Desperately seeking toilet paper, pasta or hand sanitiser? Some relief is just weeks away

By Flavio Romero Macau, Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics, Edith Cowan University Panic buying, shop shelves emptied of toilet paper, hand sanitiser, pasta and other household supplies, supermarkets policing limits on buying products, Amazon and eBay stopping opportunists from selling items at exorbitant prices. When will things get back to normal?…

Reserve Bank and government prepare fresh emergency measures as markets tumble

By Peter Martin, Visiting Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University The government is planning to deliver a second coronavirus economic support package within days, and the Reserve Bank will announce “further policy measures” to support the economy on Thursday. The bank sometimes uses the phrase “policy measures” to describe adjustments to its “policy…

Thou shalt not steal

By Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre The wine industry is plagued by knockoffs. Piracy tactics range from mis-labelled bottles, over diluting of products to using similar-but-different brands – a glass of Benfolds, anyone? You can talk about “the sincerest form of flattery”, but don’t do it around Treasury Wine Estates. We can’t be sure of…