Yearly grocery spend and the wider industry
The Woolworths Group took the largest share of the total grocery spend in Australia in 2019; taking 34 billion Australian dollars, compared to Coles Group, who took 27.4 billion. The third largest share went to Aldi, who took a share of 12.08 billion Australian dollars. Looking at the industry from a wider perspective, retail sales have seen a growth of around two million Australian dollars year on year, reaching just under 90 million Australian dollars in 2018. Moreover, grocery industry turnover has followed a similar growth pattern. Over a ten-year period from 2008 to 2018, turnover increased from 72.44 billion Australian dollars to 109.15 billion Australian dollars.
The online grocery market
Of the biggest three supermarket chains, it seems more and more shoppers are turning to the internet to order their groceries. In 2018, 34 percent of both Coles and Woolworths customers said they were prepared to buy their shop online, as well as 26 percent of Aldi customers. The biggest influence on this decision was the promise of no delivery charges; in 2019, around 61 percent of shoppers said they would buy online if free shipping was available. In 2019, 20.79 percent of consumers who had purchased shopping online cited convenience as the biggest reason they had used the internet for their shop. Time saving was also a popular reason, with 12.64 percent of respondents giving this as a reason.