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Ritchies buys nine
Independent grocery operator
Ritchies is to buy nine Franklins stores
and convert them to the IGA banner,
taking the Ritchies store network to
Metcash CEO Andrew Reitzer said
the Ritchies he was pleased to have
entered into the agreement with a
leading IGA retailer.
"We have a very strong relationship
with Ritchies who have IGA Stores in
Queensland, Victoria and NSW. They
have a great track record of running
top quality supermarkets," he said.
"The combination of the Ritchies'
IGA retailing expertise and Metcash's
national buying power, world
class supply chain, marketing and
merchandising programs will see
these stores become very competitive
very quickly. Local consumers are the
big winners with this announcement
today, Reitzer said.
Fred Harrison, Ritchies Stores CEO,
said "We wanted to increase our
presence in NSW, the biggest retail
market in the country and with
the Franklins stores we have that
"We are confident we will turn the
nine Franklins stores around quickly
as Supa IGA and IGA stores. They
will provide locals with exactly the
packaged grocery and fresh products
they want at very competitive prices.
The Franklins stores being sold
to Ritchies by Metcash are in the
• Bateau Bay
• Spit Junction
• Crows Nest
• Taren Point
• Erina Heights
• Woy Woy
• North Ryde
Inside Retail, 1/2/12
tools to enhance the
Retailers have only scratched the
surface when it comes to using
consumer technology to enhance the
shopping experience, according to a
new study from Brick Meets Click, a
research and consultancy firm.
The study, "Responding to Digital
Innovation in Grocery Shopping,"
presents five findings that can help
food retailers respond to changing
"Many grocery shoppers are
already using digital tools and
retailers have to keep up or face
the consequences," said Bill Bishop,
author of the report.
These five findings are:
• Digital innovation gives grocery
retailers the capability to create
new shopper value faster and
easier than ever before.
• Shoppers are becoming more
dependent on technology, but it's
di cult to anticipate exactly where
they find the value.
• Digital innovation makes it
practical to communicate with
shoppers in new ways.
• Digital business building needs to
generate measurable increases in
top and bottom line performance
to be sustainable.
• Shifting from mass to personalised
significant organisational change.
"The most important thing is that
digital innovation is opening up the
possibility to more quickly and easily
create shopper value," said Bishop. "At
a time when competition is intense
and budgets are tight, this is the
place to focus more resources. A few
retailers are doing it now, but they are
Progressive Grocer, 13/1/12
AACS Carbon Tax
Key findings of the recent AACS
Carbon Tax survey included:
• Respondents believe the carbon
tax will decrease organisational
profit levels by an average of 5.1%.
• 43% of respondents 'strongly
disagree' with the carbon tax; no
respondents 'strongly agree' with
• 67% of respondents believe the
carbon tax will negatively impact
future employment levels in their
• Most don't see the carbon tax
having any environmental benefit.
Kraft foods have released belVita Breakfast biscuits; a new range
of biscuits specially designed for breakfast. Kraft says that the
new product is a true category innovation and has the potential
to challenge the status quo and provide an alternative solution for
the fast paced modern Australian lifestyle and combat the issue of
belVita Breakfast is designed to provide a tasty and convenient
breakfast food/product that fits with people's busy lifestyles.
belVita Breakfast biscuits are crunchy biscuits made with five
wholegrains, are rich in cereals, a source of fibre and low in GI. They
do not contain any added colours or preser vatives.
Two variants - Milk & Cereals and Fruit & Fibre - are available for the
convenience channel and each 50g pack contains an individually
wrapped ser ving of four biscuits (RRP of $1.49).
belVita Breakfast biscuits will be available at convenience stores
including BP, Caltex, and Coles Express. All accredited Wholesalers
including New Sunrise, UCB and United will also stock belVita.
For further information, go to www.belvitabreakfast.com.au
HP's seamless customer experience
During March HP Australia unveiled new o erings to create a
seamless customer experience across multiple store touch points --
point of sale, digital display, tablet or kiosk -- which engages with the
customer in a consistent and integrated way.
New o erings from HP include:
• HP mobile POS: HP Slate 2 tablet running Windows®, combines
barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader into a secure case.
• HP LD4730 and HP LD4730G 47-inch Micro Bezel Video Wall
Displays: touch-enabled displays, ideal for high tra c settings.
• HP Presentation Barcode Scanner: high-performance on-counter
HP also o ers full line of retail-hardened POS terminals, including
the rp5800, rp3000 and the all-in-one ap5000, along with the full
complement of HP peripherals.
More information http://www.hp.com.au
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