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2 minutes ago

Kaufland arrives in Australia

Fiona from Henderson

German supermarket chain Kaufland will open its first Australian stores in 2021, with suppliers having being informed it has already bought 25 sites.

The Australian grocery sector is valued at A$90 billion and it is understood that Kaufland will position itself as a cross between Target and Coles.

The average Kaufland store is tipped to generate $46 million in annual sales, with it expecting to open between 10 and 15 stores on Australia’s eastern seaboard in 2021, with stores holding between 28,000 and 30,000 products.

I wish so much that they will arrive here in the not too distant future.
I absolutely love shopping in Kaufland every time I head up to the northern hemisphere.

9 minutes ago

Countdown’s quiet hour goes nationwide

Fiona from Henderson

From Wednesday 23 October, Countdown stores across New Zealand* will offer customers a low-sensory Quiet Hour every Wednesday from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Countdown has been holding Quiet Hours in a small number of stores for the last year after one of its team with an autistic child suggested it would be a great idea. After testing how the concept would work for team and customers, Countdown is rolling Quiet Hours out nationally after incredibly positive feedback.

Quiet Hour offers customers a time to shop in Countdown stores that is easy on the eyes and ears by reducing noise, lighting and other distractions in-store. Lighting throughout the store is reduced, in-store radio is turned off, checkout volumes are lowered, trolley collection and shelf-stocking is kept to a bare minimum, and there are no PA announcements except in emergencies.

Kiri Hannifin, Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs, Safety and Sustainability, says Countdown’s decision to roll out Quiet Hour nationwide felt right for its diverse customer base.

“We want our supermarkets to be welcoming and inclusive for all New Zealanders and their families. We know grocery shopping can be an anxiety-inducing experience for some customers and we wanted to help with that. By making a few small changes and creating a Quiet Hour, we hope we can make a big difference.

“The lovely thing about Quiet Hour is that we have had very positive feedback from so many customers. Our older customers seem to really enjoy Quiet Hours too, as well as many other Kiwis who actually just find shopping a bit stressful and can now visit at a more peaceful time,” says Kiri Hannifin.

Countdown’s Quiet Hours have been developed with the support of Autism New Zealand, who have provided advice to Countdown’s team on how they can best support customers with sensory needs in their stores.

Dane Dougan, Autism New Zealand Chief Executive, says the invisible nature of autism can mean it’s hard to create understanding and awareness of the difficulties people with autism face carrying out day-to-day tasks.

“We’re thrilled that Countdown will be offering Quiet Hour in its stores and it highlights how some small changes can create a more inclusive environment that will impact people significantly. We’ve had amazing feedback from the autistic community who have benefited from Quiet Hour over the last year and the increased understanding of autism and sensory needs that it is having as well,” says Dane Dougan.

*Countdown’s Quiet Hours will be held every Wednesday from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, with the exception of two stores – Countdown Silverdale and Countdown Northwest which will hold their Quiet Hour from 9am to 10am. At this stage, Countdown’s two metro city stores will not hold a Quiet Hour.

My thoughts on the hours? Well I think that they could've chosen better hours rather than those chosen. School kids are getting out of school, mothers and their wee ones are walking around. It will still be quite noisy and not really the Quiet Hour they are trying to achieve.

7 days ago

Does this guy have a home?

Lauren from Glendene

Hi all,

Does this friendly guy belong to anyone? (or vice-versa as cats go!) We're on Butterworth Drive and have noticed a cat explosion in the last few months with a lot of them congregating in our yard.
This guy has become more and more friendly and lets us approach him and yowls a lot when he comes round to let our 2 cats know that he's come to say hi.
He sprays constantly around the yard and has recently sprayed on our washing on the clothes horse :/
We've tried the paper 'Am I owned?' collar but we're not sure if it just fell off due to damp weather.
Please let me know if you know if he has a home or he's been lost and is trying to wander home. He's in good condition and is unfixed.