Four of New Zealand’s largest supermarket retailers have vowed to take action against childhood obesity through a range of in-store and company wide initiatives. Foodstuffs, Progressive Enterprises, Moore Wilson and Co. and Binn Inn Retail Group say they will encourage healthier eating through methods like confectionery-free checkouts and private label reform.
Not long after Foodstuffs announced its imminent ecommerce launch, Progressive Enterprises has rolled out click-and-collect services nationwide. Customers in every one of its stores – from towns as far north as Cape Reinga to as south as Bluff – will be able to buy groceries online and collect them in-store.
Australian electronics retailer Dick Smith has posted an annual net profit that’s down by 71 percent in New Zealand and solid in Australia, while Woolworths owner Progressive Enterprises has seen the opposite effect. Its New Zealand brands Countdown and Fresh Choice are performing well while Woolworths struggles at home.
It is understood that Progressive Enterprises will be shifting a significant chunk of its ad spend from press advertising to other channels and is also thought to be trialling a reduction of unaddressed mailers in some areas as part of its media strategy for the 2015 financial year, which commenced on 30 June. And Foodstuffs is paying close attention to the moves.
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