Opinion on Hypermarkets, Supermarkets and Discounters in Asia-Pacific

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Coles: must couple online expansion with emphasis on quality

Supermarket chain Coles has extended its online grocery shopping service to a sixth Australian city, Adelaide. Although Australian consumers have not been receptive to online grocery retailing, if Coles can promote the channel's time and money saving capabilities, while emphasizing that quality is not compromised, the venture may prove successful.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jun 2009
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Carrefour: abandoning Russia

Europe's largest retailer has reported a lackluster set of third quarter results, but the real shocker was its announcement that it will be leaving Russia, just a few months after opening its first stores there. The unexpected withdrawal comes as a surprise and is a setback for international retail development in the country.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Oct 2009
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Metro Group: negative currency effects and deflationary trends in food hurt sales

Cost-cutting measures helped German retail conglomerate Metro Group to achieve stable EBIT for the third quarter, despite a 4.6% drop in group sales to E15.6 billion caused primarily by declining food inflation and negative currency effects in Eastern Europe. While the rest of the year will remain challenging, growth in international markets will provide a further boost to sales.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Nov 2009
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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 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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Aldi: aggressive expansion in Australia through profit reinvestment

In the wake of improved net profits in 2009, Aldi has announced further investment in its Australian infrastructure and stores. Investing in the market will enable the discounter to boost market share, and help to reduce the dominance of Woolworths and Coles. Furthermore, Verdict research shows that Australian consumers are particularly responsive to Aldi's core proposition: private label.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Sep 2010
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Costco: Australian success could foster bulk grocery retail

As Costco prepares to open its Sydney store in 2011, the retailer, famous for its bulk products, has reported some initial success with its first Australian warehouse in Melbourne. The emergence of Costco within the Australian grocery market, coupled with consumers' willingness to buy larger packs, may result in Coles and Woolworths stepping up their larger pack offerings.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Sep 2010
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Aldi courts the green market with adoption of carbon label program

Last month, grocery retailer Aldi became the first retailer in Australia to launch a carbon footprint label in its stores, introducing an everyday olive oil range that features a Carbon Reduction Label. The launch will appeal to the growing number of environmentally conscious Australians, but competing environmental and ethical claims may impact upon its success.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2010
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Tesco looks to the East for growth but must not neglect the UK

Competitive pressures are mounting in Tesco's domestic market and with growth in the UK set to become far more subdued, aggressively pursuing growth in its Asian operations is a sensible strategy for the grocer. However, Tesco must ensure that the emerging avenues of growth in the UK are exploited to the same extent as those provided by the exciting opportunities in its key growth region.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Nov 2010
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Aldi celebrates 10 years in Australia

Since entering the Australian market in 2001, German discount retailer Aldi has experienced strong growth. Due to its extensive private label range, locally sourced products, and discount pricing, the company has now gained widespread acceptance, and is a key threat to Coles' and Woolworths' dominance of the Australian retail landscape.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2011

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