Australia news

11 February 2014
As we launch a new hypermarkets and supermarkets hub page and insight presentation, we report on three strategies being used to drive growth at hypermarkets and supermarkets. 1. New ways to define value A number of retailers globally are finding that value-focused large formats are hitting a growing sweet spot with shoppers. From the growth of the atacadista format in Brazil from Casino and...
06 February 2014
Less than a month after Aldi announced its plans for a DC in Western Australia (WA), the discounter has announced plans for another Australian DC in Southern Australia (SA). New DC to cost $70m Aldi Australia has annouced plans to build and eight hectare DC at Regency Park in SA. Somewhat smaller than the 13.5 hectare DC site planned for the DC in WA, the SA development will cost AUD$70m ...
06 February 2014
Australian retailer Woolworths announces H1 sales from continuing operations of AUS31.8bn, an increase of 6%.  Improved performance in Food and Liquor A results highlight was an improved performance for the Food and Liquor division, which saw sales grow 4.8%. Alongside a successful Christmas trading period, the 'More Savings Every Day' program has played an important role,  resonating wi...
31 January 2014
Whether it be new promotions, the launch of retailer radio stations or new supplier deals, read on to get a quick round up of this weeks news from Australia. New battleground for promotions being drawn? As predicted in our 'Australia in Focus: Six Trends for 2014' article , both Coles and Woolworths have started to redirect capital freed up from not running fuel docket promotions into new me...
28 January 2014
Marks & Spencer has appointed two new directors to a corporate entity known as Marks & Spencer (Australia) Pty Ltd, sparking rumours of an imminent market entry. Sydney chosen as trial location According to press reports, in December M&S notified the corporate regulator that it was appointing two new directors to an entity of its business that had been dormant for the past seven years and h...
21 January 2014
IGA has launched a new marketing campaign for Australia Day on 26 January, highlighting the chains independent, local and Australian credentials. Maximising events and retailer personality The new ‘Say G’day Day’ campaign has been launched specifically to maximise the opportunity of Australia Day. The activity is supported by the release of a modern version of the classic Australian song, 'G'...
20 January 2014
Coles has marked the start of its centenary year with the recreation of its original store. From one store to over 2,300 in 100 years The first Coles store and Australia's first variety store opened on 9 April 1914, meaning that this year the retailer celebrates its 100th Birthday. Today the business has grown into Australia's second largest supermarket chain with over 2,300 stores, but the ...
15 January 2014
Aldi Australia is inviting potential local suppliers to an open day in WA ahead of its hotly awaited future store openings in the state. Aldi holds supplier open day Aldi Australia to date has been solely focused on building its presence on the Eastern seaboard, but confirmed last year that it would be expanding into Western and Southern Australia with an initial focus on the cities of Adelai...
08 January 2014
Having logged its fifth successive year of sales growth since it entered the Australian market, Costco has invested another $110m into further expansion. Sales and profits grow for second consecutive year Documents filed at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission show that Costco Australia saw revenues increase to AU$612m and net profits reach AU$1.81m for the retailer's financ...
06 January 2014
Coles has announced that it will become the first national Australian supermarket chain to commit to having 100% RSPCA approved private label chicken. All private label chicken to be RSPCA approved Coles has been selling RSPCA approved chicken breasts, wings, drumsticks, thigh fillets and whole chickens since 2011, but from January 2014 all Coles Brand fresh chicken, including loose portion...