In this months Retail Barometer Newsletter:

Industry Overview

This month we notice the continued price competition amongst retail giants in the supermarket sector. The latest IBIS World Industry Performance Report (IBIS World, 2015) on the Supermarket Industry has revealed that the increasing popularity of private-label products and rapid growth of German-owned ALDI has drastically altered the playing field. The report forecasts a growth of 5.2% to $94.0 billion in 2014-15 within the industry.

Ebeltoft Global Retails Innovations 10: Case Studies

case studies ebeltoftWe are pleased to welcome the case studies and award winners as part of the Ebeltoft Global Retails Innovations 10. This study showcases the most innovative retailers from around the world and is discussed in more details within this newsletter. We will be releasing video case studies weekly and welcome you to visit at


Why the path to purchase might be old news

path to purchase“So now it is time to disassemble the parts of the jigsaw puzzle or to piece another one together, for I find that, having come to the end of my story, my life is just beginning.” –Conrad Veidt. For this ‘Business Fitness’ blog, I am going to ask for audience participation. Please take a length of string of 150cm and attach the string to a hard object like a board. In doing this, you have constructed the classic metaphor for the “path to purchase” Read More…

Does size or story matter more?

story“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain. Today we read of the demise of some of those predictable middle ground retailers such as Man to Man, Brown Sugar, and Burdines, to name some local examples and while regretting that this should occur, there are some clear factors becoming even more evident in this changing ‘cosmopolitan’ retail landscape. Read More…

retail news and events

Brian Walker, Founder & CEO of RDG comments on the latest Australian retail news:

NRA Digital Business Kit: Case Study 2 – Mobile Retailing

nraConsumers can now purchase on the go, anywhere, at any time and they expect retailers to be there. In this second case study for the National Retail Association Digital Business Kits, Brian Walker shares the top trends in mobile retailing and how retailers around the world are implementing mobile retailing solutions. The topics in the video series include: Near Field Communications, Augmented Reality, Image Recognition and Location Based Technology. Click to watch…

Channel 10 discusses the ‘Grocery Wars’ – Brian Walker comments

Ch-10-grocery-wars 2Brian Walker CEO of RDG talks to Channel 10 regarding the increased competition supermarkets are facing and factors driving consumer spending. The falling dollar has put pressure on prices and has lead to more aggressive price competition.  “There’s a lot of factors at play as the strength of the dollar weakens against other currencies our buying power reduces” Click to watch…


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