Australasia news & analysis

07 August 2019
As the retailer submits its first application for a store in Queensland, what do we already know about the imminent market entry of Kaufland down under? Queensland the next state on the radar Following approvals for stores in Victoria and South Australia, Kaufland has submitted its first application for a store in the town of Toowoomba in southern Queensland. The town, located 120km west of...
02 August 2019
Woolworths in Australia has started building a new AU$135m fresh food distribution centre in Melbourne. New fresh food hub for Victoria The retailer has a 15 year lease on the new 57,000 sq m facility that will be located next to its meat supplier, Hilton Meat's distribution centre, in Truganina, west Melbourne. The new facility, due for completion towards the end of 2020, will replace the ...
24 July 2019
Woolworths has created a new standalone retail media function called Cartology, which it hopes will better connect its suppliers to its shoppers. Cartology: new digtal marketing service As a result of the changing path to purchase and taking inspiration from activity in North America, Woolworths hopes that the new service will use customer data to allow suppliers to better target shoppers. ...
19 July 2019
The subsidiary of Woolworths has announced the first batch of stores to close next year. Three store closures in the same city The first three of about 30 Big W stores to close over the next three years are all in Sydney - Chullora, Auburn and Fairfield. There would have been some cannibalisation between the stores as they are in close proximity to each other. These three stores will shu...
04 July 2019
Woolworths Group has announced plans to spin off its drinks and hospitality operations, Endeavour Drinks and the ALH Group. Creating a new entity, Endeavour Group Woolworths Group will combine Endeavour and ALH to form Endeavour Group Ltd. The new entity will combine the 1,500+ BWS and Dan Murphy’s drinks outlets and 327 ALH pubs and hotels, as well as the Pinnacle Drinks, Cellarmasters, an...
24 June 2019
Metcash has released annual results for the year ending 30 April 2019, with group sales up 1.8% to AU$12.7bn, but EBIT down 1.4% to AU$330m. Food sales AU$7,836.4m, EBIT down 3.0% to AU$182.7m Metcash has published results as per new accounting standards and has therefore rebased its FY18 results. With this in mind, food sales growth was flat over the past 12 months. Supermarkets saw sales ...
24 June 2019
Kaufland has started the construction of its first Australian distribution centre in Mickleham, on the northern edge of Melbourne. Australia's most advanced DC The new 117,000+ sq m facility will cost AU$255m and marks the next step in the retailer's entry into the market. The DC will be one of the largest in Australia once complete and include the most advanced technologies in terms of aut...
14 June 2019
Coles has told staff at its support centre in Melbourne that it will be cutting 450 jobs, as well as making some leadership changes. Job cuts ahead of major strategic reset The job cuts are part of an efficiency drive by the retailer and preceed the Coles strategy day that will be held next week. Coles managing director, Steven Cain, is expected to announce a major strategic reset for the b...
13 June 2019
Costco has announced that it will open its first store in New Zealand. Auckland's Westgate chosen for first store The new 14,000 sq m membership club store will be located at Westgate on the north western edge of Auckland. It will provide a new retail destination for the city, with 800 parking spaces and include groceries, electronics, homewares, plus fuel, a tyre centre, an optometrist and...
11 June 2019
Woolworths in Australia has invested AU$30m into meal kit delivery company Marley Spoon. Benefits and learnings for both companies The investment by the market leading retailer will see it form a strategic partnership with Marley Spoon, as well as take ownership of 9% of the business. Although no details have been released it is expected that the two companies will work together to develop ...