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Excellent article in The Monthly on Australia’s supermarket duopoly

Mark Fletcher
August 7th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Every newsagent in Australia ought to read Supermarket Monsters by Malcolm Knox in the latest issue of The Monthly.

The article goes to the heart of our mission of newsagents – to stop supermarkets taking our retail channel in their quest to gobble up independent retailers in Australia.

Once you’s read the article, share it with your staff. Put a copy on your noticeboard to remind you of your mission.

This article is an excellent example of why The Monthly is an important publication in Australia. It covers issues in a depth and clarity about which Australians need to know.


Category: Competition · Social responsibility

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nick // Aug 7, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Couldn’t agree more Mark – something not only every independent retailer should read but also every consumer.


  • 2 Brett // Aug 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    ACCC says there is no problem – nothing to see here they say, move on ….


  • 3 Dennis Robertson // Aug 8, 2014 at 4:35 AM

    Thanks for that link Mark. I think every Australian ought to read Malcolm Knox’s extensively researched article.

    Monsters indeed.

    This all pervasive duopoly is frightening in the way they have copied, refined and carried out the mantras of the worst kind of North American Retail Corporate giants.

    Quite chilling is the manner that independent competitors are hunted down and eliminated, all seemingly protected by weak authorities hiding under a thin veneer of ‘all in the consumers interest’ – Yeah right.

    Suppliers are kept treading water with the nostrils just clear enough so as not to destroy the very thing that keeps the Monsters ticking over.

    Is it that level of omnipresent control that so impresses Politicians (wish we had that over voters) that prevents laws being made against such sought after (and largely won) control of all things Retail?

    On a lighter note, I now understand why a lot of biscuits all taste the same these days.

    Good job from The Monthly and Malcolm Knox.



  • 4 Wally // Aug 8, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    And guess who they have hired as their new “fairness” arbitrator. Jeff Kennett who criticised them last year for what they were doing. These guys are smart. Hire the protest voice to show we have nothing to hide.


  • 5 Allan Wickham // Aug 8, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    And yet the “cancer” is allowed to grow…..


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