is requesting information from stakeholders on a range of issues and will undertake further analysis on a number of areas, as well...
Discussion paper

Container Refund Scheme - price monitoring review: issues paper

The Queensland Container Refund Scheme commenced on 1 November 2018—allowing people to take empty drink containers to a collection point for a refund. The scheme is funded through a surcharge on beverage manufacturers. The Queensland Productivity Commission has released this issues paper to assist interested...
Discussion paper

Fork in the road: the impact of the two major parties’ penalty rate policies in the 2019 federal election

This report forecasts the impact on workers' incomes over the next term of parliament under the two major parties' respective penalty rates policies.
Briefing paper

April holiday cluster highlights income losses from reduced penalty rates

This research puts a number on the total loss of wages that will be experienced by workers in the broad retail and hospitality sectors through the coming holiday period: $80 million this year, rising to $107 million for a similar period once the rate cuts...

High streets and town centres in 2030

Significant changes in consumer behaviour, retail offerings and economics have seen what has been described as 'the death of the high street' in the UK. This inquiry makes recommendations for the future of the high street and town centres, which have a role to play...