The AFA is tracking developments on this important topic affecting many AFA Members. Australian Competition & Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims has urged the Federal Government to strengthen laws aimed at companies that abuse their market power. Read More . . .
The AFA were happy to hear that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission introduced the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct.
However the AFA feels this code of conduct should be rolled out to cover all sectors where there are suppliers and retailers and wholesalers. AFA is aware of members who have experienced the significant imbalance in bargaining power between suppliers and large retailers and wholesalers.
The current code is only applicable to the Food and Grocery sector, the AFA will contact the ACCC on behalf of members who are experiencing issues with their retailers or wholesalers for a confidential discussion. Read More . . .
The AFA notes that whilst the ACCC’s strategy for 2015 does not include complaints against imported products, including furniture, complaints are in fact on the rise. The new compliance and enforcement priorities for 2015 are on cartel conduct in government procurement, truth in advertising, competition and consumer issues in the health sector and industry codes. Read More . . .