Where to now in the supermarket war?

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. Reply

    Last reply: 22nd Aug 2018 / 9 replies / Post by Cafestudy Manager

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Posted by: PGS
Posted: 6th Nov 2016

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


Posted by: mcgore
Posted: 6th Nov 2016

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

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


Posted by: super88
Posted: 22nd Jan 2017

super88 says: 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 Reply


Posted by: Kalidjah30537507
Posted: 3rd Mar 2017

Kalidjah30537507 says: Reply

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 9th Mar 2017

says: Aldi is nice and cheap Reply


Posted by: BILL
Posted: 28th Apr 2017

BILL says: 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 Reply


Posted by: apple_barbara
Posted: 30th May 2017

apple_barbara says: 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. Reply


Posted by: mausy
Posted: 31st May 2017

mausy says: Great choices for supermarket shopping.. I'm pretty happy with the offerings.. Reply


Posted by: Jethro
Posted: 22nd Aug 2018

Jethro says: 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 Reply

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