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.
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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.
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…
They all taste the same once they’re mashed.
The battle to reduce food waste and increase access to nutritious food just got a whole lot cheaper and uglier in Australia. In early December, Woolworths launched its “odd bunch” campaign, becoming the…
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…
Masters has hit problems securing good sites for its stores.
When Woolworths delivered its half-year results in February, the numbers for its Masters hardware chain were sobering. On sales of A$393 million, Masters, a joint venture between Woolworths and US company…
The original Woolworth Company dates back to 1878.
The bid for David Jones from South African retailer Woolworths brings to light one curious dimension of international business - the proliferation of firms with very similar brand names but distinct identities…