Aldi’s decidedly Germanic expansion strategy continues to eat into Woolworths’ earnings.
For consumers of Australia's retail sector, choice and convenience will continue to emerge. For incumbents unable to deliver on these outcomes, the future is bleak.
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Aldi has mastered the phantom product, even though customers know it’s not a brand in disguise.
More supermarkets are starting to stock "phantom brands"- private label products without any reference to the business' brand or logo.
The success of companies like T-shirt brand Threadless shows innovation matters in retail.
It's a tough time to be a retailer in Australia, but there are some retailers that have found the formula for success.
In the past large retailers could squeeze out competitors but new challengers like Aldi are still in the game.
The big supermarkets, Woolworths and Coles, will need to think of new strategies to compete with new chains such as Aldi which continue to steal market share.
“Ugly” food campaigns will not solve food wastage.
Major food retailers say they are aiming for zero food waste - but are transferring the costs onto not-for-profit groups and suppliers.
Cross-bench Senator Nick Xenophon wants the law to change to protect gift card holders when companies collapse.
It's not good to make law changes as a knee-jerk reaction, but in the case of insolvency and gift cards, it's time.
Convenience stores could be the next big focus for Australia's grocery retailing giants.
Despite the dominance of Coles and Woolworths, consumers are still choosing to buy their fresh food at local fruit and vegetable shops and farmers’ markets.
Coles and Woolworths' representation of "fresh" and "local" food reflects heightened interest among consumers about these values. But they also contributes to concerns about the supply chain.
Big can be beautiful for Australia’s retail giants.
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Some say the only way to smash the Coles/Woolworths duopoly is more regulation and a consumer backlash, but this assumes all power is used for evil.
The Nationals – of whom Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is deputy leader – have been agitated at the strong power of Coles and Woolworths to beat down prices of suppliers.
Farmers will get some extra help in the battle against the supermarket chains in the government's long-awaited White Paper on Agricultural Competitiveness released on Saturday.
The now-tired David Jones’ food halls could do with a revamp.
While grocers slug it out with discounters, the South African owners of David Jones may be planning to exploit a gap at the upper end of the market.
Lidl has “no current plans” to expand to Australia but that hasn’t stopped speculation.
The possible entrance of another German discount retailer - Lidl - is bad news for the supermarket giants and good news for shoppers.
Aldi’s “no frills” approach and private labels have been very successful.
Aldi is announcing trial stores that will attempt to capture more of the middle income market. But does it risk killing the golden goose?
Whether the Harper Review might stoke competition in the retail grocery sector remains to be seen.
Supermarket giants are predictably opposed to
Harper Review's effects test, but the report is a mixed bag when it comes to other retail competition issues.
Coles has admitted it acted unconscionably towards suppliers, and a new code of conduct may not be enough to clean up the industry.
Coles and Woolworths spent much of 2014 defending their behaviour in court. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) brought several actions against one or both of them throughout the…
For sighted users, a website looks no different whether it is accessible or not, but users with visual disabilities know all too soon when they are unable to use it.
Coles home page screenshot
A blind woman has launched a claim of unlawful discrimination against Coles and its online website. For those of us who are totally blind and working in the disability law space this lawsuit is no surprise…
We like competition that leads to low prices, but Australians also want fairness.
In the space of just six months, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched two major cases against supermarket giant Coles for alleged unconscionable conduct against its suppliers…
What do your shopping decisions tell marketers about you?
The days when Coles and Woolworths only sold groceries are long gone. Both are now established players in a broad range of consumer markets, with interests in liquor and hotels, fuel and convenience, general…
Lidl: will Australian shoppers line up for another discount grocery chain?
Australian shoppers have inadvertently invited global discount grocers to our shores by demonstrating their readiness to adopt private labels. In 2001, German discounter Aldi opened its first store in…