This Week in the Market – 12 May 2020

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In this week’s Market News:

– COVIDSafe app benefits
– Humans of the Melbourne Market
– A Better Choice aprons flying off the shelves

Market News

Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

The critical piece of advice for Market users is; if you are feeling unwell in any way, you should stay at home and seek medical advice. Do not attend the Market for work, or to purchase flowers or produce if you are feeling unwell in any way.
Detailed information regarding the Coronavirus and its impacts on Market operations can be found on our website at
Social distancing and good hygiene is still the best tool we have to stop the spread of the virus. When at the Market you should remain at least 1.5 metres away from fellow Market users wherever possible, and make sure you are regularly washing your hands with soap and water.

Humans of the Melbourne Market

Do you follow ‘Humans of New York‘ on social media, the iconic page that provides fascinating stories of seemingly ordinary New Yorkers?
Author Ron Harper has been visiting the Melbourne Market over the past months to hear and document the ‘Humans of the Melbourne Market’ stories.
This week we share some of Ron’s work as he takes a glimpse at the life of David Dawood.
Click here to read David’s ‘Humans of the Melbourne Market’ profile.

Weekly words of wisdom

We’ve heard from Joe before, but this video was such a great tip we thought we’d share it again.
Keep those feet and legs inside the vehicle at all times, and remember, buggies are still restricted to one person per vehicle while social distancing measures are in place.

Not a member of A Better Choice? What are you waiting for? 

With the next A Better Choice marketing campaign in the planning stages, there has never been a ‘better’ time to sign up to become a member.

To make sure you are getting the most benefit from your access card contribution, simply complete an A Better Choice membership form.  As soon as you become a member of the program, you will have your business listed on the A Better Choice website, so consumers can easily locate you.
Click the button below to join today!

A Better Choice aprons are flying off the shelves, so much so that we’re looking into releasing other promotional items soon, so keep an eye out!
For now, don’t miss out on the aprons, check out a sample by visiting Art & Style today.
The aprons cost $20+GST each; for those wanting to go with a dual-brand option, it will cost an extra $5 per apron (this is approximate depending on the intricacy of your logo).

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


As restrictions start to slowly ease across Australia, one of the best ways you can keep help keep yourself and those close to you safe, is by downloading the COVIDSafe App.
The COVIDSafe app allows the government to speed up the time taken to contact people who have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) and enables the government to find and contain outbreaks quickly.  With your privacy protected by law, COVIDSafe keeps a secure note of other users you’ve been near, so, if they test positive for coronavirus, you’ll be notified, helping you to keep your own family, friends and work colleagues safe.

The new COVIDSafe app is entirely voluntary, but the more Australians who connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker the government can locate and contain any virus outbreaks.
Learn more about the COVIDSafe app

Industry News

Coronavirus has made home delivery the new normal, but how long can it last?

Many retailers who have relied on home deliveries during this crisis must now decide if they can keep that service up, and whether their customers now expect delivery as the new normal.
Read more on ABC News.

Will Melbourne’s growing urban sprawl impact food security?

Melbourne’s urban fringe provides nearly half of all vegetables and the majority of eggs, chicken, herbs and berry fruit for the city — and it is under threat. Rapid urban sprawl and rural subdivision of land could more than halve Melbourne’s peri-urban food production from 41 per cent to 18 per cent by 2050.
Read more at ABC News.

Here’s to all the Mums.
We hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day.

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