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Where to now in the supermarket war?

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Posted by: Caféstudy

27th Oct 2016 10:46am

Click and collect, new competitors from overseas and price wars prompted by increasingly price conscious consumers. The supermarket category has been shaken up in recent years, and we wanted to find out what you think.

What we found was that your responses paint a picture of rapidly fragmenting shopper behaviour.

You are disillusioned with the big supermarkets, and therefore loyalty to one is no longer the norm. This means that Woolworths and Coles can no longer take their duopoly for granted, with shoppers heading to Aldi or other stores to get what they want.

"I used to shop at only Woolies and Coles, but now I go to wherever the best specials are. If it means going to different shops, I do. Everything is getting so expensive now."

There is more choice available than ever before. An increase in the number of supermarkets and the fact that they are often clustered in the same area has made it easier for shoppers to split their shopping across multiple stores.

"I have Coles, Woolworths, Foodland, Aldi and IGA all within a short distance, and I am happy to shop around as needed."

You, the consumers, are becoming more demanding, prioritising quality and price over convenience and loyalty. With the increase in choice available, and the resulting ability to cherry pick from multiple stores, comes an increase in expectations of higher standards.

"I chase quality, then price. I am not loyal to any one supermarket, but I will go out of my way for specific products."

Going forward, the implications for Australia's supermarkets are clear – it is becoming harder to satisfy grocery shoppers today. Shoppers have choice and choice gives them power. It's now up to the supermarkets to listen and provide the quality and prices that you want.

Comments 9

  • 22nd Aug 2018 03:24pm

We were once glued to Coles but since retiring have discovered Aldi, can get all we want from them and save a few dollars at the same time, have found their meat to be very good and the fruit
and vege's as good as any available anywhere

  • 31st May 2017 02:10am

Great choices for supermarket shopping.. I'm pretty happy with the offerings..

  • 30th May 2017 12:50pm

I used to shop at Woolies, mainly out of habit. But now I find Coles seem to be in front with their shopping lines. They seem to have what I want, whenever I want it.

  • 28th Apr 2017 05:21pm

I like to shop around for bargains . Sometimes Aldi has items that are cheaper than Coles of Safeway. Sometimes Coles is cheaper and sometimes the butcherhas cheaper meat than Aldi ,Coles or Woolworths

  • 9th Mar 2017 02:37am

Aldi is nice and cheap

  • 3rd Mar 2017 08:33pm

  • 22nd Jan 2017 08:23pm

Coles and Woollies may regret promoting online ordering and home deliveries. International companies may well enter this market and ope central depots with few if any shop outlets , combine with courier services to deliver. Economies and product options may well increase competition for all supermarkets

  • 6th Nov 2016 08:38am

It's hard & very time consuming to go through the 'specials' each week for each chain to see who has the best prices...

  • 6th Nov 2016 09:38pm
It's hard & very time consuming to go through the 'specials' each week for each chain to see who has the best prices...

From my perspective, I really only shop at the supermarket for grocery lines, I support the local butchers and greengrocers for fresh produce.