Woolworths' initial attempts at selling its own branded mobile plans using the Optus network ended with a quiet withdrawal from the market back in September 2013. Now it's planning to try again — this time with Telstra.
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While Aldi's launch of their new "trial" stores may seem to be an attempt to capture middle income shoppers, it may end in disaster.
On first glance, it seems that supermarkets are offering consumers great deals these days. Many do save us money and the majority of consumers manage the task of judging the value of a deal. However, our new research shows confusion among some consumers about how much they're saving through price promotions.
One of the most frequently expressed concerns about supermarket house brands is that they will squeeze out rival products. If that bothers you, you won't like this: Woolworths is planning to expand its range of house brands even more — including more products at the pricier end of the market.
Self-checkout at the supermarket can be very convenient. If you want to speed up your self-scanning game, here's a tip: Stop looking for the barcode, just swipe it. If you get good at it, you can walk out with a cart of shopping in less time than it would take a checkout assistant to scan and bag them for you.
You shouldn't shop when you're hungry, but if you absolutely have to (or have a problem with impulse buys), a simple drinking game can help. Before you go whipping out your flask, though, this is a water drinking game.
Coles and Woolworths spent much of 2014 defending their behaviour in court. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) brought several actions against one or both of them throughout the year for breaching undertakings, misleading consumers and bullying suppliers.