Industry group campaigns against Kaufland
Inside Retail reported that an industry group made up of FoodWorks, IGA, Friendly Grocer and more are stepping up a campaign in protest at the arrival of German hypermarket, Kaufland, to Australia. The CEO of Master Grocers Association, who is involved with the Save Our Shops campaign, said that the retailer poses a “major risk to any family enterprise and private business”. Save Our Shops campaigners are frustrated because the Kaufland consortium went straight to the Minister for Planning instead of the usual process of going through councils. Kaufland is known as a “destination retailer” as its stores are planned for sites outside of the main town centres, which the industry group argues can put the high street and local shops at risk as they take away foot traffic. In our view, the campaign is misguided. Using non-commercial tools to obstruct a competitor tells you one thing: they should focus on fixing their own offerings ASAP.