Australasia news & analysis

11 October 2019
Coles has launched its  ‘What’s for Dinner’  service. It exists on the Coles website and provides recipes for meals that can be made with five ingredients or less in under 30 minutes. How does it work? Shoppers can search through different recipes, pick the ones they like, and then add the ingredients to their shopping list, or online order. These meal plans aim to help shoppers prepare din...
03 October 2019
Trial of in-store restaurants and expanded food-to-go choices. Providing added convenience for shoppers Coles has opened its first “grocerant”, a hybrid between a restaurant and a grocery store, in Tooronga, Melbourne. It has partnered with some of Australia’s leading restaurant operators, such as Sushi Sushi and Earl Canteen, to open a food court within its store. These in-store con...
01 October 2019
Delivery service now available for fresh and frozen foods. Providing added convenience for shoppers In March 2019, Coles partnered with eBay to offer over 4,000 products via the eBay website. However, at that time, shoppers still needed to wait two to four days for their orders and it did not include fresh food. The new offer now includes an extended range, including fruit and vegetab...
27 September 2019
Drakes Supermarket has opened its new distribution centre and in doing so ended its agreement with Metcash in South Australia. New DC to serve all South Australia Drakes stores The family-owned chain was Metcash's largest supermarket customer in South Australia and accounted for 3.5% of Metcash's national food and grocery sales. However, the new 55,000 sq m distribution centre, which will h...
20 September 2019
Woolworths has launched a revamped subscription service for online grocery deliveries in Australia. Flexible subscription will appeal to different customers The new service, called 'Delivery unlimited', allows subscribers to get free deliveries for their online groceries, as long as they spend over AU$100 on each order. Currently Woolworths deliveries cost up to AU$15 for orders under AU$10...
20 September 2019
Coles has cut prices on over 300 products and is introducing new bulk pack items in its latest value drive. Continuing to invest in Every Day low prices The price cuts will focus largely on its private label products, but also include some branded items. They will cover a range of categories, including meat, poultry and bakery, targeting at making the lives of its every day shoppers better ...
29 August 2019
Woolworths has released annual results for FY19 with sales from continuing operations up 3.4% to AU$59,984m, but EBIT including significant items from continuing operations down 9.6% to AU$2,353m. Australian food sales up 3.3% to AU$39,586m Sales grew 3.1% on a LFL basis, while EBIT was up 3.8% to AU$1,857m. Sales growth was driven by a 1.8% growth in transactions and an increase in items p...
27 August 2019
David Jones and BP have decided to join forces to roll out a new forecourt convenience concept to 10 locations in Australia. Stores to focus on fresh food and healthy snacking The new premium David Jones branded forecast stores will open over the next six months, with five in Sydney and five in Melbourne. Compared to Australia's typical forecast store offer, the shops will focus on providin...
22 August 2019
Coles has released FY19 annual results with retail sales revenue up 3.1% to AU$35,001m, but group sales revenue down 1.7% to AU$38,152m. Supermarket sales revenue up 3.2% to AU$30,890m The supermarket division continued to see solid growth, with LFL sales up 2.7% and EBIT growth of 2.2% to AU$1,1,83m for the year. Growth was aided by inflation, which increased in Q4 to 1.4%, but for the yea...
15 August 2019
7-Eleven in Australia has achieved a new benchmark, opening its 700th store in the market. Plans to continue expanding on the west coast The store in Banksia Grove in Western Australia is the 38th in the state, having opened its first store on the west coast in 2014. The retailer continues to steadily grow its network, planning 10-15 new store openings in Western Australia over the next two...