This could be the discount retailer to give your Aussie favourites a shake-up

Despite Australia’s large obsession with buying ‘cheap stuff’ the news for the country’s big discount retailers has been pretty grim

Despite Australia’s large obsession with buying ‘cheap stuff’ the news for the country’s big discount retailers has been pretty grim in 2016.

It’s not surprising really — with unemployment, low wages growth and everyone struggling to deal with property prices it goes a long way to explaining why supermarket chain Aldi has been going so well.

Why then are the big discount retailers Big W and Target struggling then? The companies that once pulled big profits have seen a steep decline in revenue over the last two years. In fact, Big W (with 186 stores across the country) is in all sorts of strife at the moment, especially after its CEO recently resigned.

You could say that our love affair with low, low prices has opened up new opportunities with online shopping, which means you don’t have to ‘go to the shops’ to get what you want anymore.

However, discount giant Kmart has been a shining star in all of this.

Always good for well-priced items and it’s continuing to increase its profits year-on-year. You love a good bargain and Kmart is happy to accommodate your needs.

Of course if Big W and Target continue in their downward spiral, who will Kmart turn to for competition?

Word on the grapevine is that it won’t be long before the United States’ retailer Amazon could be coming to play. Of course there is no comment from the giant itself but here’s why it’ll be good for you:

  • It will sell general merchandise including clothing, beauty products, office products and sporting goods among other things.
  • It will likely sell fresh food.
  • It is looking at having distribution centres in regional areas.
  • It is already proven as a place to shop online.
  • Do you shop at Kmart, Target or Big W? What do you look for when doing your shopping? Do you shop online?

    1. Alan  

      With any kind of luck, it will force K-Mart to look back to its beginnings when it was THE place to buy, just about ANYTHING. Sadly these days they offer a far more limited range of goods and have basically NO ONE to attend to customers apart from taking your money at the checkouts. They have taken self-service to extremes, then wonder why their profits are down. So I am in favour of ANY competition that will get these stores back on track.

    2. Jean Piper  

      Target used to be wonderful years ago to buy quality womens clothes incl. plus sizes but now the offering as cheap looking, horrible patterns & not very good quality
      I used to spend thousands each year at Target but rarely go in there now except for childrens nightwear which is also not as good as it used to be quality wise
      Same with Big W – their clothes are mostly poor quality & some look like old rags hanging up
      The have reduced their range so much that often you cannot buy what you need
      Bring back some decent quality clothes for all the family and I am sure that would make a difference – or maybe it is too late for Target and Big W and the shoppers have gone elsewhere a long while ago

      • Elizabeth  

        Jean, I agree with everything you have said & the clothes that Target now have for bigger women are awful. I was in there a couple of times to check them out and ended up walking out with nothing
        Also the very loud music they play at Target is a turn off and very distracting. My local store had Christmas trees and decorations on display in late September would you believe!!!!!!! Absolutely ridiculous as they pushed their meagre offering of womens clothes right to the back to make way for Christmas trees and ornaments which I notice no one was buying
        I also walked out as I couldn’t concentrate with that racket

    3. Pat Zammit  

      I used to buy a lot of clothes at Target etc but rarely even go in there any more I prefer to go somewhere like Rockmans where you can get good quality clothes at a reasonable price, still go to kmart for cheap everyday t shirts etc

    4. [email protected]  

      You make £27/h that’s great going girl good for you! My story is that I quit working at shoprite to work online , seriously I couldn’t be happier I work wwhen I want and wwhere I want. And with a little effort I easily bring in £35/h and sometimes even as much as £85/h…D#1.

      Heres a good example of what I’m doing, >>>>>>>>

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