This Week In The Market – 08 June 2021

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In this week’s Market News:

– Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
– Solar Canopy Update
– Maxi Cages

Market News

Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

The Melbourne Market, including the fruit and vegetable market and the flower market, remains open with regular trading hours; we are essential in Victoria’s fresh produce supply chain.

The following COVIDSafe rules are in place at the Melbourne Market:

  • Fitted face masks are required to be worn at all times while on market land, in both indoor and outdoor locations,
  • Market cafes are restricted to take away service only,
  • Social distancing must be strictly adhered to. You must keep 1.5 metres from others wherever possible,
  • Access to the market is limited to essential personnel only,
  • Only one person per electric vehicle or buggy.

Do your part

The evidence from this latest outbreak shows this variant of the COVID virus is extremely transmissible.

We need everyone to come together and do their part to reduce the risk of COVID transmission in the market.
If the Melbourne Market became an exposure site, it could potentially force hundreds of market users into quarantine, which could significantly impact business operations.

As a preventative measure, and to assist with your own business continuity planning, some market businesses may choose to segregate duties of employees, for example, limiting employee movements to one area like the warehouse or store/stand or splitting workforce days where possible.

You should also regularly check to see if you have attended any COVID exposure sites and follow relevant testing and isolation advice.

QR codes for retailers

As most people would be aware, QR codes are now mandatory in retail settings like supermarkets, greengrocers and other retail stores.
In recent weeks the Victorian government refined the rules around QR codes.

  • All businesses must use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service, other QR code record-keeping systems are not permitted.
  • The 15-minute threshold for QR code check-in has been removed. Anyone entering a retail supermarket, shop or cafe will need to check-in via the approved Victorian Government QR code system, regardless of the time spent in-store.
  • Business must make reasonable efforts to provide or use alternative record-keeping systems for people who do not have access to, or cannot use, a personal mobile phone or another device.

If you still have questions regarding the use of QR codes in retail premises, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/qr-codes-and-digital-record-keeping-contact-tracing, alternatively you can register for a Victorian Government QR code by visiting www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/register-to-use-vic-gov-qr-code-service.

Construction Update 

It has been exciting to see the solar car park canopies take shape over the last few weeks. As shown below, the steel support beams and part of the roofing structure is up for one half of the first canopy in each courtyard. There is still a long road ahead, but progress is steady and on track.

Parking bay relocations 

Parking bays relocations remain in effect while the upright supporting beams for the first canopies are put into place. This first group of parking bays will be relocated until the 6th of July. During this time, we ask for your cooperation and patience while the construction of the undercover parking solar canopies continues.

The MMA will keep up-to-date information on the market website regarding the construction project, including any parking relocations to minimise disruption to businesses ➡️ https://melbournemarkets.com.au/news-events/canopy-project-update/.

Questions
If you have any questions about the parking relocation or the undercover parking project, please contact customer service.

Maxi Cage Damage

Market users may have noticed a change to the Maxi Cages recently. The recycling cages have been fitted with new tarps to replace the steel side cage doors. This has been done to improve safety and practicality when discarding rubbish. However, within the first week of installation, three of these curtains have been damaged, due to forklifts being driven directly up against the maxi cages.

We ask that all market users, particularly forklift drivers, exercise care when putting rubbish in the maxi cage bins. If damaged is incurred through negligence, replacement costs will be passed on to the relevant business.

Shop & Win Winner!

Victoria has claimed another winner for the Shop & Win campaign. Congratulations to Bron Rossi, who won the Nespresso Breville Capsule Machine! It really is that easy for customers to win amazing prizes.

Supporting Local Fruit & Veg Stores!

Visiting local stores is a great way to see first-hand how passionate local fruit and vegetable retailers are about having the finest quality of produce in their stores. A recent visit to the team at The Happy Apple showed us the quality of produce offered, and while we were there, we spoke to Tony, who took us through the store and its history.

As one of many Victoria’s A better choice! retailers, they are taking part in the national Shop & Win competition. Through their own ongoing promotion of the competition, they claimed a Shop & Win winner! Sarah, who won a Weber Family Q BBQ, and nominated The Happy Apple as her local fruit and veg shop! Every nomination goes a long way in becoming the first National Retailer Of The Year!

For more information on the competition, visit www.abetterchoice.com.au/shopandwin.

A Better Choice feedback
Do you have feedback or questions about the A Better Choice program?
We’d love to hear from you, send an email to abetterchoice@melbournemarket.com.au.
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Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Next week, the Market will be closed on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, Monday 14th of June. If your parking permit only allows access on a day that falls on one of the public holidays, and you would like to come to the Market on an alternative adjacent day, you will not be charged for parking and can enter the Market. However, please note, your regular bay may not be available. Please see a Market Relations Officer on arrival for instruction.

Locate a trader at the Melbourne Market

Some market users have indicated that they are experiencing slow responses on the Melbourne Market mobile app. While working to fix the issue, an easy workaround is to use the ‘locate a trader’ feature on the Melbourne Market website from your mobile phone.

The MMA needs your consent before adding or changing these publicly available contact details, so if you notice your business details are incorrect or are not listed and would like to be, please e-mail us at info@melbournemarket.com.au.

Watch the easy user guide video below to see how you can use and save the ‘locate a trader’ feature on the Melbourne Market website on your phone. ➡️ https://melbournemarkets.com.au/finding-your-way/locate-a-trader/.

Click here for the how-to video – Using the locate a trader feature

M80 Ring Road – Upcoming Changes

Changed traffic conditions on the M80 Ring Road: a lane in each direction on the M80 Ring Road between Sydney Road and Edgars Road will continue to be closed until 5am, Friday 11 June.

Speed limits will also be reduced to 60km p/hour during this time. You can find out more about all upcoming road closures by clicking here.

Industry News

Circuit breaker support packages

The Victorian Government has announced some Circuit Breaker Business Support Package for businesses affected by the circuit breaker.

The Business Costs Assistance Program will offer grants of up to $7000 for eligible businesses directly affected by the circuit-breaker industry restrictions, including restaurants and cafes, event suppliers, accommodation providers and non-essential retailers. Click here to visit the website and to find out more.

Melbourne Market Job Board

To view and apply for all current job listings please click here 

Rosengal Wholesale – Store Person
Rosengal Wholesale currently have a Monday – Friday position available.
The role will include making up of orders along with forklift delivery.
Scicluna’s – Assistant Manager & Deli Manager 
Scicluna’s has 2 exciting opportunities for an Assistant Manager and a Deli Manager at our beautiful Mentone store.  Mentone is the largest Scicluna’s retail store, selling groceries, fresh produce and flowers as well as having a café and gourmet food deli.
The Harvest Store Plenty Valley – Fruit & Veg Shop Floor Assistant 
The Harvest Store Plenty Valley seeks an enthusiastic Fruit & Veg Shop Floor Assistant who is passionate and will enjoy working part of a team-first company.
Gwynne’s Vegin Out – Pick packer/ Delivery driver
Gwynne’s Vegin Out currently have a Monday to Friday casual position available for a pick packer/delivery driver. Hours are 1.30 am to between 6am and 9am. The position consists of Packing fruit and vegetable orders from invoices at the Epping Market and delivering to Melbourne CBD and surrounding suburbs.
Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email submissions@melbournemarket.com.au for the position to be placed on our online job board.
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Ask the MMA

If you’ve got a question for the MMA email it to: submissions@melbournemarket.com.au.

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