Preview: Inside Retail Weekly 2106
The very admirable and forward-thinking online grocery retailer, Aussie Farmers Direct, has just expanded its offer from fresh produce into a broad range of non-produce supermarket items with the launch of The General Store. While Aussie Farmers’ CEO, Keith Louie, is eyeing this as a prime opportunity to take market share away from Coles and Woolworths, analysts aren’t as optimistic, suggesting The General Store will service a niche market and nothing more. You can read all about this is our cover story this week.
Elsewhere in this issue, we examine the increasing, technology-enabled role personalisation is playing in both connecting retailers with customers and informing product production; look at how one Australian retailer is upping the ante on customer service by targeting new levels of efficiency in the last mile; and dig into why Costco’s business model makes it one of the best discount retailers in the world – a fact its supermarket competitors in Australia seemingly haven’t grasped yet.
In our Opinion columns this week, from Jared Dickson and Dennis Price, respectively, we outline why JB Hi-Fi, long considered the buyer most likely, is now looking less and less likely to acquire The Good Guys; and examine the likelihood for long-term success in the Terry White Group-Chemmart merger.
And in News we talk to Cotton On about the strategy behind its new multi-brand flagship in Melbourne, and get the skinny on Stockland’s investment into robotics R&D.
You’ll find all of this, and much more, in Inside Retail Weekly Issue 2106.
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