Australasia news & analysis

11 November 2019
Woolworths launched a new convenience format at the start of November called MetroGo, we assess the concept and what it could mean for the market. What is MetroGo? The new format, at just 50 sq m, is a smaller version of its Metro stores that it has been rolling out over the past few years. While these Metro stores have been focused on servicing a mixture of neighbourhood and CBD locations,...
11 November 2019
Coles has launched a new online subscription service, offering unlimited home deliveries. New service has two subscription options Coles' new service, called Delivery Plus, will allow shoppers who spend over AU$100 per order to get free delivery of their online grocery shopping. The new service offers two subscriptions; Any Day Saver and Mid Week Saver: Any Day Saver costs AU$19 a mon...
11 November 2019
Coles has installed a new click & collect smart locker at Melbourne Airport. Australia's second busiest airport The new lockers in the terminal 4 car park will allow travellers to order their groceries online and pick them up when they get off the plane. The lockers are refridgerated to ensure product freshness and will aim to provide a new solution for the 100,000 travellers and 20,000 wor...
11 November 2019
Sainsbury’s has entered into a strategic wholesale partnership with Coles, one of Australia's largest grocers. From early next year, Sainsbury’s will supply its own brand products to Coles supermarkets across Australia, as well as online. The range will be white labelled under the Coles brand and includes a selection of packaged groceries and household products. New opportunities for own brand ...
30 October 2019
Woolworths and Coles have both posted their respective Q1 results, with: Woolworths' sales up 7.1% to AU$15,903m for the 14 weeks ending 6 October 2019 Coles' sales up 1.8% to AU$8,695m for the 13 weeks ending 29 September 2019 Woolworths: strong momentum building Australian Food sales up 7.8% to AU$10,663m, with LFL sales up 6.6%.  Sales were driven by transaction and items per...
30 October 2019
Both Coles and Woolworths have thrown their shoulder behind their liqour operations this week, appointing new leaders of their respective businesses, both who will start in early 2020. Morrisons exec with 25 years international experience joins Coles Darren Blackhurst will reportedly be taking up a lead role at Coles in Australia. Blackhurst joined Morrisons in the UK in 2015 as Group Comme...
30 October 2019
New Zealand's largest grocery retailer has signed a deal with data analytics company dunnhumby. Partnership restricted to North Island Foodstuffs is the first retailer in New Zealand to partner with dunnhumby, who launched thier business in the region by setting up in Australia in 2018. Foodstuffs business is split into two entities, Foodstuffs North Island and Foodstuffs South Island. The ...
29 October 2019
Woolworths is the first Australian retailer to partner with US firm Loop. Loop influence quickly spreading globally Loop is the first global platform to partner with major brands and retailers including Procter & Gamble, Unilever, PepsiCo, and Nestlé to offer shoppers re-usable packaging. Launched in New York and Paris in May this year, in partnership with retailers such as Kroger, Walgreen...
25 October 2019
Amazon has announced it has launched its Subscribe and Save programme in Australia, helping to drive shopper loyalty through discounts on repeat orders. Driving shopper loyalty Amazon’s Subscribe and Save service enables shoppers to sign up for scheduled repeat deliveries on products they routinely shop for, offering the benefit of a 10% discount and free delivery. The service has been roll...
17 October 2019
David Jones has opened its first standalone food shop in South Yarra, Melbourne. Convenient upmarket format The 425 sq m store is part of the new Capitol Grand high-end residential and retail development on Chapel Street. This is an excellent location for David Jones to test its first store, with high footfall, plus lots of offices and young professionals living in the area. The store is ai...