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Encyclopedia > Woolworths Supermarkets
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Woolworths is the name of a supermarket chain in Australia, owned by Woolworths Limited. In Victoria, it trades under the name Safeway. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2092x1064, 190 KB) Licensing This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2092x1064, 190 KB) Licensing This is a logo of an organization, item, or event, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Woolworths Limited, or Woolies (as it is colloquially known) is a large Australian retail corporation. ... Emblems: Pink heath (floral) helmeted honeyeater (bird) Leadbeaters possum (faunal) Motto: Peace and Prosperity Slogan or Nickname: Garden State, The Place To Be, On The Move Other Australian states and territories Capital Melbourne Government Governor Premier Const. ...

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History

Beginning as a single basement store in Sydney, Woolworths now has a shopping centre in almost every metropolitan and regional centre of Australia. In December 1924, Woolworths' first ever store - the Woolworths Stupendous Bargain Basement, opened in the old Imperial Arcade in Pitt Street, Sydney. Woolworths grew rapidly, and had soon acquired a chain of stores: 31 in Australia and 9 in New Zealand. Throughout the Depression, Woolworths looked after Australians by continuing to grow with new stores and employ local workers. Woolworths also encouraged manufacturers to continue to develop their production facilities - leading to an increase in the amount of Australian-made goods sold through Woolworths stores. Twenty five new Woolworths stores opened in the first months of World War II. During this time Woolworths pioneered the supply of a wide range of low price, quality merchandise to rural Australia - especially to remote areas such as Alice Springs and Darwin. Diversification into fresh food led to the opening of Woolworths' first Food Fair Store, and soon became one of Australia's biggest retailers of fresh fruit and vegetables. During the 1980s, Woolworths branded itself as the "Fresh Food People" - claiming a commitment to delivering quality fresh food to their customers. In 1985, Woolworths acquired Australian Safeway. Woolworths had now become the market leader in grocery sales, serving up to 10 million customers per week. In just two years, profit rose from $8 million to an incredible $136 million. In 1993, the $2,450 million Woolworths' share float was the biggest in Australia's history.


Departments

Woolworths Supermarkets throughout Australia are divided up into separate sections, known as departments:


Service

Also known as "Checkout" or "Front End" checkouts and service desk and the service they provide to customers


Non Trade

Store management, systems office, backdock, cash and invoice office, also involves magazines and video returns.


Service Deli

Sliced meats, cheeses and other Deli foods. Generally also sells hot foods such as chickens.


Seafood

Although it is usually placed in the Deli, Seafood is considered a separate trading department.


Bakery

In selected stores, baking fresh bread, cakes, etc. in store.


Proprietary Bakery

Pre-packaged or Woolworths brand or brand name bread products.


Meat

Some stores have in-store butchers, while others received pre-packaged meats from a distribution centre.


Produce

Fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts, plants and flowers.


Perishables

Includes Dairy (chilled goods such as eggs, milk, juices, sliced meats, yoghurts and cheese) and Frozen Foods (vegetables, meals, ice-creams, chicken and deserts).


Long Life

Also known as "Grocery", Long Life is the largest department of the store. It includes all areas of a store that are not managed by other groups of staff


Grocery Nightfill

Often managed under the command of the long life manager.


Liquor

Some stores also have a Woolworths Liquor outlet attached. It is important to note that Woolworths and Woolworths Liquor are separate stores, however those attached to a supermarket are operated under the command of that stores store manager, as opposed to free standing liquor outlets


Fuel

A typical Plus Petrol outlet.
A typical Plus Petrol outlet.

Woolworths pioneered the 4c/litre fuel offer in the late 1990s. The offer specifies that if a consumer spends more that $30.00 in a single transaction the consumer will receive a coupon which will entitle them to 4c discount per litre of petrol purchased. The coupon can be used at over 470 outlets Australia wide are branded as either Caltex Woolworths Fuel or Woolworths Plus Petrol. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1303x888, 478 KB) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1303x888, 478 KB) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ...


External links

  • Woolworths - Official Site
Woolworths Limited

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Woolworths Limited - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (843 words)
Woolworths Limited is the second largest retail company in Australia by market capitalisation and the largest food and grocery retailer, and its Chief Executive Officer is Roger Corbett.
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Woolworths' acquired the Dick Smith Electronics consumer electronics chain in 1981 and later expanded the consumer electronics arm of its business with the purchase of the Tandy chain in Australia from InterTan Inc in 2001.
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Woolworths yesterday became the latest big name to respond to the pensions crisis by raising the retirement age for new employees from 60 to 65.
Woolworths is the third household-name employer in four months to announce plans to raise the retirement age.
Woolworths said its board felt the final salary scheme was a "powerful tool for recruiting, retaining and rewarding staff".
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