Australasia news & analysis

05 June 2019
Woolworths in Australia has announced a restructure of its in-store fresh food teams. Two in-store teams to oversea fresh food The new structure will see the creation of two teams in each supermarket; the 'fresh service' team that will run the butchers, seafood and deli counters and the 'fresh convenience' team that will operate shelf-orientated fresh food such as dairy, packaged meat, eggs...
04 June 2019
Following uncertainty over the agreement between the two, Metcash has agreed a new deal with Drakes Supermarkets in South Australia. New deal following challenges... Drakes' Foodland supermarkets will now be supplied by Metcash in South Australia until 30 September this year, with the possibility of extending the deal to the end of September 2020. Last year the agreement between the wholes...
30 May 2019
7-Eleven in Australia has launched a store in Richmond, Melbourne without checkouts. First store of its kind in Australia The store follows on from a trial of the concept in 7-Eleven's store on Exhibition Street in Melbourne, which ran alongside standard checkouts. However, this is Australia's first totally checkout-free store where shoppers use their smartphones to scan items and pay via a...
21 May 2019
Coles has launched a new healthy living private label brand called 'Wellness Road'. Specialist premium healthy living range The new Wellness Road range includes 28 products such as organic flaxseed oil, organic buckwheat kernels, tiger nut flour, organic red rice noodles with Chia and textured vegetable protein. Coles has launched the range, which has premium black and gold packaging, to gi...
21 May 2019
Coles has started selling misshaped fruit and vegetables under a new range called 'I'm Perfect'. Initially being tested in Victoria and South Australia The new range includes 1kg bags of lemons, 2kg bags of apples, pears, onions, sweet potatoes, 2.5kg bags of carrots and 3kg bags of oranges. The I'm Perfect ranges are available at some stores in Victoria and South Australia and are priced c...
17 May 2019
Woolworths' flagship liquor banner has poached Alex Fruedman from Coles to head up its operations.  20 years of experience in Australian and UK retail Alex Freudmann will take over as Dan Murphy's managing director from Faye llhan who has been overseeing the business in an interim role. Freudmann will bring over 20 years of retail experience to the role having worked in the industry both in...
14 May 2019
Coles aims to ramp up its convenience strategy with improved food-to-go ranges and better targeted stores. New ranges to tap into a AU$1bn opportunity Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, Coles managing director, Steven Cain, has revealed that the retailer plans to introduce 75 new lines to its food-to-go range. It will also make changes to over 100 stores in the next six months, en...
09 May 2019
Woolworths in Australia continues to enhance its neighbourhood Metro network through opening new stores and flexing the offer. Metro footprint and sales continue to increase Woolworths now trades 36 Metro stores, having started rolling out the format five years ago. The smaller neighbourhood format stores have been a success for the retailer, driving double digit growth in its last trading ...
09 May 2019
The Chinese ecommerce giant confirmed this week that it has closed its office in Australia less than 15 months after opening in February last year. A measure to mitigate losses JD.com’s Australian office in Melbourne, where Alibaba also has an office, was a step for the company to work closely with Australian suppliers and sell Australian goods, including food, wine, health supplements, vit...
29 April 2019
Coles has released its Q3 results, with sales down 1.8% to AU$8,881m (US$6.2bn). This was mainly impacted by a fall in fuel volumes despite growth in supermarket sales. Total Supermarket and Liquor sales up 3.3% to AU$8,007m (US$5.6bn) Supermarket sales gained momentum in the quarter, with like-for-like (LFL) sales up 2.4% aided by the successful Fresh Stikeez promotional campaign. It compl...