Retail World Editor

‘Follow the process, Kaufland!’

Ritchies CEO Fred Harrison has expressed his dismay at German supermarket giant Kaufland and backed up recent claims made by Master Grocers Australia (MGA), saying the Schwarz Group owned business is getting favourable treatment by the Victorian government in their planning applications. MGA has said that local Melbourne retailers are …

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Woolies offers Brisbane shoppers delivery in under two hours

Several Woolworths stores in Brisbane are now offering grocery deliveries in under two hours. Thanks to the Delivery Now service, customers living in the suburbs surrounding Woolworths stores in Ascot, Ashgrove, Bulimba, Camp Hill, Paddington and Spring Hill can order up to 30 handpicked items from a range of more …

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Coles teams up with Ocado to enhance online grocery

Coles has entered an exclusive services agreement with British online supermarket group Ocado. Under the agreement, Coles says it will launch an end-to-end online grocery shopping solution. This will include: A significantly enhanced customer experience, supported by Ocado’s entire end-to-end proprietary software applications and technology solutions required to operate a …

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Woolworths introduces solar first in regional NSW

A Woolworths store in regional NSW has become the first Woolworths in Australia to introduce solar panels on top of carpark shade sails. The store in the town of Young has two solar arrays – made up of 366 high-efficiency solar panels spanning 730sqm – which have the capacity to …

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Bulla appoints new marketing head

Bulla Dairy Foods has appointed Simone Cote (pictured right) to the role of General Manager – Marketing, Innovation and Corporate Strategy. Ms Cote has been tasked with continuing the strategic growth of the Australian iconic dairy brand. She will step into the role in January. “We’re really pleased to welcome …

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Woolworths launches The Kitchen in Sydney’s east

Double Bay in Sydney’s eastern suburbs is now home to a brand-new custom-made concept offering from Woolworths called The Kitchen. Organic, healthy options and sustainability initiatives are at The Kitchen’s heart, says Woolworths. The new store complements the extensive offer already available to local customers at the Woolworths supermarket situated …

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Metcash half-year results ‘pleasing amid challenges’

Metcash has reported that group revenue increased by 2.2 per cent to $6.2 billion for the half-year ended October 31 with all pillars delivering improved earnings. Food EBIT was up 2.4 per cent to $93 million. Group CEO Jeff Adams said the first-half results were “pleasing in the face of …

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May still tough month for retailers

As Australian retailers continue to face uncertain headwinds, May remains one of the worst months for external administrations, according to insolvency specialist company Jirsch Sutherland. “We started the year with a number of high-profile brands such as Maggie T and Zachary the Label entering into administration and, more recently, Esprit …

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Five minutes with Saleslink Australasia MD Taoe Hutchins

Can you tell me about the company and what you do? Saleslink Australasia has been servicing the grocery industry for more than 20 years. We provide account-management and field merchandising services that connect brands with retailers and consumers.   What sort of services do you supply? Saleslink uses its own …

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Grocery shoppers seek authentic brands

One in three Australian consumers would consider choosing an authentic brand in key grocery categories, recent Nielsen research has shown. Authentic Italian grocery brands, in particular, present a big dollar opportunity for marketers and retailers. According to Nielsen Homescan Insights, more than two thirds of Australian households bought authentic Italian …

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