Tesco in the UK has announced it is to reduce the price of nearly 100 private label and branded sanitary products such as pads and tampons. The five per cent reduction in price will cover the cost of the so-called ‘Tampon Tax’ or VAT on the items ahead of government proposals to remove the VAT.
Amazon believes there is no one solution to the future of retail, which is why it plans to continue experimenting with a number of different formats, from physical pick up points and Amazon Go to online ordering and home delivery.
Lidl has purchased a plot in Riga, Latvia, intended for retail use the TV-channel Latvijas Televīzija (Latvian Television) reports. The chairman of the Latvian Traders Association also confirmed the German retailer has acquired a plot intended for use as a wholesale base.
Spanish co-operative Eroski has sold 103 Perfurmerías IF stores as well as the accompanying e-commerce operation to German perfumery operator Douglas.
During its H1 2017 results announcement Portuguese retailer Jerónimo Martins gave some updates on the trading environment in Poland where it holds market leadership.
Morrisons is working with MetraWeather to introduce localised weather forecasts to its UK stores over the summer, to help shoppers buy the right food for the weekend and reduce food waste.
Aldi Nord and Süd have said they are going to be the first major grocer in Germany to stop offering single-use bags. The move not only includes plastic bags, but also paper bags as these are not a sustainable alternative due to their high energy and water consumption, according to the retailer.
German big-box operator Globus is facing increasing financial difficulties in its home market, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports. The medium-sized big box operator has now had to pay a high single-digit million Euro amount to competitor Real.
Spanish petrol station operator Repsol will expand the Supercor Stop&Go minimarket brand to its network, counting currently 3,500 service stations nationwide. El Corte Inglés will play the role of buying office for the network.
Tesco has announced that it is extending same day online grocery deliveries across the whole of the UK, making it the first UK retailer to offer same day delivery nationwide.
Estonian grocery leader Coop Eesti is to rename all three of its grocery banners in the country, according to Estonian newspaper Äripäev. The re-bannering project is planned to take place over the next year and a half, coinciding with the previously launched refurbishment programme.
Lidl in Germany is approaching large-scale farmers with a view to enter into direct supply contracts. Lebensmittel Zeitung writes that these big suppliers could deliver directly to the fruit centres that serve Lidl’s stores, bypassing the three procurement organisations that work exclusively for Lidl.
Carrefour has started promoting 200 of its private label products with shopper feedback instore. The French market leader will use shelf talkers to display selected reviews from its online customers.
Coop Danmark’s upscale supermarket chain Irma has started trialling vegan and vegetarian sections in eight of its stores. The concept called ”Det Grønne Måltid” (the green meal) will initially offer 150 SKUs.
Carrefour Romania has become the major shareholder of Bringo, an online platform organising home delivery by courier. The available online assortment naturally varies by store, but can reach up to 35,000 food and non-food products for a Carrefour hypermarket.
Dansk Supermarked is to open 40 new Danish Netto stores in the coming months, starting with the first three today (July 20) and then proceeding with 3-4 weekly openings.
Kaufland is building a network of urban community gardens in Romania. The Schwarz Group-owned retailer is turning the roofs of its stores; areas in its car parks; and plots of land located near to local schools into green areas where people can grow their own plants.
Hamburg is the second German market for the same-day grocery delivery service, which started in Berlin and Potsdam in May. The proposition includes an expanded non food assortment as well as local brands and sellers.
French Retailer Les Mousquetaires Intermarché opened the first franchised FNAC cultural goods stores in Portugal. The store is sized at 675sq m and lists 14,000 SKUs ranging from cultural goods to consumer electronics.
Amazon has trademarked a new recipe box service under the tagline "We do the prep. You be the chef.", leading to speculation that it could add this to its grocery and restaurant delivery services in future.
Waitrose has announced the appointment of its first ever Director of Food Service, marking its commitment to instore dining and the growing food to go channel. The retailer also revealed plans to divert funds out of new stores into refreshing its entire store estate.
Kaufland is making a U-turn with regard to range delistings in its German stores. A project which started less than a year ago, aimed at lowering costs by reducing the variety, has been reversed as Kaufland is now in the process of re-listing a lot of articles that were previously scrapped.
French retailer Casino believes it has found the right balance for its Géant hypermarkets.They will increasingly be backed up by its e-commerce arm, which from now on will handle the home furnishing and household appliance inventories.
The Dutch Spar division has launched a new user-friendly e-commerce site available for all mobile devices. The retailer now also offers same-day delivery for customer orders placed before 10am. Orders are fulfilled by the selected store.
Metro Group has achieved its goal of dividing into two individual companies. The demerger came into effect when the local court in Düsseldorf entered it into the commercial register.
Netherlands-based Spar International has signed a partnership with the locally listed Ermes Department Stores. This should result in some twenty stores across the island trading under the Spar banner by 2022. The first unit in the country is due to open in early 2018.
Aldi Süd in the UK has launched what it calls its largest ever recruitment drive. The German discount retailer has said that it is to create nearly 4,000 jobs as it presses ahead with its aggressive expansion strategy in the country.
Leading Belarus retailer Eurotorg has presented a new store concept adapted for remote regions and small villages. Having strengthened its presence in first and second-tier cities, the dynamic and innovative retailer now aims to extend its reach across all of Belarus.
Kaufland has provided details for its store upgrade programme in Germany. Going beyond pure facelifts, new concept elements will cautiously be implemented, such as served counters and convenience shelves. Fresh food will also be strengthened, in order to broaden the appeal.
Lidl has announced that it will double its rate of expansion in the UK, to open 50-60 new stores annually for the next 5-10 years. The plans include investment in logistics to support the accelerated expansion, as well as a new head office.
Russian big box retailer Okey is testing Scan&Go checkout solutions in one of its Moscow hypermarkets. Is this part of an innovation strategy or just one of a number of measures aimed at achieving cost savings while at the same time increasing customer convenience?
Amazon’s third annual Prime Day takes place on 11th July and this year’s additions show an increased focus on the grocery category.
Italy’s third largest grocer Esselunga plans to be listed on the Milan stock exchange. According to the German newspaper Lebensmittel Zeitung, the aim to make around 30% of the family-owned company available to investors was approved at board level earlier this week.
Metro Group’s electronics store operator Media Markt is testing instore navigation with LED lights from Philips in a few stores in the Netherlands and Belgium, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports. The LED ceiling lights transmit information to help smartphone-equipped shoppers to find their way to different goods.
French retailer Casino is trialling the use of the city's tramway system to supply two urban minimarkets in its hometown of St Etienne (Central France).
The DIY division of France's third largest grocery retailer Les Mousquetaires Intermarché is in preliminary talks for the acquisition of Bricorama DIY stores in France and Spain.
In the process of downsizing unprofitable operations, Agrokor has closed one of its wholesale centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The banner has been operating under the Velpro logo in Bosnia since the beginning of 2016.
AS Watson’s UK subsidiary Superdrug recorded a 41% jump in pre-tax profit during 2016 as it reaped the rewards of investing for the future. Success was driven by store refurbishments and differentiation in growing categories such as cosmetics.
German discount retailer Aldi Nord has earmarked EUR5bn for a refresh of its international operations across Europe. However, the record budget is subject to the approval of Jakobus-Stiftung, the foundation that represents Aldi Nord’s heirs who are said to be annoyed with the two other family foundations.
Carrefour has unveiled a new convenience concept for its Express minimarkets dubbed "3 Minuti" (3 minutes). Located in Genoa (northern Italy), the store has a strong focus on convenience food and services.
Coop Italia increased its grocery turnover by 0.2% to EUR13.1bn in 2016. This can be compared with Conad’s growth of 1.6% in the same year and the fierce rival’s aim to grow 4.7% annually over the next three years.
Sales of warm weather items including fruit & vegetables, summer clothes and fans boosted Sainsbury’s first quarter sales. Retail sales increased 2.7% during the period with like-for-like sales up 2.3%.
S Group has signed an agreement with department store operator Stockmann to acquire its Finnish food courts. The aim is to develop Stockmann’s Delicatessen stores into flagship stores for S Group.
Aldi Süd in Germany is considering price promotions for brands. Lebensmittel Zeitung suggests “a paradigm shift” is looming as the discount retailer is “seriously contemplating” the introduction of special offers for leading manufacturer brands.