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Lessons from Supie’s demise: Former chair talks business, tech and whether degrees really help [Video]

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Ben Kepes says he has had a peripatetic career.

Taking on the supermarket duopoly will require a new player with a lot of financial backing, the former chair of failed online grocery retailer Supie says.

Supie went into liquidation last month owing more than $2.1 million to creditors.

While an anonymous donor paid wages owed to many former Supie employees, 89 of the 122 staff were still owed $120,797 in outstanding wages and holiday pay. Employees did not receive redundancy pay.

Former board chair Ben Kepes said he had become involved with Supie because its founder, Sarah Balle, was “exceptional”.

“She is incredibly hard-working, dedicated and committed, all those things,” he said.

“In all this stuff post Supie’s demise, there has been a lot of criticism. Mistakes do happen all the time and I’m not saying nothing happened that was wrong but she did an incredible job.

“Where she got to was phenomenal given the situation, the duopoly and how much …

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