Far from safe.
Previous attempts to revitalise one of Britain's best-known retail brands have gone awry. Has the rot gone too far this time?
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.
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.
It couldn’t get worse, could it?
Shareholders should be worried about how much it's costing Woolworths to run its business.
The massive financial and managerial distraction created by Masters has left Woolworths little time and money to focus on its core grocery business.
Woolworths is being pursued by the corporate regulator for its treatment of smaller suppliers.
Unconscionable conduct by (mainly big) business has been notoriously tricky to prove. Could a change in legal wording help?
The next Woolworths AGM will be a challenging one for the board.
The retail giant's attempt to head off Aldi's growing market share is causing more headaches for shareholders.
Shoppers are tiring of points-based loyalty programs and want more.
Woolworths' new loyalty program is following the international trend away from old-fashioned points-based systems.
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.
Image sourced from Shutterstock.com
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.
Woolworths chief Grant O'Brien will step down, but not before a replacement is found.
The hubris on show at Woolworths was never sustainable, and as a result CEO Grant O'Brien will join more than 1,000 employees losing their job.
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?
Men like Australian official correspondent, and later official war historian, Charles Bean (pictured on the island of Imbros, in 1915) understood the myth-making power of images.
Source: Australian War Memorial
The Anzac legend is under siege by marketers trying to cash in: but the government also has a branding stake.
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.
The warty pumpkin: beautiful on the inside.
Circleville Pumpkin Show/Flickr
Convincing people to love ugly food makes sense for farmers and retailers, but will shoppers buy it?
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…