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Bunnings Is Australia’s Most Trusted Brand, Woolworths Drops After Woke Campaign

Bunnings has again been named the most trusted brand in the 12 months to December 2023 according to a report by Roy Morgan.

The report confirms that Bunnings has surpassed Woolworths three-and-a-half-year stronghold, and that Coles has fallen from 3rd to 5th place.

Bunnings lost its title as Australia’s most trusted brand to Woolworths in May 2020, but since October 2022, it has shown a strong recovery, achieving the largest improvement in trust among all trusted brands.

“Bunnings is a brand with a vast reservoir of goodwill and reputational strength fed by dramatically more trust than distrust… its trust has been climbing steadily over the past year while its minimal distrust remains fairly stable,” says Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine.

According to the report, Australians’ distrust in companies has grown in the last year. Corporate greed, poor customer service, unaffordable prices, dishonesty, unethical practices, and poor privacy practices, are some of the reasons for this, it states

Levine explains that “Bunnings has harnessed many of the foundational pillars of a trusted brand including great customer service, communicating what it stands for and delivering, being an active part of the community, solving customer’s problems and expertise and product knowledge.”

Trusted Brands

According to the report, Both major supermarkets have fallen among trusted brands, with Woolworths (2nd) slipping one place and Coles (5th) two places. ALDI (3rd), Kmart (4th) and Bunnings (1st) each rose by one place.

Within the top 20, Bendigo Bank (15th) was the only brand to move up two spots, widening the gap against ING (18th) and Commonwealth Bank (19th). The ABC (17th) dropped two rankings and QBE (128th) and SBS (93rd) dropped 26 and 23 places respectively.

Speaking on QBE, Levin explains that QBE has been accused of lifting premiums while simultaneously locking in so-called ‘lowball’ pandemic payouts. The insurer is also facing the Federal Court for allegedly telling brokers to ignore a court ruling to contact clients to ask if they needed to lodge a claim for pandemic loss.

Australians feedback on Bunnings

When Australians were asked why they trust Bunnings, Roy Morgan received the following feedback:

“Great customer service. Love their welcoming staff. Whether it’s nuts and bolts or a new toilet seat, they have it all value for money.”

“Reliable with low prices. Have always been able to exchange products even if the issue was my mistake (e.g. misread the label and bought the wrong thing), or if I found an issue it was never denied (e.g. box was missing a part).”

“They employ a lot of tradies who can give worthwhile advice.”

“Have been there over 700 times in last 23 years. For building, renovations etc and the staff KNOW where stuff is and are good with the advice.”

“LOVE Bunnings one of my favourite shop’s huge variety of home care products plus the garden section I love best of all can’t resist buying something for the garden every time I visit.”

“Great products and price and have a no quibble refund policy.”

“Great stock range, help is there if you need it and it is my go-to for my gardening and tool needs. Really convenient trading hours, and their return policy is good.

Distrusted Brands

According to Roy Morgan, telecommunications company Optus remains the most distrusted brand in Australia. It is followed by social media giant (and former and long-standing most distrusted brand) Facebook/Meta, embattled airline Qantas, private health insurer Medibank and media giant News Corp. All four have faced significant scandals in recent years including content policies and moderation, widespread data breaches and allegations of profiteering.

In positive news, it says technology companies Google (20th) Huawei (60th), and Uber (39th) improved their positions by 7, 11 and 8 places respectively. Qantas (3rd) is showing signs of recovery despite deep distrust.

Levine notes that “the Big Four banks were showing significant improvements in their trust and distrust scores, but by year’s end, we saw dramatic declines. ANZ is the biggest loser, jumping 18 distrust rankings to land at number 15 on the top twenty list of most distrusted brands in Australia. NAB jumped 19 places, but as the nation’s 71st most distrusted brand is in much better shape than ANZ”.

Trust in banks has deteriorated due to successive interest rate rises and rising cost-of-living concerns. Australians cite excessive profit motives and unaffordable prices as reasons for their distrust, with banks bearing much of this criticism.

“Soaring distrust from executives behaving appallingly and even corruptly has brought the entire economy into Net Distrust territory. The Moral Blindness exhibited has contributed to a kind of national fragility,” said Levine

 

 



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