This Week in the Market edition 159 – 28 November 2017

In today’s This Week in the Market, Christmas and New Year trading hours announced, charity auction results, fees update for 2018,  and Mango Point of Sale kits still available.

Market News

Christmas and New Year trading hours

The Market will be closed on the following dates during the Christmas and New Year holiday periods with a couple of exceptions.

  • Saturday 23 December to Tuesday 26 December – Christmas
  • Saturday 30 December to Monday 1 January – New Year

Access to the Market on Saturday 23 December is available for collection of produce to facilitate arrangements made between buyers and sellers.

The Buyers’ Walk will be closed but access to stores is available from the rear.

Trading hours will operate as normal outside of these holiday periods.

Fees update

On 1 January each year, general Market fees, including access cards and parking, increase by a fixed 4 per cent.

Click here to view the schedule of fees as of 1 January 2018.

Store leases and warehouse leases increase 31 August or the anniversary of the lease term annually.

North East Link corridor option chosen

The Victorian Government has officially announced its preferred route for the North East Link.

Option A is the chosen corridor and will cost $16.5 billion to construct.

It’s the cheapest and most direct way to link the M80 in Greensborough to the Eastern Freeway via Bulleen Road.

It will be 11km long and include tunnelling of ­5km.The North East Link project will provide an essential connection for the Market community travelling from the south east, which should improve travel times and efficiency for businesses.

Read here for more information.

Have your say here - are you happy with Option A as the preferred route?

Charity auction results

An incredible $200,000 was raised for HeartKids from the auction of VFS Produce’s pallet of delicious stone fruit and donated items.

The Bid for Kids Charity Summer Fruit Auction took place last Thursday morning with support from the Market community and football stars including Jake King, Anthony Koutoufides and Mark Harvey in attendance.

VFS Produce principal Tony Siciliano said it was a fantastic result and effort from the organisers.

“It was great that the whole Market got behind it,” he said.

“I’ve had calls from different people saying how fantastic it was for the Market community.”

Mr Siciliano said the funds raised would go towards providing accommodation for families from regional and outer areas, ensuring they could stay together while their child received treatment.

Safety in the Market

Wear your hi-vis vests at all times in the Market

The real reason for workplace safety isn’t at work at all. It’s about enabling everyone to return home to their families at the end of their shift unharmed, as we all expect.There are hundreds of vehicles, including forklifts, trucks and electric vehicles, operating across the site on a daily basis.You must wear your Australian-standard high-vis vest at all times to ensure you are visible to help keep you safe.

Industry News

Free Mango Point of Sale kits still available

There are still some great Mango Point of Sale kits available for Melbourne Market retailers.

They’re available for FREE from the Melbourne Market heritage truck in front of the Customer Service Centre.

Each kit contains:

  • Colourful posters for in-store displays
  • Buntings
  • Concertinas

Hurry though – stocks are limited!

Key Dates

Christmas and New Year

  • 23 to 26 December 2017 - Market closed
  • 30 December to 1 January 2018 - Market closed

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