Retail World Editor

International news: Sainsbury’s and Asda amalgamation agreement

Supermarket chains Asda and Sainsbury’s have agreed to merge in a deal that will create Britain’s biggest supermarket chain. According to GlobalData, the combined retailer would have a 23.3 per cent market share of food and grocery compared to Tesco’s 22 per cent (2018 est). ‘‘Overall, we see this as …

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Lilydale brings free-range chicken to the freezer aisle

Australian owned and operated premium free-range chicken brand Lilydale has launched its Baked, Not Fried Free-Range Chicken product into Coles’ freezer aisles across the country. The new range is aimed at busy families looking for an “easy, healthier, quick meal solution at home that doesn’t compromise on quality or taste”. …

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Available now: Australia’s largest supermarket shopping behaviour study

Gateway Research has launched the first set of results from ‘Shopper Compass for Supermarkets’, Australia’s largest ongoing research program into live in-store supermarket shopping behaviour. Backed by several top global brands, the research program’s first round involved 500 shoppers’ actual and entire shopping trips, with their eye movements tracked throughout …

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Small business ombudsman calls for simpler workplace relations

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has released a position paper identifying steps to tackle the complexity of workplace relations for small businesses. “We have had significant consultations with small businesses over the last two years and the overwhelming view is the legislation is far too complicated …

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Index predicts minimal retail sales growth

CHEP Retail Index, which uses transactional data from CHEP pallet movements to provide a lead indicator of Australian Bureau of Statistics retail trade data, has signalled minimal retail sales growth in Q2 2018. The modest growth in pallet movements in the first few months of 2018 suggests that retailers expect …

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PepsiCo ANZ appoints new CEO

Former PepsiCo ANZ Commercial Director Danny Celoni has been appointed CEO of the company, immediately assuming responsibility for its snacks and beverages portfolio. Mr Celoni steps into the role following the appointment of former CEO, Robbert Rietbroek to Senior Vice-President and General Manager of PepsiCo’s Quaker Foods North America business. …

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Sakata launches new range of rice crackers

Sakata’s new range of rice crackers with vegetables are infused with real vegetable extracts and available in beetroot, pumpkin, and spinach flavours. Launching in a 50g pack size, Sakata Rice Crackers with vegetables are claimed to be “flavoursome enough to be enjoyed as an unaccompanied snack, outside of platters and …

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Major refurbishment for Richmond Marketplace (Sydney) keeps pace

Stage-two renewal has been seen a redeveloped car park completed and operational. The $11 million second stage of the centre’s renovation also includes a refurbishment of its March Street frontage, development of an expanded external courtyard and community-accessible amphitheatre, plus a significant facelift for all common areas and entry points. …

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Amazon announces Sydney fulfilment centre

In order to meet growing customer demand in Australia, Amazon has announced a 43,000sqm fulfilment centre in Moorebank, south-west Sydney. The new Sydney fulfilment centre, along with the existing building in Dandenong South, Melbourne, will allow Amazon to handle current and future customer demand and speed up delivery to customers …

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Woolworths reports strong third quarter

The retailers’ continued focus on customer experience is driving solid sales growth, with the Australian food division reporting a sales increase of 4.7 per cent to $9.6 billion in the third quarter. Comparable sales increased by 4.4 per cent, benefitting from the shift in the timing of Easter compared to …

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