The Coles de­liv­ery isn’t all bad news

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

THIS week our jour­nal­ists took to the streets to ask the com­mu­nity what they thought of the new Coles de­liv­ery op­tion now avail­able in North Bur­nett towns.

The re­sponses were quite mixed. Some res­i­dents thought it was a great idea whereas oth­ers were con­cerned it could dam­age small busi­nesses who rely solely on cus­tomers from the re­gion buy­ing their goods.

As ev­ery­one knows, Coles is a mega-gi­ant which sources its food di­rectly from pro­duc­ers, help­ing our farm­ers greatly.

By hav­ing their ser­vices in the re­gion, this caters for a wider de­mo­graphic and al­lows for the el­derly and re­mote to have their food de­liv­ered to their home.

It’s also user friendly in that some peo­ple may not be in the re­gion and they can pre-or­der food be­fore they ar­rive home.

I un­der­stand busi­ness own­ers are do­ing it tough and it’s im­por­tant that we keep sup­port­ing them and our lo­cal town, but this could re­ally help boost our towns by pro­vid­ing more op­tions for the com­mu­nity.

Res­i­dents voiced their frus­tra­tion at an­other busi­ness chal­leng­ing lo­cal busi­nesses in the hopes more peo­ple would turn to on­line. It turns out a lot of peo­ple don’t trust the con­cept of on­line shop­ping and be­lieve it to be best to get your food di­rectly from a real per­son.

In­stead of think­ing neg­a­tively about the Coles de­liv­ery, maybe it could ben­e­fit our re­gion?

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