CAAN retrieves an article from 2018 by Tara Francis Chan who wrote in Business Insider, ‘Inside the Australia Post concept store that’s stocked with baby formula and will only ship to China’
WITH some estimates that Daigou buy as much as 80% to 90% of infant formula sold in Australia!
View the link for the full investigation by the journalist and for price variations with the products from supermarkets and this concept store!
THERE YOU HAVE IT! IN PRINT … A concept store that will only ship to China!!
A Pilot targeting and inviting more DAIGOU (China’s personal shoppers devouring Aussie goods) to make a motza …
PRIOR TO THE CORONAVIRUS AUSTRALIA HAD 19.7% UNEMPLOYMENT WITH 1 MILLION AUSTRALIANS UNABLE TO FIND A JOB!
WHY has the Morrison Government been so slow to stop the DAIGOU TRADE?
–the concept store does not provide postal services; it sells health and beauty products that can only be shipped to China
-its very existence hints at the spending power that foreign Chinese shoppers wield in Australia
–tens of thousands of Daigou can earn $thousands a week selling health and beauty items via WeChat, Weibo, Tmall, and Alibaba.
-au make for Daigou opened with 150 Daigou attending and 730,000 Chinese shoppers live-streamed the event
-NSW’s most popular shopping centre for Chinese travellers staying longer than a month is Chatswood Chase
‘ … Business Insider finally found the concept store after asking for help from a postman in the middle of his route who knew the shop by its address – 45 Victoria Street. …
The store is rather small, but the left wall is fully stocked with various types of baby formula, vitamins, and skin care items.
Three other stands were filled with a range of small products. Many of these were aimed at mothers: items like sippy cups, soaps, pregnancy vitamins, milk powder, cod liver tablets for kids, and chewable vitamin D for kids. There was also a range of cardboard-packaged, eco-looking products for kids, including toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Some products were also geared toward adult shoppers; things like soaps, sunscreen, feminine wipes, even dishwashing liquid. Popular brands like Swisse, Blackmores, Natio, Sukin, Trilogy, and the Cancer Council were also available, as were items that could be bundled in gift packs.
*There were two staff members at a back counter – one of whom confirmed parcels can only be sent to China and no other countries. … ‘
‘Australian baby formula is one of the most popular products for Chinese shoppers.
In 2015, half of all Australian baby formula sold in supermarkets was being shipped to China, accounting for more than $US200 million in sales. The next year, supermarket shelves infamously ran dry of baby formula, and producers had to increase their production runs while stores grappled with limiting customers to a certain number of tins per purchase.
Finding enough formula is still a problem for parents, and the major chain store, Coles, recently moved its tins behind the counter in some of its locations – the same area where cigarettes are kept. Customers can now only buy two tins each.
But formula is available at Australia Post’s concept store, and appears to be a major part of the store’s strategy. The baby food takes up twice as much space as that of other major product categories.
Price vary widely compared to large supermarkets’
With some estimates that Daigou buy as much as 80% to 90% of infant formula sold in Australia, opening a shop and shipping center in Chatswood is a strategy that may well pay off for Australia Post.‘