The liquor games

4 thoughts on “The liquor games”

  1. Stuart says:

    Would there have been anything in the sale contract keeping the store operating, the previous owner employed, the non compete clause etc etc, before they did what they always intended and closed it down. One less competitor of the wine supermarkets, DM & 1st. Marketers tell us to differentiate, big business just buys that out.

  2. Paul Graydon-Taaylor says:

    Perhaps it simply comes back to “Baked Bean” Mentality!…(Supermarket Grocery Mentality- Not that that’s such a crime but that’s their worth in time, remembering once they were simple budget variety stores before moving into Groceries). They, the two Evil Empires, should stick with what they’re really good at “Groceries” and bleeding the heck out of Suppliers….. if the word GOOD can have such an association with these Bandits!

  3. Phil Taylor says:

    Woolworth’s and Coles are commodity traders not wine purveyors. Customers needs for wine education and service is not even vaguely interesting to them. These two retailers have been tripping over each other in their efforts to buy out other retailers both traditional and online. They have been successful in these efforts so are now focused on buying established independent wine brands, most recently Balthazar and Ishtar by Woolworth’s. This vertical attack within the wine sector is injurious to the viability of the sector as a whole. By removing independent retailers, imaginative boutique wine makers and screwing grape growers in to unsustainable supply contracts, it not only inhibits sector improvement but guarantees the ongoing commoditisation of a product that does have history, is a true lifestyle purchase and has allowed Australia to be at the fore front with its New World Wines.

    1. Huon Hooke
      Huon Hooke says:

      Beautifully and succinctly expressed, Phil.

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