This Week in the Market – 29 September 2020

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In this week’s Market News:

– Changes to face mask rules
– Scholarship program extended
– Free economic recovery webinar

Market News
Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
Market users are reminded that they must continue to follow COVID rules at all times. 

Victoria Police have indicated to the MMA that they will be visiting the Melbourne Market in the coming weeks to monitor compliance as it relates to mask-wearing and social distancing. Victoria Police have the authority to issue on-the-spot, $200 fines for those not wearing an appropriate face covering. 

Yesterday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced new requirements for the type of face coverings that can be worn. You must wear a fitted face mask, which covers the nose and mouth. Bandanas, scarves and face shields will no longer be an acceptable form of face covering, and as such, the MMA will also need to enforce this variation to the existing face-covering laws for Market users.

Like all Victorians, Market users will have a two-week adjustment period for this new rule.

Ensure you are wearing your mask correctly, it should be fitted over your nose and mouth at all times. 

Detailed information regarding the impacts of COVID on Market operations can be found on our website at

Scholarship program extended for 2 more weeks! 

With a handful of scholarship places still available, the MMA has asked Melbourne Polytechnic to extend the scholarship closing date to coincide with the course start date.

The closing date for applications for the scholarship program has been extended until Friday 9 October.

This is the last chance to take advantage of the MMA scholarship program and receive significant funding for your course.

If you’ve been thinking about enrolling yourself, or your staff, into the Certificate III in Greengrocery, apply today.

Click here to apply for a scholarship now.If you still have questions about the course, or want to find out more, you can download a course flyer, or feel free to drop us a line at where we will be happy to answer any questions you have via phone or email.

If you’re an employer, now is the time to train up your team on us.
Take advantage of the MMA’s scholarship program and make sure you have a workforce that is a cut above the rest.

Click here for full course info

Economic recovery: The challenges and opportunities for businesses

Melbourne’s North Food Group, NORTH Link and Bank of Melbourne are hosting a free webinar on the current state of the economy as we move towards emerging from restrictions.  Bank of Melbourne Chief Economist Besa Deda will also discuss the challenges and opportunities that Victorian businesses face on the road to economic recovery.

The presentation will touch on:
– Economic and financial market overviews
– What the nature and speed of the recovery might look like
– Possible impacts on the share market and housing prices
– The current and future prospects for food and beverage sector

Bank of Melbourne will briefly highlight how they can assist businesses and their employees during the economic recovery.
Click here to register your attendance or for more information contact Tyler Harford on 0447 777 914 or

Farewell Pina

The MMA was sad to say goodbye to a much-loved staff member Pina Cardamone, who resigned from her role with the MMA last week. Pina was well known around the market and assisted many market users with their parking arrangements and financial matters. If you had previously been in the habit of contacting Pina directly with your queries, we ask that you contact the MMA finance team on 9258 6100 or the Customer Service Centre on 9258 6123 in the future. 
We thank Pina for her hard work and dedication over the past five years and wish her all the very best in her future endeavours. 

Collect your free point-of-sale pack today!

A limited amount of free ‘Spring Fresh’ campaign material is still available for A better choice! retailers.
Your merchandise pack includes:
– Posters (A3 and A4)
– Basket liners
– Back of house posters (to inform your staff)
– Recipe cards (3 delicious recipes)
– Wobblers

You can collect your point-of-sale pack from three convenient locations in the market:
– Art & Style (shop 78A, Buyers Walk)
– Customer Service Centre
– Gate 1 security office 

‘Spring Fresh’ promotes a shopping occasion that places the community at heart and ‘shop local’ at the forefront.

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 Carts ‘n’ Parts set up sales showroom on Buyers’ WalkCarts ‘n’ Parts, one of our newest market tenants, are experts in golf cart and electric buggy servicing, sales, and repair.  

After operating for 15 years in Queensland, they have expanded their operations into Melbourne, which has been a huge success. 

Carts ‘n’ Parts are conveniently located in EFS2 for all your servicing and repair needs. They are now also displaying new cart models for sale in Tenancy 52 on the Buyers’ Walk. 

Just released is a new “Market Package” cart that has a large flat utility tray and an automatic park braking (pictured below). Available for a test drive now.

Be sure to say “hi” to Steve (Sales Manager) and Lachy (Head Mechanic) as they will be able to help you out with any golf cart or electric buggy servicing sales, and repair needs.

Free Infection Control Training

The Victorian Government, along with the Commonwealth Government, is directly responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by fully funding infection control skill sets to customer-facing employees.
Melbourne Polytechnic is running free infection control training courses under this funding. 

Training specifically demonstrates best-practice for:
– Transport and Logistics
– Retail
– Food Handling

This is a great opportunity to support your staff with relevant, practical training while showing your customers that your staff are doing everything they can to maintain a safe environment in your place of business.
Click here to find out more

Industry News
Research finds big gap between shopper and retailer expectations

More than 70 per cent of Australian consumers believe they are usually better informed about products than the frontline store associates who sell them, according to new research by Manhattan Associates.

The survey, which polled 2000 Australian buyers and 100 larger retailers, also revealed that half of the respondents place the extensive product knowledge of store assistants as their highest priority demand when making a purchase.

With staff at the local greengrocer generally having greater expertise in fresh produce compared to their supermarket counterparts, the research confirms that product knowledge and customer service is a real advantage for independent retailers.  
Read more on the Inside Retail website

Melbourne Market Job Board

Do you have a vacancy to fill in your business?
Email for the position to be placed on our new online job board. Jobs will be posted in the weekly newsletter and on the Melbourne Market website.

Forklift Operator / Truck driver – RLD Produce
Duties include: 
Transport produce from farm in Coldstream to Market.
Unload and distribute produce to customers. 
The right person would need to be able to work alone and alongside the grower in the market.
Must be competent in using and hold current forklift licence and truck licence.
Start time from farm: 1am. Weekend work also available.
Please forward resume and any enquiries to:

Picker / Packer / Driver – Just Fresh Wholesalers
Duties include: 
Picking & packing orders.
General warehouse duties.
HR/Forklift Licence highly regarded.
For more information, please call Michael on 0416 041 368 or Rick on 0422 802 957.

Forklift driver
We are looking for a good reliable forklift driver working overnight Monday through Friday. Job to commence end of November.
Please contact John Zhuang on 0402829128 or

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