Retail and wholesale

Retail and marketing co-operatives…

  • Provide lower prices to customer members
  • Provide competition and choice in the wider market
  • Support a range of community activities
  • Share wealth with its customers through sharing profits through dividend

Provide lower prices to customer members

Consumer co-operative shops are driven to provide the best possible products at the lowest price to customers, rather than to maximise profits to investor shareholders.

Provide competition and choice in the wider market

The different business focus from competitors means that co-operatives are often pioneering in providing different choices to customers, such as local sourcing, fair trade products or environmentally friendly packaging.  These can have a profound effect on the general market by changing consumer behaviours. 

Support a range of community activities

As community owned businesses, co-operatives will focus on helping the people that the businesses belong to by providing additional services to local people.

Share wealth with its customers through sharing profits through dividend

The original Rochdale co-operative model led the way with profit sharing by returning money to customers in proportion to their purchases, and this is continued today through cash dividend payments that share the success of the business with customers who have made it happen.

Retail and wholesale examples

Co-operative Supermarkets Australia Limited

Co-operative Supermarkets Australia Limited

A co-operative of independent supermarkets and liquor stores which are branded or unbranded and operating in Australia.
Established Year: 2019
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Community Co-operative Store (The Barossa)

The Barossa Community Co-operative Store is one of the largest and longest-standing retail customer co-ops in Australia. It is not only a successful business, supplying retail products and services to its members and community, but also creates financial, human and social and relationship capital for its members, suppliers and the business.
Established Year: 1944
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Emerald and District Co-operative Society

Operating since 1945, supplying the needs of local residents of the Dandenong Ranges. The co-op also operates Barry Plant Emerald Real Estate and a Bendigo Bank agency. Starting with seven members, the co-operative now has 3,000 shareholders.
Established Year: 1945
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Go Vita

Go Vita is Australia’s largest health food retail group, committed to making a difference in its local communities with ethical, quality products and honest health advice.
Established Year: 1987
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Independent Liquor Group (ILG)

Australia’s largest liquor co‑op. Member owned business working to obtain the best service and benefits for its members. ILG is committed to providing choice and flexibility to service its member’s diverse business models through its banner groups: Fleet Street, Bottler, Super Cellars, The Liquor Co-op, Clubmart and Pubmart.
Established Year: 1975
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Master Butchers Co-operative (MBL)

MBL was formed in 1905 by South Australian butchers to service the meat industry. Members consist of retail and wholesale butchers, supermarkets, smallgoods manufacturers, abattoir operators, boning room operators, and seafood and poultry manufacturers and retailers mainly in South Australia, Northern Territory & Western Victoria.
Established Year: 1905
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RapidClean is owned by cleaning supply experts operating their own stores. It provides customers with the support of a national organisation while providing a local service, offering a single source, cost-effective one-stop-shop solution. Their stores stock all the major brands of industrial, commercial and environmentally friendly products.
Established Year: 1988
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Union Co-operative Society

Provides business, residential housing and retail services to members in Paddington, Brisbane.
Established Year: 1969
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Yenda Producers Co-operative Society Ltd

The Yenda Producers Co–operative provides its farmer members with comprehensive farming products, services and farming advice from a team of highly trained and experienced agronomists and horticulturalists.
Established Year: 1925