Australia news

07 December 2021
Despite cycling strong performance in FY21, Metcash has reported half year results for FY22 with revenue up 1.5% to AU$8.2bn and EBIT up 13.9% to AU$231m. We pull out five key learnings and assess the outlook for H2: 1. Underlying food sales remain very healthy Food sales decline 4.9% to AU$4,561m. The decline in sales is mainly due to the cycling of the termination of its supply agreement ...
30 November 2021
Coles has announced two major changes to its executive leadership team that will take effect over the coming months. New Chief Executive for Commercial & Express Leah Weckerts will take up the position of Chief Executive, Commercial & Express from Greg Davis in April 2022. Weckerts has been the CFO at Coles since March 2018, but having joined the business in 2011 has had numerous roles acro...
28 October 2021
Woolworths and Coles have both released Q1 FY22 results, with Woolworths sales up 7.8% to AU$16,070m and Coles sales up 1.5% to AU$9,756m. We compare the performance of both retailers and pull out the key learnings from both statements. A particularly challenging quarter for both retailers Both retailers highlighted the challenges that they have faced in Q1 with ongoing lockdowns across NSW...
27 October 2021
Coles has followed Woolworths by launching its own marketplace websites that will offer an extended range of general merchandise items. Exclusive range of products not available in Coles stores Woolworths introduced its Everyday Market platform last month , with Coles now having launched a new marketplace platform bestbuys.coles.com.au . The website will offer an exclusive range of Coles ...
25 October 2021
We round up some of the recent developments from Australia's food and consumer goods market, including; new vaccination policies, senior appointments, business restructures, new sustainability initiatives and innovative product ranges. 1. Leading retailers make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory Woolworths, Coles and Aldi have decided to make it a mandatory requirement for all store, DC and of...
08 October 2021
Metcash has announced that Doug Jones will succeed Jeff Adams as the CEO of Metcash in Australia. Significant retail and wholesale experience Doug Jones is the existing CEO and senior vice president of Massmart Wholesale in South Africa and will take over as Metcash CEO on 1 February 2022. It will be the second time in less than a year that we have seen a senior executive move from a South ...
08 October 2021
Coles has taken the decision to close all of the butcher counters within its stores and will instead rely on pre-packed products. New consistent category operating model Through its ABC format strategy Coles has been becoming more selective in terms of the counters it deploys in-store in recent years. In lower performing stores or those in low affluence locations, it has been striping out c...
06 October 2021
For many food and consumer goods suppliers, online wholesale, or B2B online, is a large untapped opportunity. To help, we’ve just published a new report that summarises current best practice and the latest retailer and supplier initiatives. We offer twenty different ways for suppliers to grow their online wholesale share, and IGD Retail Analysis subscribers can access the report here . At t...
29 September 2021
Woolworths has been testing its new marketplace platform on the Central Coast in NSW since July and has now rolled out the service across Australia. Ambition is to offer tens of thousands of products via the new platform The retailer  announced that it would launch a new online marketplace  in April this year. Pilots of the new service called, Everyday Market, initially saw the platform off...
28 September 2021
Retailers globally are looking for ways to elevate their fresh food offer to help them differentiate and gain shopper loyalty. These initiatives need to deliver against three needs for the retailer; they need to be scalable to large store estates, cost effective, and have the shopper at the heart of their development. Fresh food will be elevated in the ‘Store of the Future’ Fresh is a key c...