May 19, 2020

Coles follows Woolworths in banning throwaway plastic bags from mid-2018

Australian supermarkets
Addie Thomes
2 min
Coles follows Woolworths in banning throwaway plastic bags from mid-2018

Supermarket chain Coles will not be offering customers single-use plastic bags from July 2018.

The move follows other stores including Woolworths, Big W and BWS, and may prompt state-wide legislation in some parts of Australia which haven’t already made the move.

Single-use bags have already been banned by law in several states, including South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT and Tasmania.


States affected by this latest move are those without legislation already in place, namely New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia, where increasing political pressure is being placed on provincial governments to act. Queensland has passed legislation which will take effect from next year.

Woolworths says it hands out more than 3.2 billon throwaway bags every year, and will offer reusable bags for customers to buy.

The announcement from Coles comes shortly after the supermarket won another international wine award, this time a Double Gold for its St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon, priced at just $6 and fended off competition from far pricier rivals.

The wine is sold through Coles-owned outlets Liquorland, First Choice and Vintage Cellars. Last year its $5 Big & Bold Shiraz won accolades and consequently sold out within days. It is expected that the Cabernet Sauvignon will fly off the shelves equally quickly.

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Jun 22, 2021

Digital Leader Mobiquity Expands Into Asia-Pacific

3 min
Mobiquity pursues a vision of global growth with its first APAC hire—Gustavo Quiroga, its new Vice President of Business Development Financial Services

As an international digital consulting firm, Mobiquity helps a global client base upgrade its digital banking and financial services. The company employs 1,200 team members across 50+ nationalities and serves an estimated 200+ million users each day. Recently, the company built out a digital banking experience for the Bank of the Philippines Islands’ online and mobile platforms—exemplifying its mission to help leading brands engage with technology in meaningful ways. 


To highlight Mobiquity’s services, here are a few of the company’s recent accomplishments


  • Designed and developed the first FDA-approved digital medicine system
  • Launched a five-star mobile ordering app
  • Pioneered a cloud-based IT infrastructure that prevented bank fraud
  • Built the official AWS re:Invent 2017 and 2018 mobile apps 


What Makes Mobiquity Stand Out? 

According to Mobiquity, it's the people that make all the difference. ‘We’re born innovators who like meaty challenges’, the company wrote. ‘We go deeper, getting to the root of your customers’ friction and creating personalised engagements that deliver much more than a digital experience alone’. Now, the company has added former Microsoft and IBM director Gustavo Quiroga to its team. 


Who Is Gustavo Quiroga? 

At Mobiquity, he’ll be the first Vice President of Business Development Financial Services in APAC. With years of experience in the industry, Quiroga has developed numerous tech, business, and customer experience projects: at Microsoft, he led a top Aussie Azure Data and AI specialist team, and at IBM, he applied AI and deep analytics to transform the company’s business processes, CX, and UX. 


Based in Sydney, Australia, Quiroga will start to work with Mobiquity clients in Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines and take responsibility for expanding the company’s regional operations. ‘Our best way to impact client outcomes’, he wrote, ‘is by listening to them with an inquisitive and open mind and empowering our people to do the same’. 


When notified of the announcement, Quiroga expressed excitement over his new role. ‘I’m delighted to join Mobiquity and support the company’s rapid expansion across the Asia-Pacific region. I joined Mobiquity to develop, design and implement digital products and services that create meaningful experiences with customers...and I look forward to using my expertise to develop partnerships where we can achieve this every day’. 


Where Does Mobiquity Go From Here? 

In the past six months, Mobiquity has hired over 100 new employees, including the high-profile additions of Howard Moore, Senior Director of Banking, and Ruby Walia, Senior Advisor for Digital Banking. This falls in line with the company’s hyper-growth strategy to deliver digital products to the world. 


As Matthew Williamson, Mobiquity’s Vice President of Global Financial Services, explained: ‘Our appointment of Gustavo demonstrates [our] commitment to hiring an A-list team of talent. The latest addition to the Mobiquity team supports our vision of global growth in Asia-Pacific, as a recognised partner within the banking and finance ecosystem’.


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