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Woolworths: price check service adds little value for customers

The new price checking feature on Woolworths' website allows consumers to look up prices for more than 5,000 grocery items. This feature is an important step towards improved transparency by retailers, but it does little in the way of improving the customer experience or ensuring that they obtain the best deal when shopping.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2010
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Woolworths faces fundamental challenges despite return to profit

After disastrous results a year ago, it was imperative that Woolworths returned its core retail business to profit. However, while Woolworths met this target; it did so by the narrowest of margins. Looking ahead, there is considerable scope for Woolworths to improve margins further, although turnover is set to shrink as the retailer downsizes and relocates stores.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2008
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Woolworths and IGA: supermarkets go local

Independent grocery network IGA recently launched an advertising campaign emphasizing the local individualism of each of its 1,000 independent stores. The launch came days after Woolworths announced it would clearly label its range of Tasmanian produce. Supermarkets are increasingly tapping into the 'local' trend, driven by consumers' desire to support and feel part of their community.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jul 2010
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Wm Morrison: starting 2007 in a strong position

Like-for-like sales growth of 6.3% (excluding fuel) for the six week period over Christmas and New Year represents a continuation of the strong performance that Morrison achieved in the first half of 2006. With a new chief executive in charge, 2007 marks the start of a new era.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2007
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WM Morrison: continues to outperform

The UK's fourth largest grocer has continued to outperform the wider grocery market, with its focus on the quality and freshness of its core offer and its strong value positioning helping it to increase its customer base, especially among value-conscious affluent consumers. Morrison's strong and increasingly relevant proposition also mean it is ideally poised to make further market share gains.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Sep 2009
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Wilkinson: good value for money

Wilkinson's results continue the trend of positive announcements from value-led retailers, with the economic downturn fostering an increased frugality among consumers. The demise of Woolworths has also presented a number of opportunities for general merchandisers, with the growing plethora of high street-based value-led propositions very much emerging as winners during the recession.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Sep 2009
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Westfield London may take share of wallet from London's West End retailers

Westfield London has been in development for 15 years and offers an impressive retail experience, yet it could not have opened at a worse possible time. Although the strong mix of retailers and services offered will help it to attract custom, with consumers taking a measured approach to their shopping, any money going through the tills will come at the expense of spending elsewhere.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Nov 2008
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Walmart: trialing online grocery delivery in California

Walmart has launched its Walmart To Go grocery home delivery service in a bid to gain a share of rising online spend and to counteract falling domestic sales. Although high levels of car ownership and the vast size of the US make it difficult to offer such a service nationally, the rise of online retailing along with a maturing market make the trial an imperative move for Walmart.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2011
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Walmart expands card presence with equity stake in prepaid provider Green Dot

US retail giant Walmart recently acquired a minority share in prepaid card provider Green Dot, whose cards are sold in 50,000 locations in the US and remains one of the key market players in the US prepaid space. Green Dot may provide Walmart with a foothold in the US financial services sector, despite the retailer being previously denied a banking license.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2010
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Wal-Mart: is small really beautiful?

The Financial Times today reports that Wal-Mart is to open small-format, 20,000 square feet grocery stores under the name "Marketside" to compete with Tesco's Fresh & Easy stores. With slowing domestic growth and plans to open fewer Supercenters, the development of a smaller format is a critical step that will allow Wal-Mart to tap into lucrative local markets which it has so far ignored.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2008

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