Discount and Variety
Discount and variety stores sell goods such as stationery; clothing; health and beauty products; confectionery; some food products; gifts; hardware; household goods; pet accessories; holiday decorations; smaller electrical appliances; novelty toys - and much more. Over 220 businesses employ nearly 3,500 people in South Australia.
These stores are usually self-service through a checkout system similar to supermarkets, with the focus on offering un-branded products at a lower price than similar products sold in department stores.
Variety stores will often provide a consistent product range at each store location that is organised into product areas for the convenience of the shopper. Discount stores specialise in providing customers with bargain products with a 'no-frills' service approach. These businesses usually buy products in bulk, often discontinued or imported and this allows the retailer to pass the savings onto the customer.
Wal-Mart (USA) has 8,416 stores under 53 different banners in 15 countries and employs more than 2 million people worldwide. Australian discount companies are much smaller, but a chain can still employ 2,500 permanent and 7,500 casual staff over 350 stores with three or four different names.
Three of the largest variety retail businesses averaged a total revenue of $3.5 billion in 2006-07.
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