Tesco boss warns locals of limits to private labels

 In Australia, Coles, International, NewZealand, Tesco, Woolworths

ONE of the world’s most successful supermarket bosses, Sir Terry Leahy, who took the British chain Tesco from a struggling, third-ranked competitor in its home market to one of the biggest grocers in the world, has a message for Woolworths and Coles: there is a limit to how much private label goods can dominate their shelves.

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Sir Terry knows what he is talking about. Tesco helped drive the proliferation of private labels in Britain’s supermarkets, and when Woolworths revealed its new strategy last year to match a resurgent Coles and improve its own bottom line, it named Tesco as the world’s leading supermarket when it came to house brand penetration as a proportion of total sales.

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”Like so many strategies it depends on how you execute,” Sir Terry told BusinessDay from London. ”The UK consumer has always trusted private label, as much as anything because of Marks & Spencer, and Marks & Spencer is 100 per cent private label, and so the UK consumer were used to that offering and then Tesco developed it for a wider market and has had a lot of success. Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…
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