Australia Woolworths ABANDONS its cashless store trial
Nerada Herbal tea recall sold at Woolworths, Coles and IGA recalled
Food Standards Australia has urged Woolworths, Coles and IGA's to recall Nerada Organics Lemon and Ginger Organic Herbal Infusion Tea after ethylene oxide contamination was found inside its tea bags. Consumers are warned not to drink the tea with Best Before dates from 08/01/23 to 22/01/23 due to the product potentially causing illness or injury.
Woolworths has scrapped its plan to go cashless after irate customers threatened to boycott the stores and pensioners slammed the supermarket for being 'ageist'.
The supermarket promised the cashless trial, which began in June, would create a 'seamless' shopping experienced for inner-city customers in 14 stores around Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.
But furious customers criticised the move, claiming it was wrong for stores to refuse notes and coins.
'I refuse to shop at any of your card-only places,' one customer wrote on Woolworths' Facebook page.
Major change to Woolworths stores is praised by female shoppers
Woolworths said its 'personal care and sanitary product' and 'feminine hygiene' categories will be renamed to 'period and continence care'The supermarket announced that from Thursday its 'personal care and sanitary product' category will be renamed to 'period and continence care'.
'Cash is legal tender and I do not support the cash ban and will take my money elsewhere.'
One Sydneysider was horrified when he realised a homeless man couldn't buy food at the Central Park store because it only accepted cards.
'He was distressed. And then a Woolworths staffer who had finished her shift quietly paid for his food. The corporate head office needs to act like the staff,' he tweeted.
Someone else replied: 'I can't believe this ridiculous change was allowed through. It's exclusionary and wrong to deny people the right to use cash.'
National Seniors Australia chief advocate Ian Hensche said the trial was 'a form of ageism' that disadvantaged elderly shoppers who 'grew up with piggy banks, cash and cheques'.
COVID-19 speeds up shunning of cash in Aus
Australia's economy will be 98 per cent cashless by 2024, new research suggests. Just 2.1 per cent of point-of-sale transactions in Australia will be cash in 2024, down from 8.3 per cent in 2020, predicts fintech company FIS in its sixth annual Global Payments Report. Globally, cash made up 20.5 per cent of transactions in 2020.FIS says Australia will be the fourth most cash averse economy in the world after Sweden, Denmark and Hong Kong.The decline was hastened by the COVID-19 pandemic, with cash transactions falling 4.4 per cent globally between 2019 and 2020.
'These are people who grew up with cash and they feel comfortable with cash, it is what they want,' he told the.
'If I was an 89-year-old pensioner, why should I be prevented from shopping at my local supermarket?'
Woolworths Metro general manager Justin Nolan said the retailer failed to 'fully appreciate' the reasons why some shoppers choose to use cash over card.
'While almost all Metro customers choose to pay with cards, cash remains incredibly important to those who don’t for a whole range of reasons,' he said.
Based on the feedback, Mr Nolan said the supermarket would end the trial and progressively reintroduce cash options in all metro stores by March 10.
Danila Dilba launches legal action against Woolworths, NT Liquor Licensing director over Darwin Dan Murphy's
One of Australia's largest Aboriginal health services — Danila Dilba — launches a legal challenge against an NT government decision to approve Darwin's first Dan Murphy's store.Danila Dilba chief executive Olga Havnen said the health service filed the case in the Northern Territory Supreme Court on Thursday, against the NT Liquor Licensing director and Woolworths Group, the outlet's parent company.
Melbourne stores that took part in the trial included Caulfield North and Yarraville, along with two outlets on Bourke and Elizabeth streets in the city.
Sydney supermarkets included Manly and Rosebery, and two stores on York Street and George Street in the CBD.
The stores were chosen because only 10 per cent of all monthly transactions were made in cash.
The move to go cashless was accelerated due to the coronavirus pandemic, with many businesses claiming card-only transactions were more hygienic.
According to researchers, it is possible but improbably to spread Covid-19 through coins and notes.
The Reserve Bank of Australia also found that cash payments plunged from 69 per cent in 2007 to 27 per cent in 2019.
Protesters Chant 'Convict Killer Cops' Outside As Jury Selection for George Floyd Trial Begins .
Protesters waved signs demanding "Justice for George Floyd" and to "Convict Killer Cops" as jury selection began Monday in the trial of ex-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. © CHANDAN KHANNA / Contributor/Getty Images A protester flips off a police car outside the Hennepin County Government Center after the first day of jury selection began in the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin who is accused of killing Floyd, March 8, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.