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Partners with GaP
SPAR Australia has appointed retail
technology supplier GaP Solutions as
their preferred POS solution provider,
however SPAR will continue to
support retailers utilising other POS
programs and work with providers to
support these stores.
SPAR Australia believes this alliance
will be of great benefit to their
retailers. The partnership will see a
number of changes to further both
businesses and provide greater
ser vices to SPAR Australia Retailers.
In addition to the sale of SPAR POS to
GaP, the agreement incorporates the
replacement of SPAR POS software
in SPAR stores with GaP Ezi O ce
This move provides SPAR Australia
with greater abilities and flexibility in
how information is communicated
to Retailers through the GaP Head
O ce System. GaP Solutions'
significant experience in this area
will be beneficial to SPAR Australia
and enable the business to move
into the next phase of development.
This Head O ce System provides the
ability to host and control a range
of features never before seen in the
Independent Grocery sector.
GaP CEO, John Goodacre, advised
"The GaP team are very pleased to
include SPAR as one of their key
allegiances and we look for ward to
working with SPAR Australia Retailers
to implement GaP software to further
develop their stores".
SPAR Australia's Managing Director,
Lou Jardin, said the "decision allows
SPAR Australia to concentrate on our
Online payments provider PayPal
has moved to grab a share of the
growing "mobile" payments market
by launching its own device enabling
merchants to accept credit or debit
card payments anywhere, anytime.
The device, called "PayPal Here",
comprises a mobile phone
application and a thumb-sized
triangular card reader that can be
attached to the audio jack of a smart
Using the combination, a merchant
or tradesperson can swipe the card
through the card reader that is
plugged into the smart phone, and
accept payments via PayPal.
Credit-card reading devices that can
be attached to mobile phones are
already available from Square and
PayPal launched its device during
February in Australia, Hong Kong, the
US and Canada. Further rollouts will
follow in the Asia-Pacific region and
PayPal's head of new ventures in the
Asia-Pacific region, Brad Paterson,
said the device was specifically
intended for small businesses,
especially those that may have
employees "on the road".
The device would be useful to people
such as plumbers, electricians,
masseuses, sales people or operators
of market stalls.
"If a consumer wants to pay with a
credit card, that merchant will now
be able to accept that credit card
and not have to turn that customer
away if they don't have enough cash,"
He said most of the Australian
economy was based upon small
"A lot of them are becoming very
mobile," he said.
"Cash use is in decline. People
are looking to use new forms of
payment, and more than 50% of small
businesses are now using a smart
"They're using it for all parts of their
business, not just for payments, but
for booking appointments, location-
based services, and other things."
Paterson said the device would
initially be compatible with Apple
iPhones but in the near future would
also be available for use on all
warn against new
Chairman of the Independent
Grocers of Australia (IGA),
Mark Crutcher, called for more
consultation before new EFTPOS
charges are brought in over the
Mr Crutcher said the new charges
would e ectively reverse the way
EFTPOS currently worked, which
would not only hurt independent
retailers but also consumers.
"The Federal Government and
regulators must consider the impact
on the independent retail sector
before moving ahead with the new
charges. Every small business in the
country that uses EFTPOS will be
impacted by this - instead of getting
a small rebate for using EFTPOS,
retailers will now be charged for each
"When these changes were first
announced we objected but were
told the full charges were unlikely
to be passed on and it would not
happen for some time.
We now learn that the full charges are
to be passed on and this will happen
in several weeks, not months. I have
members who stand to lose hundreds
of thousands of dollars with this
change and be forced to pass this
extra cost onto the consumer," he
Mr Crutcher said that only the
national chains would be immune
as their size meant they had systems
that were independent of the banks
and therefore they would not be
charged for using the system.
"We see governments and regulators
crying out for competition, just when
it appeared they were beginning to
understand the domination of the
retail sector by the giant chain stores
they hand them another big stick to
"I really do not know how some
of the small retailers are going to
survive yet another huge impost like
this, it is simply not fair that the rules
and charges constantly change, it is
no wonder people are leaving the
Mr Crutcher said all his members
wanted was a level playing field to
take on the might of the giant chain
"We have been told that the EFTPOS
system is expensive to run and needs
to be overhauled. So why not work
with us and negotiate a solution
rather than impose a solution that will
potentially cripple the independent
sector and make the big chains
bigger. It is time for common sense,"
concluded Mr Crutcher.
Mars to cap chocolate
product portions at
Mars Inc. plans to stop shipping
chocolate products containing more
than 250 calories per portion by the
end of next year. This will a ect items
such as the king-size Snickers bar,
which has more than 500 calories.
The calorie limit is part of
the company's "broad-based
commitment to health and nutrition,"
said spokeswoman Marlene Machut.
Previously, Mars announced its
commitment to reducing sodium
levels in all its products by 25% by
This isn't the first time Mars has
announced an initiative based on
social responsibility - in 2007, the
company promised not to buy
advertising if more than one quarter
of the audience was expected to be
under 12 years old.
Convenience Store News, 16/2/12
car charging network
Plans to roll out an electric vehicle
charging network across Australia
have been announced by EV
infrastructure firm Better Place.
The company will commence by
installing plug-in points and battery
swapping stations in Canberra, and
expand across the eastern sea board
"By the end of 2013 we are looking
at hundreds of battery-switch
stations across Australia and tens of
thousands of locations where people
can recharge," said Better Place Head
of Strategy Ben Keneally.
"We are in discussion with many
property owners about where we
will place the battery-swapping
stations. It will start with a few dozen
in Melbourne but will expand over
time. We have to have enough so
that they are in the locations people
want to go as the cars become more
commonplace," he added.
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