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The Orange Superhero Pajamas sold by Ozsale, which the ACCC found particularly concerning. The Absorba Boys Bodysuit did not carry the required fire hazard information as required by the mandatory standard

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An online shopping club that sold children’s nightwear “so unsafe that it  should not have been supplied in Australia at all” has been fined $500,000 by the Federal Court.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission brought proceedings against online retailer Ozsale Pty Ltd for selling more than 200 non-compliant garments and stocking more than 11,000 non-compliant garments available for supply to Australian consumers.

“The ACCC brought these proceedings because Ozsale placed children at increased risk of injury by supplying non-compliant garments,” said ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard.

“The Orange Superhero Pajamas were particularly concerning, as the fabric and the length of the cape presented a very real risk of injury, as it could easily brush against a heat source and very quickly catch fire.”

Ozsale offers online memberships to customers to whom it  sells clothing sourced from excess inventory from mostly overseas suppliers.

The retailer, which describes itself as a “doorway to affordable designer fashion”, acknowledged in joint submissions to the court that five styles of children’s nightwear it supplied between February 2014 and October 2015 fail to meet safety standards.

It also admitted that it did not have procedures to ensure that its children’s nightwear met safety standards.

Australia’s mandatory standards for children’s nightwear specify the mass of certain fabrics, to regulate the a garment’s burning capacity, as well as the maximum allowable length for attachments or trims.

“The mandatory safety standard for children’s nightwear exists to ensure that consumers have accurate information about flammability. In this case, one garment was so unsafe that it should not have been supplied in Australia at all,” Ms Rickard said.

The products which Ozsale admitted did not meet mandatory standards included the Absorba Bodysuit, the Sleep Sack and the Orange Superhero Pajamas, all of which lacked a hazard warning label. The latter also failed to comply with fabric mass and length regulations.

Other products, which were labelled with the wrong type of fire hazard warning, were the Joules Junior Pajamas and Babycottons Pajamas.

Consumers who have purchased any of the listed products have been advised to return them immediately to Ozsale, where they are entitled to a full refund.

The $500,000 penalty is not the first for the online retailer, which recently paid a $10,800 penalty and offered court enforceable undertakings for alleged misleading representations in relation to consumer guarantees.

“All retailers who sell products covered by an Australian mandatory safety standard must ensure they have compliance processes in place…failure to do so not only puts consumers at risk but, as these penalties demonstrate, is a breach of the Australian Consumer Law which can attract significant penalties,” Ms Rickard said.

The Herald has contacted Ozsale for comment. Latest consumer news

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Solomon Lew’s Just Group is taking legal action against its former chief financial officer Nicole Peck. Photo: Angela Wylie A Victorian Supreme Court judge has thrown cold water on efforts by Solomon Lew’s Just Group to sue its former chief financial officer Nicole Peck for taking a job at competitor Cotton On shortly after leaving the retailer.

Just Group, which owns Just Jeans, Portmans and stationery retailer Smiggle, took legal action against Ms Peck after she was poached by the rival five months after joining Just Group.

Cotton On owns several brands including its fashion chain of the same name and stationery retailer Typo.

Just Group alleges Ms Peck’s contract restrained her from working for a list of 50 other retailers for 24 months.

But Justice Michael McDonald said the non-compete clause was so broad that it would arguably “prevent Ms Peck from working in the coal mining industry” given Wesfarmers – another competitor – owns coal mines.

The case went to trial despite concerns from Justice McDonald the matter could be resolved more quickly.

Counsel for Just Group, Stuart Wood SC, made the argument on Tuesday that Ms Peck had breached her contract by meeting with Cotton On on several occasions to discuss a potential job.

“All this was unknown to Just Group,” he said.

The trial continues.

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Ferrari allows prospective buyers to view a car in different colours using a smartphone. Photo: Jessica SierIt’s easy to dismiss Pokemon Go as an online fad without application to business. But it’s really the start of the augmented reality trend, which is set to shake up every industry and has particular application for distribution and supply chains.

Augmented reality is one of the most important emerging technology trends. It involves overlaying a computer-generated image on a view of the real world. In a distribution context, it will allow a more accurate picture of the supply chain and its components. It will also mean more accurate modelling can be done of the distribution system.

A good way to think about how augmented reality will transform the supply chain is to apply the way ridesharing service Uber allows users to view where a driver is on a map to a business context.

As soon as a ride is booked, users can follow the car from its departure point to its destination. A more advanced version of this technology, drawing on these augmented reality tools, will soon help power optimised supply chains, allowing businesses to view all the supply chain’s moving parts, giving them the ability to know exactly where their goods are in real time.

Augmented reality is only one of the emerging technologies that will underpin the supply chain of the future. Other new practices such as radio frequency identification (RFID), which uses minuscule computer chips to track items, are also critical.

“RFID is not just about telling you where something is or where it’s been,” says Mike Lorge, managing director at Sage Business Solutions.

“Aside from tracking an item, it can also record how fast it’s moving on a particular route and even monitor temperature. For instance, customers can monitor whether a delivery vehicle has exceeded a certain temperature level for food safety reasons.”

Another tool that will transform the supply chain of the future is additive manufacturing, which is the industrial application of 3D printing. It allows layers of different materials to be added together to create a finished product.

It means businesses can create a highly customised product to industrial standards, often in small lots, to ensure customers are receiving exactly the product their require, reducing wasted stock.

The ultimate benefit of these technologies is better inventory management, which means improved profits down the track. “The supply chain revolves around inventory; having the right stock in the right place at the right time is fundamental,” Lorge said.

“Sage Business Solutions research suggests that organisations using our inventory optimisation software can achieve a 20 to 25 per cent reduction in inventory. So if your company has $5 million in inventory, that’s a $1.25 million saving.”

At the same time as reducing inventory, the supply chain of the future will vastly improve fulfilment rates. “Fulfilment rates increase by up to 95 per cent thanks to a reduction in how much stock you need to carry, and also carrying the right stock,” Lorge said.

Organisations that understand how connected they need to be to the modern supply chain and build that capability into the way they run their businesses give themselves an advantage over their competitors. Something that cannot be ignored in an increasingly cut-throat and disrupted world.

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Australian Livestock and Property Agents chief executive officer Andy Madigan.MEMBERS of the livestock industry have slammed a move by Victoria to mandate Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID) on all sheep.

The Victorian government would require that all sheep and goats born after January, 1, 2017 are fitted with a RFID.

The Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association (ALPA) has slammed the move and raised questions about cross border trade with southern NSW.

Australian Livestock and Property Agents chief executive oficer Andy Madigan said visual NationalLivestock IdentificationScheme tags combined with a correctly completed National Vendor Declaration, make the current mob based system efficient, cost effective and manageable while at the same time providing traceability.

“The current system does and can work well when the business rules are fully implemented and are backed by government,” Mr Madigan said.

He highlighted potential problems regarding the viability of the system across selling centres.

He said to date ALPA had been unable to obtain information on how the system would work in this environment.

“Victorian saleyards yard in their peak selling periods in excess of 50,000 sheep and lambs on sale days,” he said.

“We have serious concerns to the animal welfare of sheep and lambs spending more time than is necessary in saleyards,” he said.

“There are also OH&S implications for our agent members who will be exposed to increased risk due to the additional time required to be spent in the saleyards,” he said.

Mr Madigan acknowledged there will be confusion for cross border trade.

He also highlighted the concerningpotential for lack of competition for livestock from buyers.

And he said it sends aconfusing message to overseas trading partners with Victoria wishing to operate under a different system to the rest of Australia.

Mr Madigan said ALPA will be engaging with the Victorian Government to ensure the best possible outcome for ALPA members and their vendor clients in Victoria and across Australia.

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BRAND NEW: Just 500 metres from Haven, construction is well underway on the Norwest railway station, opening up new possibilities in connecting Norwest with the city.

Construction is now complete at Watermark, the third stage of The Lakes at Norwest,the Hill’s District’s award-winning residential community, with residents moving in fromSeptember.

Strong demand for luxury apartment living has seen all 99 premium apartments sold intwo buildings, Lakeview and Parkview.

Award-winning architect Doug Cummins purchaseda three-bedroom apartment inWatermark.The architect, who has designed more than 100 stunning contemporary homes in BellaVista Waters and won numerous awards for design construction, said he choseWatermark because of the quality, design and unique outlook.

“I bought a corner apartment off the plan with a view across Norwest Lake,” Mr Cumminssaid.

“I have just visited my apartment which is now complete and I am thrilled with the result.The quality and attention to detail in the design and fittings is first rate.”

Set to continue the design and planning standards of excellence established in the firsttwo apartment buildings at Watermark, a third apartment building, Haven at The LakesNorwest, is now selling off the plan.

When completed, this new lifestyle development will comprise of 79 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, some with lake views.

Cafes and retailwill be located on the ground floor of Haven andresidents don’t haveto go far to enjoy a coffee or bite to eat, with direct access to a range of eateries.

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