Woolworths Group online sales have grown 41.8 per cent to $3.5 billion on the year prior. The Group doubled eCommerce capacity due to increased demand for home delivery and pick up following the onset of COVID-19.
Woolworths Group has acquired 65 per cent equity of one of Australia’s leading foodservice suppliers, PDF Food Services. The deal includes ownership of PFD’s freehold distribution centre properties for $249 million.
Woolworths will temporarily convert three supermarkets in Victoria into online delivery hubs as Melbourne enters stage 4 restrictions.
Woolworths has introduced a new tool that uses real-time data to show the length of the queue to enter its stores due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Supermarket operators including Coles, Woolworths and Aldi, will be able to continue working together until March 2021 to ensure the continued supply of food and groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic, under the ACCC’s draft determination.
Online grocery shopping the next big battleground for supermarket giants. New data has revealed Australians spent $94.6 billion in supermarkets in the year to March 2020, with Woolworths and Coles Group capitalising on 67.5 per cent of that total.
Supermarket giants have reintroduced product buying restrictions following a resurgence in panic buying across stores in Melbourne, ramping up safety measures across Victorian distribution centres. Woolworths doubled its online capacity and Coles repurposed a supermarket in Coburg as a pop-up fulfilment centre.
A new air-bridge will connect Woolworths new fresh food distribution centre to its meat supplier’s facility in Melbourne’s West, enabling faster and fresher supply of produce to Victorians.
In a preventive measure to maintain stock levels across their warehouses, Coles and Woolworths have reinstated product buying limits due to a sudden demand for grocery items over the past 24 hours in certain parts of Melbourne.
Woolworths Group and Qube have announced plans to invest in an automated Regional Distribution Centre and a semi-automated National Distribution Centre in New South Wales. The total investment in the facilities from both companies will reach approximately $1.2 billion.