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Price Check: Location does not equal competition

The Warehouse may be taking on the duopoly in certain grocery categories, but it is having little to no effect on overall prices, exclusive data shows.

Consumer NZ has tracked the duopoly in comparison to The Warehouse.

Maria Slade Tue, 12 Dec 2023
Key points
  • What’s at stake: Exclusive data shows local competition from The Warehouse and other retailers makes little difference to prices overall.
  • Background: Commentators including Consumer NZ are welcoming the PricePulse data, which collates prices across the supermarkets and provides a never-before-seen look at how the duopoly prices products.
  • Key players: Woolworths NZ, Foodstuffs, The Warehouse, Commerce Commission, Consumer NZ, Monopoly Watch, AUT, Otago University.

In the Porirua city centre, Countdown, Pak’nSave, New World, and The Warehouse are conveniently located within walking distance of each other.

At the other end of the island, locals in the Auckland suburbs of Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, Pt Chevalier, Sandringham, and Mt Eden have nowhere to shop except

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Key points
  • What’s at stake: Exclusive data shows local competition from The Warehouse and other retailers makes little difference to prices overall.
  • Background: Commentators including Consumer NZ are welcoming the PricePulse data, which collates prices across the supermarkets and provides a never-before-seen look at how the duopoly prices products.
  • Key players: Woolworths NZ, Foodstuffs, The Warehouse, Commerce Commission, Consumer NZ, Monopoly Watch, AUT, Otago University.
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