Tidying up confusing recycling, waste system

Tidying up confusing recycling, waste system

A flurry of activity in recent weeks – some of it public, some not – shows the Government is finally getting around to tidying up New Zealand’s confusing recycling and waste system. But it will need to make sure it treads carefully if it is to take the public with it....

A huge leap forward but we still have a duopoly

Things have moved fast since the Commerce Commission announced the recommendations from its market study into the grocery sector. With the ink on the report dry for barely a week, stakeholders were being invited by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment...
Tidying up confusing recycling, waste system

ComCom report: changes need to happen fast

The two supermarket chains will no doubt be pleased by the absence of recommendations for big structural changes to the sector in the Commerce Commission’s final report on the grocery market study. Others, particularly those looking to find a way into the market as a...
Tidying up confusing recycling, waste system

A commitment that can start tomorrow

The Commerce Commission Market Study into grocery retailing has been thorough and has exceeded all my expectations in terms of the meticulous nature of the research and information gathering from the perspective of economics and competition law. It has been great to...

Weak competition and high returns

The recent draft report by the Commerce Commission confirmed New Zealand’s supermarket market structure is a duopoly, that there is weak competition and that the returns are high. While there are few opportunities and competition to own a supermarket, there’s not much...

Towards better conduct

A Grocery Code of Conduct came closer recently when the Food & Grocery Council appeared before a parliamentary select committee to make an oral submission on our petition. We have long advocated for a framework similar to those in Australia and the UK which...

Food and grocery soldiers

Following the announcement of the latest Level 4 lockdown, the Police tweeted, “Go Home, Stay Home. You’re It”, in reference to a favourite childhood game for many of us. At the time, I thought it was clever and humorous social media, but I didn’t appreciate how well...

An opportunity we must take

Anyone doubting the thoroughness with which the Commerce Commission would conduct its market study into competition issues concerning consumers, retailers and suppliers in the grocery sector would have been well and truly silenced by their draft report. At a whopping...

Grocery market study report a wake-up call

There’s been a lot to take in from the Commerce Commission’s draft report on their market study into New Zealand’s grocery sector. There’s no doubt everyone wants lower grocery prices, and that’s what was behind the Government’s instruction to the commission: was...

Facing NZ’s logistics nightmare

The New Zealand economy has been built on the export of food, kicked off in a big way by the first successful shipment of frozen meat on the ‘Dunedin’ to Great Britain from Totara, in Otago, in 1882. Of course, there was exporting before that, with the first trades...