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Consumers ‘conquer’ Norwegian supermarkets. Norway’s Consumer Council is to open an online food shop to counteract what it regards as supermarket chains’ excessive power. “We want to form a neutral marketplace where consumers can obtain products from the suppliers that are both outside and within the major grocery chains” Consumer Policy Director, Audun Skeidsvoll told Aftenposten. A government-appointed commission released a report in April, condemning supermarket chains’ “unreasonable business practices”.

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Consumers ‘conquer’ Norwegian supermarkets

Published on Wednesday, 7th December, 2011 at 10:49 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

Norway’s Consumer Council is to open an online food shop to counteract what it regards as supermarket chains’ excessive power.

Supermarket trolleys (illus. photo)
Supermarket trolleys (illus. photo)
Photo: © Copyright Keith Evans/geograph.org.uk


“We want to form a neutral marketplace where consumers can obtain products from the suppliers that are both outside and within the major grocery chains” Consumer Policy Director, Audun Skeidsvoll told Aftenposten.

A government-appointed commission released a report in April, condemning supermarket chains’ “unreasonable business practices”.

Four actors, ICA, REMA 1000, NorgesGruppen and Coop control 99 percent of the food market, and Norwegians have to put up with higher prices and worse selection than their European counterparts do.

“I would like Norwegian consumers to have a broader selection and greater diversity in stores in the future. This study contains several interesting proposals with this in mind,” said Audun Lysbakken, Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion, at the time.

The Consumer Council initiative is connected with results of the commission’s findings, and draws inspiration for Tesco in the UK, which has gathered other major supermarket chains under one site.

In addition to groceries, Internet shoppers can buy electrical items, furniture, bath products, as well as car, clothing, sports, toys, baby, and garden products. CDs/DVDs, and games are also on sale.

Wishing to re-empower the consumer, the Norwegian Council’s Audun Skeidsvoll said, “There are a number of supplierswho have been welcomed in from the cold by the four majorchains. Ideally, itemsfrom these vendors will [also] be available on the retail portal.”

Rema 1000, ICA, and Coop have all been positive towards the idea. NorgesGruppen, which owns Ultra, Meny, Spar, Kiwi, and Joker, is slightly hesitant.

“It sounds a bit unrealistic, but Iwill not dismiss it completely before we getto know more about the project,” says Per Roskifte, dialogue-interested NorgesGruppen CEO.




Published on Wednesday, 7th December, 2011 at 10:49 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

This post has the following tags: internetshoppingnorway, consumercouncilsite, internetgroceries.





  
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