Australasia news & analysis

03 June 2020
Coles has launched a new online payment method inconjunction with its loyalty scheme partner Flybuys. A more seamless checkout experience Flypay is a new digital payment solution that allows shoppers to more seamlessly pay for their goods, but also ensure that they collect points at the same time. The payments system was co-developed by Coles and Bell Identification, a Visa business. Flypay...
01 June 2020
Coles has launched a new promotional mechanic in its stores called Best Buys, similar to the successful Special Buys run by Aldi. Best Buys available in 28 stores The Best Buys campaign has been launched in 13 Coles stores in Victoria and 15 in Western Australia, offering homeware items up to 80% off the original price. Items on sale include cookware, electrical kitchen items, dog beds and ...
11 May 2020
Coles has appointed Ben Hassing as its new Chief Executive of Ecommerce. Role will capitalise on strong growth  Hassing will join Coles later this month and brings over 16 years of experience with Walmart to the role. The position will report into Coles Group CEO, Steven Cain and will oversee the strong growth that Coles is experiencing from the channel, even before the Coronavirus pandemic...
11 May 2020
Woolworths has launched a mobile app for its Rewards loyalty scheme. Bonus points and personalised offers Woolworths Rewards has over 12m members in Australia and members will now be able to download a smartphone app from either the Apple or Google Play Store. The app will allow members to activate bonus point offers, discover personalised special offers, as well as check their points balan...
11 May 2020
Coles has signed a AU$400m deal to develop two new automated fulfillment sites in Melbourne and Sydney. Ocado technology to power new sites The two new locations, which have been secured on a 15 year lease, will utilise the partnership that Coles struck with Ocado last year to increase picking rates, accuracy and improve service levels. Both facilities will be 30,000 sq m, with the one in S...
07 May 2020
Coles has opened its third Coles Local urban supermarket and most sustainable store yet on Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn, Melbourne. Targeting students and millenial shoppers Carrying on the work and learnings from the first two Coles Local stores in Surrey Hills and St Kilda, the store is tailored to the local catchment, with a curated product range and products from 80 speciality local grow...
30 April 2020
Woolworths has released Q3 results for the 13 weeks to 5 April 2020, with sales up 10.7% to AU$16,495m (US$10,797m) and positive growth across all continuing operations. Despite a slow start, the coronavirus pandemic drove a surge in grocery demand and boosted its sales for Q3. Australian Food up 11.3% to AU$11,171m (US$7,312m) Like-for-like (LFL) sales increased 10.3%, benefiting from pant...
29 April 2020
Coles has released its Q3 results (12 weeks from 6 January to 29 March 2020), with revenue increased by 12.9% YoY to AU$9.2 bn (US$6.0 bn). The growth was mainly driven by unprecedented demand for groceries amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Supermarkets sales up by 13.8% to AU$8.2bn (US$5.3bn) Supermarkets performed strongly in January and February prior to the impact of COVID and achieved an inc...
22 April 2020
Woolworths has doubled its capacity for online grocery deliveries in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Preparing for lasting increases to online sales An additional 5,000 third-party couriers will join Woolworths' 800 delivery trucks to deliver online orders to homes. This will enable the retailer to offer more delivery windows from the end of this week. A new temporary 7,000...
25 March 2020
Woolworths Australia has announced that it is to delay the demerger of its Endeavour Drinks business until 2021. Uncertainty puts demarger on hold The business was meant to be demerged in-mid 2020. However, with financial markets struggling and the business being forced to close all hotels in the wake of forced shutdown due to Coronavirus, CEO Brad Banducci has been left with no option but ...