Australasia news & analysis

21 January 2021
Amongst all modern retail channels, the impact of COVID-19 from a global perspective, has varied the most in convenience. The channel, however, continues to offer a massive opportunity for retailers and suppliers globally, benefiting from longer term consumption trends such as smaller households and more consumers shopping locally. With this in mind, we have identified five themes that we expect ...
13 January 2021
During 2020, food-to-go retailers and specialists alike had to rethink every element of their food-to-go offering to adapt to the changes in consumer behaviour brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. This has led to a period of intense innovation as businesses seek to develop propositions that can survive the short-term unpredictability of changing restrictions and win in the long term as th...
07 January 2021
Coles has started the new year by announcing that it plans to cut the prices of over 200 products over the coming three months. Reductions of everyday items  The price cuts are expected to be implemented across various categories, with initial products to see reductions including ice cream, convenience items, deli products, drinks and pet food. Some products will see prices dropped as much ...
15 December 2020
Metcash has reported H1 results for the period ending 31 October 2020 with sales revenue up 12.3% to AU$8,094m including charge-through sales and growth in sales volume across all pillars. Food sales up 9.5% to AU$4,795.9m Strong growth was achieved despite the loss of supply agreements to Drakes in South Australia in September 2019 and 7-Eleven in August 2020. Excluding these impacts, sale...
04 November 2020
Woolworths has reported strong growth in Q1 FY21, with group sales up 12.3% to AU$17,853m. Australian Food up 12.9% to AU$12,033m                Australian Food sales continued to soar, boosted by COVID-19 and the retailer’s Ooshies collectables marketing campaign. Both stores and online played their part, with LFL sales up 11.5% and online sales growing 100% to $961m. Online penetration hi...
28 October 2020
The retailer’s sales hit AU$9,607m in the first quarter of FY21, with significant online growth and changes to its digital marketing capability a highlight. Supermarket sales up 9.8% to AU$8,464m Supermarket LFL sales grew 9.7% with the results skewed by the varying degrees of COVID-19 restrictions across the country. Growth was highest in Victoria, and to a lesser extent in New South Wales...
24 September 2020
As Woolworths in Australia continues to drive digital innovation in its business through its X functions, we round up four of its latest developments... New digital, media and creative hub Woolworths will move its WooliesX and BigWX functions, media business cartology and creative agency Greenhouse, powered by M&C Saatchi, into a new building on Sydney's Elizabeth Street in Surrey Hills. Th...
23 September 2020
Coles has announced a new partnership that will see it source 90% of its energy in Queensland from renewable sources. Second 10 year renewable energy deal The retailer has signed a 10 year deal to team up with CleanCo, a state-owned clean energy provider. Power for 75% of the retailer's business in Queensland will come from Australia's largest solar farm (once built) and one of the largest ...
14 September 2020
Amazon has partnered with Australian department store chain Myer to introduce its Amazon Hub parcel collection service in Myer’s stores. Hub counters in 21 stores The Amazon Hub parcel pickup points will be rolled out to 21 of Myer’s stores. The service allows Amazon customers to select a Myer store location as their delivery location upon checkout for delivery to an Amazon Hub location. On...
14 September 2020
Woolworths has shaken up its senior executive team in a move what it described as 'supporting its evolution into a food and everyday needs ecosystem'.  New leadership for Woolworths Supermarkets The current managing director of Woolworths New Zealand, Natalie Davis, will return to Australia and become the new Managing Director of Woolworths Supermarkets. Davis has led the business in New Ze...