In 2020 and 2021 empty supermarket shelves were due to spikes in demand. Now it’s a supply-side issue. The solutions, though, are substantially the same.
Since opening its first Australian stores on January 25 2001, Aldi has profoundly influenced the supermarket landscape.
Yes, there will be temporary meat shortages in Victoria, but not for long.
Toilet paper stock at a Woolworths supermarket in Melbourne on June 26 2020.
What motivates people to panic buy and stockpile goods like toilet paper? The COVID-19 pandemic has given us the chance to find out.
Woolworths’ A$780 millon investment in new automated distribution centres is a sign of how much COVID-19 has changed the way we shop. It points what’s to come in the retail sector.
To curb opportunistic shoplifting, supermarkets want you to know you are being watched. But they’re also hoping for self-reflection.
We surveyed over 100 Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and independent stores around Australia and found supermarkets are promoting unhealthy food much more often, and more prominently, than healthier products.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is lightening up on its normal competition rules and allowing competitors to cooperate.
Research suggests harsher civil or criminal penalties will not automatically lead to greater compliance by employers with workplace laws.
Stikeez, the latest collection of plastic collectables from Coles, flies in the face of the company’s plan to become Australia’s most sustainable supermarket.
Supermarket pharmacies have been around in the US, UK and mainland Europe for years. But will Australia follow?
If Australia follows international trends and allows supermarkets to open pharmacies, what are the effects on neighbouring pharmacies? And when does running a business mean health care suffers?
Our collections are a part of us and our life story, and the act of collecting holds a certain comfort.
Retailers have cleverly tapped into the psychological need many of us have to collect, in some cases, mundane everyday items.
The key to Aldi’s strategy is a severely limited range of products.
ALDI appeals to a particular market segment. It is unlikely to abandon it to go after Woolworths and Coles.
Positive messaging wins the day.
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Plastic bags will soon be gone from major supermarkets and many other shops too. Campaigns to reduce plastic even more should focus on positive advice, rather than shaming shoppers for their plastic use.
Supermarkets are stocking more of their own brands even as they shrink stores.
Supermarkets and consumers might gain from more private label brands, but Australian suppliers are likely to lose out.
Whoever buys Coles will have a huge store network.
Spinning off Coles is a great example of how good Wesfarmers is at entering and exiting markets.
Coles was once the market leader thanks to its ‘down down’ low pricing marketing.
Coles plans to compete with competitors by moving away from low prices to a focus on other attributes, such as sustainability, local produce and community.
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.
Undoing shoppers’ engrained behaviours is a tricky job.
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The success of the plastic bag ban announced by Australia’s big two supermarkets will hinge on whether they can persuade customers to change an engrained behaviour - without annoying them.
Selling these new bags at 15 cents each, effectively creates another revenue stream with nearly A$71 million in gross profit.
Moves by major to supermarkets to only offer plastic bags for a charge could make these businesses more than a million dollars a year, but it may only have a small impact on the environment.