Some sectors, like supermarkets, are not natural monopolies, but have significant economies of scale.
The latest report from the Grattan Institute, finds that claims about Australia being dominated by oligopolies are overblown.
The Victorian government has a new proposal to ban plastic bags. What is it missing?
Victoria's proposed ban on single-use plastic bags is a step forward, but what about all the other unnecessary packaging? A truly effective waste policy should offer a comprehensive plan for packaging.
Dave Lewis has dragged the supermarket clear of an accounting scandal. Now for the hard bit ...
What will we do for bin liners now?
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Banning single-use plastic bags makes sense, as long as it doesn't usher in behaviours that are just as bad, or worse – like over-using heavier bags made of even more plastic.
Watch out for booming burger prices in barbecue season.
Amazon suddenly became a major player in the supermarket wars.
Amazon paid a premium to snap up the upscale grocery chain, so we asked an economist to help us better understand the deal and what it means.
While retailers, airlines and many other companies are embracing self-service, the numbers show it isn't an easy win.
Waitrose has withdrawn its free coffee offer to loyalty cardholders – but on what grounds?
Battling the discounters with Sushi bars.
The upmarket store is reining in expansion but doubling down on value-added for its core clients.
A shopper prepares to pay at an informal shop in Soweto, South Africa. Smaller retailers are struggling to grow.
Southern African economies need more organised and sustainable measures to increase the participation of emerging suppliers in supermarket value chains. This will help economic transformation.
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Recycling leftovers from supermarkets does not address the roots of food poverty and removes responsibility from the government.
Australia has a long history of poaching retail management from UK supermarket giants like Tesco.
Australian supermarkets businesses have relied on management talent from the UK but perhaps it's time to look elsewhere.
From women in the kitchen to Santa’s huge ego, Christmas ads are still ridden with conservative gender messaging.
Northern bites not northern lights.
Can Iceland (the country) force Iceland (the supermarket) to give up its trademark?
Will Marmite shortages drive consumers towards inferior brands?
Tesco tries to fend off Unilever's price hikes – and Marmite lovers aren't happy.
Woolworths, along with other big grocery retailers, is backing away from smaller convenience stores.
Some of the bigger grocery retailers are moving away from convenience stores because of increased costs, difficulties reading the market and cannibalisation.
Shoppers have had it with supermarket science and instead are embracing more holistic styles of eating.
Higher prices on milk in supermarkets doesn’t necessarily translate into profit for Australian dairy farmers.
Paying a higher price for milk at the supermarket won't help farmers much as the Australian dairy industry is more exposed to international markets.
Woolworths is changing its “Homebrand” label name to “Essentials.”
Woolworths' move to rebrand its private labels may lead to no points of difference for customers between supermarket products except price, where Aldi is strongest.
Eating more frozen food could help us reduce waste, beat the obesity epidemic and have more money in our pockets – what's not to like.