Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note August 2014

Malcolm Knox’s essay this month explores an issue that affects almost every Australian: the unchecked power of the country’s two biggest supermarket chains. 

Coles and Woolworths together have become an unstoppable retail juggernaut. Their behaviour is rarely examined, yet the sheer extent to which both consumers and local producers depend on the duopoly makes public scrutiny all the more important.

This major investigation looks at the impact of Coles and Woolworths’ increasing demands on farmers and other suppliers. It also explains the duopoly’s corrosive effects on competition across petrol, liquor, groceries, hardware and other retail sectors. Eventually, we all pay a price.

 

Nick Feik

Nick Feik is the editor of The Monthly.

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