Walmart Buys Same-Day Co.

Walmart has revealed the acquisition of Parcel, a same-day delivery service provider based in New York City. The retailer did not say how much the deal was worth. Parcel “uses routing algorithms, [and] a fleet of leased vehicles” to deliver groceries and other items from third-party retailers, such as meal-kit companies and Bonobos (now owned…

Ocado Uses Amazon Alexa

Ocado has become the first supermarket in the UK to launch an app for the voicecontrolled Amazon Alexa. The Ocado app for Amazon Alexa, available to customers who have Amazon accounts, allows them to update, add to, or track orders. The app also allows customer to find out what foods are in season and obtain…

Coles Teams with Uber

As one e-commerce giant arrives in Australia, Coles is looking to another tech giant to help beef up its online offering. Coles has started a home delivery trial with hi-tech taxi service, Uber. In a first, Australia’s second largest supermarket, Coles, is operating a trial home delivery service in their Melbourne based Richmond store only,…

Rescue Bid for Topshop

The Australian arm of Topshop and Topman will be relaunched after a successful rescue bid from Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group retail empire. The fashion chain had been owned by Austradia, a separately-owned franchise business, which fell into administration in May. Administrators Ferrier Hodgson said Topshop/Topman Australia Ltd – an entity directly controlled by Arcadia…

David Jones Result Poor

David Jones boss John Dixon says there is no end in sight to the weak consumer sentiment that has seen shoppers steer clear of his stores. Comparable sales at David Jones fell 0.7 per cent in the 12 months to June 30, compared to 7 per cent growth in the same period in 2016, its…

Alibaba Focus on Australia

The business world may be enthralled with Amazon’s moves to become a major supermarket player, but Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba says it is already strides ahead and is opening up new ways for Australia food producers to access its more than half-a-billion customers. Alibaba has been an important avenue for Australia baby formula and vitamin…

Whole Foods Price Moves

In addition to announcing the closure of Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods in four days, the two retailers have shared their vision for a future where Whole Foods’ products will be affordable for everyone, with new pricing initiatives and Prime membership playing a key role immediately. Beginning Aug. 28, Whole Foods will lower prices across…

A Word From The Patron…

“The past two years have seen a major lift in the efforts of the entrants and the quality of the finalists. The 2016 Joe Berry Award was the closest so far and the contest between the sectors of the industry was balanced. The reason for holding an award such as the Joe Berry Award is…

JOE BERRY STORY

Born in England, Joe Berry came to Australia in 1919. From a varied career Joe became involved with Claude Fraser, generally known as the father of Self-Serve groceries in this country. Claude was the founder of BCC (Brisbane Cash & Carry) which was later to become the backbone of the Woolworths growth in the grocery…