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IGA Liquor tops latest satisfaction ratings

IGA LiquorIGA Liquor has emerged to have the most satisfied Aussie shoppers out of all other major liquor competitors.

Roy Morgan’s Single Source Survey found out of over 50,000 consumers per annum, which includes interviews with over 8,000 customers of liquor stores and retailers.

The latest research showed that customer satisfaction with IGA Liquor in the year to August 2017 was 93.4%, which now places it ahead of its major competitors. It’s a major turnaround compared to a year ago when they were ranked ninth behind leading liquor brands such as First Choice Liquor, Cellarbrations and Dan Murphy’s.

“Liquor stores and retailers are facing tough competition, not only from their direct competitors but other retailers who are all competing with them for the discretionary dollar. It is important in this highly competitive market for liquor retailers to understand how they are performing in terms of customer satisfaction relative to their competitors and where are the best opportunities for increasing sales,” said Norman Morris, Industry communications director, Roy Morgan Research.

“Improving customer loyalty is an issue for most liquor retailers as it would provide a major opportunity for increasing sales. This is evident by the fact that generally, on at least a third of purchasing occasions over a four week period, customers purchase from a store that is not the one that they usually buy alcohol from. This indicates a considerable degree of shopping around with insufficient incentive to consolidate liquor purchases with any one store.”

Over the last 12 months, IGA Liquor has improved its customer satisfaction rating by 17.3% points. While BWS placed the nearest (up 3.6% points), followed by Woolworths/Safeway (up 3.0% points) and Thirsty Camel (up 2.1% points). Cellarbrations (down 10.2% points) and First Choice Liquor (down 3.4% points) declined with satisfaction ratings.

These changes in satisfaction have now moved IGA Liquor to the top rating with 93.4% of its customers satisfied, followed by Dan Murphy’s (92.4%), Aldi Liquor (91.0%) and First Choice Liquor (90.1%).

Satisfaction with Liquor Stores and Retailers – Ten Largest

1. Based on number nominating liquor store or retailer where usually buy alcohol Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia). 12 months ended August 2016, n= 8,509; 12 months ended August 2017, n= 8,721. Base: Australians 18+ who have purchased liquor in last four weeks and nominating ‘usual store’.

“The opportunity to increase sales from existing customers also depends on the customer profile of each retailer. This research has shown that there is considerable variation in the proportion of ‘Big Discretionary Spenders’ across the major liquor retailers and as a result the propensity to achieve increased sales from existing customers will vary,” said Morris.

Roy Morgan has developed a segmentation based on a person’s level of non-essential or discretionary expenditure, which includes purchases such as wine, travel, entertainment etc. The liquor stores and retailers with the highest proportion of these ‘Big Discretionary Spenders’ in their customer base are First Choice Liquor (44.1% of usual customers are ‘Big Discretionary Spenders’), Dan Murphy’s (43.1%), IGA Liquor (41.8%) and Liquorland (40.6%).

Customers of major liquor stores and retailers who are “Big Discretionary Spenders”

1. Based on where usually buy alcohol 2. Top third of the population based on level of discretionary spending Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia). 12 months ended August 2017, n= 8,721. Base: Australians 18+ who have purchased liquor in last four weeks and nominating ‘usual store’.

The three major liquor outlets with the lowest proportions of ‘Big Discretionary Spenders’ are Thirsty Camel (26.1%), Bottlemart (30.2%) and Aldi Liquor (33.4%). As a consequence of this type of customer profile, there is less potential for them to increase sales from their existing customers.

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