Woolworths news

10 September 2018
Australian retailer Woolworths has spoken more about its new automated distribution centre, which we highlighted in April 2018. The DC isn’t due to open until February 2019 but is being tested now. AU$500m project It’s been reported that the facility being built near Melbourne will now cost over AU$500m, but the automation will deliver not just efficiencies in supply chain operations. It wi...
25 April 2018
Woolworths is building a new fully automated distribution centre in Melbourne that is expected to be operational later this year. Largest distribution centre in Australia The new facility is costing AU$215m to build and will be located on a 15.9 hectare site in Dandenong South, 35km south of Melbourne's CBD. Once live, it is believed that the warehouse will be the largest distribution centr...
23 February 2018
Woolworths has reported H1 sales up 3.8% to AU$29,807m and earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) up 9.9% to AU$1,430m. Australian Food sales up 4.9% to AU$19,339m Woolwoths' Australian Food business has benefited significantly from the retailer's stronger focus on the customer in H1, with its Voice of the Customer (VOC) scores showing overall satisfaction reaching 82%, compared to 78% for...
22 November 2017
Woolworths in Australia will step up its online service and offerings as Amazon enters the market. Woolworths to open four dark stores Woolworths has launched a number of different initiatives during the last three months including the country's first nationwide grocery  Pick Up  service and enhancing its supplier portal. Its latest announcement is to open four 'dark stores' to solely pack ...
14 September 2017
A nationwide initiative Woolworths Pick Up service provides its online customers with a convenient, nationwide collection service. The service – the first to be available nationally – incorporates 970 Woolworths locations with 670 stores added in the last month alone. Pick Up is available seven days a week and is free for orders over $30. Customers can keep track of orders via an app, whic...
03 May 2016
Woolworths has reported that Q3 sales from continuing operations in the 13 weeks to 3 April 2016 declined 0.7% to AU$14,400m. Australian food, liquor and petrol sales declined 0.6% to AU$11,736m Australian food and liquor sales in the period grew 0.4% to AU$10,659m, however LFL store sales declined 0.9%. Although Woolworths said that customer numbers increased in the quarte...
03 November 2015
Woolworths has reported a 3.6% sales decline to AU$12,395m for its Australian food, liquor and petrol division over the 14 week period to 4 October 2015. However, supermarket sales in New Zealand were more encouraging, growing 3.9% to NZ$1,559m. Australian food and liquor sales up 0.4% to AU$11,064m Like-for-like (LFL) sales in the quarter declined 1.0%, with store openings including; six n...
23 September 2015
Australian retailer, Woolworths, has announced plans to spend AU$65m refurbishing its stores and improving on-shelf availability. AU$65m investment Over the next 12 months, Woolworths will invest AU$65m upgrading its stores, including shopping trolleys, shelving fixtures and displays. The retailer will also increase labour in its stores throughout the country in order to improve on-shelf av...
08 December 2014
Woolworths Liquor Group has acquired Summergate Fine Wines and Spirits, a leading Chinese-based wine and drinks distributor. Woolworths Liquor Group has acquired Summergate Fine Wines and Spirits, a leading Chinese-based wine and drinks distributor. Boost for the Australian wine industry Summergate represents and distributes approximately 80 global brands in China. It has 13 offices and 11...
30 September 2014
Woolworths is preparing to roll out a $1 billion overhaul of its supply chain aiming to cut the cost of transport operations across Australia, according to press reports. Identifying growth opportunities Woolworths is to roll out its supply chain overhaul, Mercury II, with the aim of reducing costs. The new program will deliver productivity gains similar to those of Mercury I – Woolworths’ ...