What is the future of FMCG brand loyalty?

 In Aldi, Australia, Coles, Woolworths

A few things have happened in the last few weeks that made me ask that question.

  • Coles MD John Durkan articulated a clear strategy for house brands, to build them at the expense of proprietary brands. I cannot help wondering if his successor will follow through.
  • I received a package from Amazon full of books, ordered in front of the new GST regime that came in on June 1, and it was covered with ads for Amazon Prime, which is now arguably the most successful loyalty program on the planet. At the time I was surprised, but then a day or two later, I realised they had launched in Australia.
  • Another small supplier to FMCG, a formerly successful business in a country town that had been around for 25 years, with a small but seemingly loyal consumer base, quietly packed it in. In the scheme of things a relatively insignificant event, unless you happen to be one of the people who have worked there for ages, and now find yourself unemployed and unlikely to be re-employed in your home town.

There is no doubt the trend towards house brands across all categories of consumer spending will continue as retail supply chains become more transparent and global. Consumers are in a position to make judgements on the value they receive based on information from a variety of sources, not just on a label. Combined with the increasing necessity to pro-actively manage their spending, why would they not go for a cheaper item that delivered similar characteristics to a proprietary brand? StrategyAudit – Read more…

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