Australasia news & analysis

17 March 2021
Metcash held an investor meeting on 16 March, announcing a trading update, as well as its ambitions for growth post COVID-19. We highlight what we believe to be the top five significant priorities for Metcash over the coming years. 1. Retain customers gained due to the pandemic Metcash has undoubtedly benefitted from changing shopping habits because of the pandemic. Its network of over 5,00...
17 March 2021
Amazon is on track to launch its first robotics fulfilment centre in the market by the end of 2021. 200,000 sq m facility If it stays on schedule, the new 200,000 sq. m. facility will open in late 2021. It aims to deliver a faster, more consistent experience for customers across Australia and is set to be the biggest warehouse in the country. As reported by 9News.com.au, the FC could theore...
08 March 2021
Earlier this year, we outlined five global trends that will shape the convenience channel this year and beyond. Below are some case studies to show how sustainability and health are rising up the agenda. Taiwan: increasing healthier options Well-known Taiwanese brand I-Mei is promoting new products at FamilyMart, emphasising local origin, quality and no preservatives added. While Famil...
04 March 2021
Before the COVID-19 pandemic online grocery was accelerating in Australia, however since the pandemic hit, growth has become supercharged. For retailers and suppliers online grocery is going to be a vital growth channel over the next few years down under. In our next  Future Talk by Retail Analysis webinar,  we will consider how global retail trends are impacting on Australia and how the onlin...
02 March 2021
Woolworths Holdings, the South African owner of David Jones in Australia, has announced that it is to close stores and focus its efforts on expanding its forecourt partnership with BP. Three stores to close in Melbourne In September 2020 the retailer expressed concern over the progress that its Australian food business was making and with many of its larger food halls located in department ...
02 March 2021
IGA in Australia has teamed up with logistics provider DoorDash to offer grocery delivery from 100 of its supermarkets. Over 1,600 SKU's available within 45 minutes DoorDash will help IGA ramp up its online grocery delivery business that it fast-tracked to market last year due to the global pandemic. The partnership means that stores in Melboure, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns, T...
26 February 2021
Earlier this year, we outlined five global trends that will shape the convenience channel this year and beyond. Below are some case studies to show how convenience retail and technology are connecting further. Edeka opens automated store in Germany Edeka has opened a 24/7 automated convenience store at Renningens train station. ‘E 24/7 Karow & Sommer’ stocks 300 SKUs items and will gra...
26 February 2021
Half year results season in Australia is out of the way, with both Woolworths and Coles having released their HY performance reports over the last two weeks. As the attention swings towards H2 and the rest of 2021, we believe that there are five major trends that will shape the Australian grocery market as we cycle out of the pandemic... 1. Acceleration of online grocery Over the past few y...
24 February 2021
Woolworths Group has reported half year sales up 10.6% to AU$35,845m and EBIT up 10.5% to AU$2,092m for the period ending 3 Jaunuary 2021. Strong growth was seen across all businesses, except hotels, with online sales growing across the group by an impressive 78%. Australian Food sales up 10.6% to AU$23,449m Strong sales growth was seen through the half, slowing marginally in Q2. LFL sales ...
19 February 2021
Coles has launched a new online subscription service called Coles Plus that offers benefits across the Group's businesses for $19.99 a month. New sub links benefits across the Group's businesses The new service was revealed at the retailer's H1 results this week and replaces its Delivery Plus service that it launched in November 2019 . Unlike the old service, the new sub offers one price p...