I analysed more than 10,000 Reddit posts on supermarket pricing. 5 key themes emerged

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 04:20:52 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"A Senate inquiry into supermarket pricing, announced last year, is currently
taking public submissions and will report its findings in May.

The Albanese government, meanwhile, has appointed former Labor cabinet minister
Craig Emerson to review the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct.

Coles has said it’s “always exploring ways to reduce prices,” while Woolworths
says it is “working to deliver relief” from high prices. Supply chain costs,
inflation, construction costs and energy prices have all contributed to high
prices, the major supermarkets say.

But let’s forget the media commentary, the politician sound bytes and the
supermarket public messaging for a moment. What are ordinary Australians saying
about supermarket pricing?

To find out more, I analysed 10,025 comments made on Reddit using Python
programming software. Reddit is a network of online communities where
like-minded people can discuss topics of mutual interest. The comments were
drawn from the Reddit groups r/australian and r/australia and

My research, which is yet to be peer-reviewed, revealed five key themes
dominated these discussions."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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