German drugstore operator dm has started to test a free click & collect service, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports. Until now, dm charged its customers EUR4.95 for instore pick-up but the drugstore operator is currently testing a charge-free option until the end of August, before any potential roll-out.
The master franchisee of Carrefour in the Gulf, Majid Al Futtaim, has acquired hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores from Retail Arabia, French retailer Casino's partner in the region..
French fresh produce specialist Grand Frais is currently constructing its first store in Italy in the suburb of Turin. Rapidly growing in its home country, Grand Frais has so far not crossed the borders with the exception of neighbouring Belgium.
German market leader Edeka has launched an internet platform to seamlessly connect its independent shopkeepers with startup supplier companies.
Discounter Lidl is trying to create synergies from its start-up Kochzauber.de. In selected Berlin stores, so-called Kochtüten (cook bags) are being offered, which contain changing recipes and all of the ingredients to prepare the meal at home.
Iceland Foods has emerged as one of the fastest growing retailers in the highly competitive UK grocery market. Key to its recent success has been its online business, its out-of-town ‘Food Warehouse' and a new store concept for its core Iceland banner.
Following a successful trial, Tesco has announced that it is launching its Tesco Now one-hour delivery service in Central London.
French retailer Auchan announced the rebranding of its Наша Радуга (Nasha Raduga / Our Rainbow) no-frill hypermarkets in Russia to Каждый день (Kazhdy Den / Everyday). The retailer believes the move will attract more clients.
Metro Group’s eponymous Cash & Carry operation has started to invest in London-based company Yoyo Wallet. Yoyo provides a combination of mobile payment, ordering, and personalised loyalty and reward programmes, backed up by an analytics and campaign platform for retailers.
Eurelec Trading, the sourcing organisation of French E. Leclerc and German Rewe Group, is stepping up its efforts to negotiate the biggest possible number of international brand suppliers. Currently Eurelec is negotiating the buying conditions for France and Germany.
Costco opened its first store in France yesterday, in a south-western suburb of Paris. Sized at nearly 14,000 sq m, the no-frills warehouse lists a reduced assortment of 3,800 SKUs, ensuring extraordinary product visibility.
French retailer Casino is to open three specialist vegan outlets under its Naturalia organic supermarket banner. The stores will be located in Paris and Vincennes and offer around 2,000 products, all of which will be both organic and made from animal-free ingredients.
Swiss retailer Migros is gearing up to sell its office supplies division Office World, according to Swiss magazine Handelszeitung. The retailer reportedly plans to divest of both its stores and its delivery service.
AS Watson Group has begun talks for a potential takeover of UK health food chain Holland & Barrett, according to Sky News. Holland & Barrett has almost 1,400 stores in 16 countries, with more than half of these in the UK.
French cooperative Les Mousquetaires Intermarché will open its first store in Warsaw this year. While the ambition of the retailer has already been known for months, newspaper Dlahandlu reports the opening is planned for September 2017.
Tesco has announced that it will close its Customer Engagement Centre (CEC) in Cardiff next February as part of new cost saving measures. The retailer says it must run its business in a sustainable and cost-effective way against "unprecedented" challenges in retail.
Kesko is to sell its furniture subsidiary Indoor Group Oy, which operates the banners Asko and Sotka in Finland and Estonia. Kesko’s CEO explained that this follows the retailer’s strategy to focus on the Finnish grocery market, DIY and the car trade going forward.
Discounter Aldi Süd is adding another service to its offer in Germany. From the end of June, selected bulky non-food goods can be ordered to be delivered to customers’ homes. They must first be paid for in the Aldi Süd stores. The products will not be available instore.
French retailer Auchan today announces its acquisition of Ukrainian retailer Karavan which operates hypermarkets in five cities of the country. The deal must be approved by the Competition Authority.
Fensmark Brugsforening, one of Coop Danmark’s largest cooperative associations, has decided to leave the Danish grocery leader. Instead, the association is to become a wholesale customer of competitor Dagrofa from next year.
Rewe Group is extending its online supermarket in Germany with a non-food offer from partners. In what is said to be a test phase, the retailer will add five external non-food retailers to its offer from early July, creating a marketplace that can later be gradually extended.
Sainsbury’s is believed to be looking to make a bid for convenience symbol operator Nisa. It is thought that the two retailers are poised to sign an exclusivity agreement for their talks.
Discounter Lidl has decided to reinstall surveillance cameras in selected German stores. The move comes nearly ten years after all cameras were removed, following a major spying scandal on Lidl’s store staff.
Dia is working with online retail giant Amazon to bring its groceries to more cities in Spain. The retailer already supplies Amazon's rapid Prime Now delivery service in Madrid and now hopes to expand to Barcelona and other cities, according to El Economista.
Amazon has stunned the grocery sector with a USD13.7bn (EUR12.38bn) bid to acquire Whole Foods Market. The all-cash transaction will see Amazon become a full omnichannel grocery retailer, gaining a physical presence of 450 stores in North America and nine in the UK.
UK convenience player Nisa Retail has brought in bankers to explore refinancing options which could include a sale. Discussions are at an early stage but have prompted rumours of a shock sale of the business.
Rewe plans to reinforce free entrepreneurship in the supermarket division, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports. Its approximately 1,100 independent shopkeepers will in future have the option to purchase the shares in their business held by the group to become the sole shareholder.
Carrefour opened two new Supeco price-focused stores in Romania. The two units of this hybrid concept between a discounter and cash & carry were conversions of former Billa supermarkets.
Schwarz Group-owned discount chain Lidl will roll out a smartphone application in Austria that shows instore product availability, reports Lebensmittel Zeitung. Customers will be able to search for stores nearby to see where the desired product is in stock, avoiding being faced with empty shelves.
X5 is set to open up to 1,000 Travellers' Service Centres at transport hubs such as airports, train and bus stations. The group's convenience-oriented concept will provide a minimarket, a pharmacy and a food service provider under one roof.
Ocado is set to take part in a driverless vehicle trial later this year in a bid to improve safety and achieve faster deliveries. According to The Grocer, Ocado will team up with Artificial Intelligence company Oxbotica using newly designed ‘cargo pods’.
After weeks, if not months, of speculation around the successor of CEO Georges Plassat, French retailer Carrefour officially appointed Alexandre Bompard as its new Chairman & CEO who will take the helm of Carrefour on 18 July.
Sweden’s fourth largest grocer Bergendahls has split its food subsidiary into the divisions City Gross Store (Hypermarkets), City Gross E-commerce, Assortment and Wholesale.
Magnit plans to strengthen its production arm by acquiring a large-scale farming business in Russia's central federal district. After operating greenhouses on 80 hectares, an additional 700 hectares of farming land will boost the Krasnodar-based retailers capacity to source vegetables for its more than 11,000 stores.
Dutch retailer Jumbo plans to open 100 of its new format Foodmarkt City stores in the coming years, reports Dutch magazine Distrifood. Jumbo’s CEO Fritz van Eerd asked at a real estate exhibition for proposals for suitable locations.
Tesco has confirmed plans to close nine unprofitable stores in Poland, its largest market in Central and Eastern Europe. The company confirmed that these stores had been operating for a number of years at a loss.
Dansk Supermarked has bought the leases for 81 of the 91 Kiwi discount stores or plots previously put up for sale by its competitor Dagrofa. More than half of the stores are to be converted to its own Netto discount banner and the rest to be sold on to other retailers or companies.
Costco, the US members-only cash & carry warehouse giant, has opened its first store in Iceland. This will shortly be followed by its much anticipated first store in France and will add to its existing portfolio of 30 stores in Europe.
Kaufland is opening a seasonal store in a health resort in Romania. The Schwarz Group-owned big box banner will offer a full range of groceries from a tent in a car park in Sovata, which will be open during the summer season, until 17 September.
French retailer Auchan is gearing up vertical integration of processed fresh produce in Russia. In the next few weeks, the retailer will unveil its new meat processing factory in the Tambov region; and it is reportedly now considering a vegetable processing facility.
One year after launching internationally in London, Amazon Fresh is now expanding across London and the South East. The retailer has also expanded its product range, increased same-day delivery flexibility and added a Foodie Trends store.
Russian Monetka's franchise operations in Moscow have been on the market for several years. Now parent company OOO Element-Trade may have found a buyer for its more than 130 stores, with a deal due to close shortly according to retail portal retailer.ru.
Ocado has announced that it has signed its first agreement with an anonymous “regional European retailer” to use its Ocado Smart Platform (OSP) technology.
Discount store operator Lidl has won supermodel Heidi Klum as brand ambassador and designer for its apparel category. By the end of 2017, Heidi’s designs will be available at the discount store operator’s international stores.
Axfood has acquired the pre-packed grocery bag specialist Middagsfrid. According to the Swedish grocery retailer, the company delivers to around 300 Swedish towns and cities and last year had a turnover of approximately SEK75mn. (EUR7.92mn).
Tesco has completed its first online grocery delivery by robot. The items were successfully delivered to an address in Central London using a six-wheeled self-driving buggy with space for two shopping bags.
Russian X5 Retail Group will return to Southern Siberia with its Pyaterochka minimarket format, having abandoned franchise operations in the area several years ago. The targeted territories are home to Maria-Ra, one of the biggest retailers eastwards of the Urals mountains.
Palmer & Harvey, the UK’s number one delivered wholesaler, has been put up for sale. In a surprise move, Sainsbury’s has been linked to the wholesaler and there is speculation that the UK’s second largest grocery retailer may make a takeover bid.