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Aldi Süd Opens German Petrol Stations

Aldi Süd in Germany has struck a deal with discount petrol station operator FE-Trading allowing the latter to operate unmanned stations next to Aldi stores. The contract between the two covers a pilot project including ten stations in and around Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart.
Topics: Aldi

Metro Posts Strong Sales Growth in Q3

Metro AG, the new entity formed by the grocery wholesale and retail arm of former Metro Group, has presented results for its third quarter. According to CEO Olaf Koch, the results already give a good impression of where the company is heading.
Topics: Metro Group

Spar International Enters Belarus

Spar International has partnered with the Belarussian retailer Almi Group to open stores in the country. The retailer plans to open 60 Spar stores by the end of 2020, most likely in the cities of Minsk, Grodno, Gomel, Brest and their respective regions.

Sainsbury’s Launches Argos at Convenience Stores

UK grocer Sainsbury’s has announced plans to add Argos click and collect points to 100 convenience stores following a successful trial. Shoppers will be able to pick up online orders from a selection of 40,000 items from Argos, as well as Sainsbury’s TU clothing range.
Topics: Sainsbury's

Aldi Süd Fights For Its Reputation

Aldi Süd is facing fierce opposition from truck drivers in Australia about compensation and working conditions. Aldi wants to uphold legal action to stop a union criticising the retailer despite failing to secure interim orders that would have censored the union’s campaign.
Topics: Aldi

Auchan Opens First Minimarket in Poland

Polish retail news portal Handel Extra takes us to visit the first Auchan minimarket in Warsaw. The 200 sq m pilot store with extensive opening hours opened last month.
Topics: Auchan

Eurocash Grows Through Retail Acquisitions

The largest Polish wholesaler, Eurocash Group, has grown its sales in the first half of 2017 primarily due to the impact of retail acquisitions and projects. The company is now in talks with its next potential target, the Mila supermarket chain.
Topics: Eurocash

Aldi Nord Poaches Lidl Man to Head Denmark

Aldi Nord has appointed Finn Tang as new Managing Director for its Danish operations. The 51-year-old manager joins from arch rival Lidl, where he headed the Denmark division from 2001 until 2016.
Topics: Aldi

Free-Fall for El Corte Inglés' Hypermarkets

The Spanish retailer El Corte Inglés posted positive sales growth overall with mixed performances at banner level. Hypermarket turnover plunged during the year.
Topics: El Corte Inglés

Axfood the Vanguard for Flexitariarism

Yesterday, Axfood opened its new Hemköp City flagship store which is piloting the banner’s new Vego concept for vegetarian food. The main aim is to inspire so-called flexitarian shoppers to try alternatives to meat by co-merchandising the two within each category.
Topics: Axfood

Amazon Disrupts From Day One at Whole Foods

Amazon has announced that its acquisition of Whole Foods Market will close on Monday, with the two companies set to pursue the joint vision of making high-quality natural and organic food affordable for everyone. Amazon Prime will become the new customer rewards programme.
Topics: Amazon

Dansk Supermarked Invests in Price Reductions

Denmark’s second largest grocer Dansk Supermarked is to permanently lower prices on 2,000 everyday items at its Føtex superstore banner. The initiative called føtæsk comprises both private labels and manufacturer brands, across all categories.
Topics: Dansk Supermarked

Aldi Nord Steps up Marketing Communication

Over recent weeks Aldi Nord in Poland has been significantly boosting its marketing efforts. New billboards, in-store signage and changes to promotional leaflets give us the impression that Aldi’s communication efforts have made an evolutionary leap forwards.
Topics: Aldi

Edeka Invests in Grocery Online

Edeka is accelerating efforts to improve its grocery e-commerce offer in Munich, Berlin and elsewhere, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports. It is extending its Bringmeister service in Munich and Berlin; and has installed pick-up lockers for grocery orders at Audi in Ingolstadt.
Topics: Edeka

Photo Report: Waitrose Hosts Its First Summer Festival

Waitrose's hosted its first summer festival last weekend at the retailer's Leckford Estate farm in Hampshire. The event ran over three days and included cookery classes, masterclasses, tastings, discussions and plenty of food. LZ Retailytics paid a visit.
Topics: John Lewis Partnership

Erwin Müller Only Managing Director Left

Erwin Müller, CEO and founder of the drugstore operator Müller, is the only Managing Director left, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports. Elke Menold has stepped down from her position as Managing Director but remains at the company as Head of Sales, also with responsibility for buying for the perfume business and ‘Naturshop’.
Topics: Müller

Mercadona Strengthens Sales Density Leadership

Supermarket operator Mercadona tops LZ Retailytics 2017 ranking for Spain in terms of retail sales per square metre. With sales expected to reach EUR9,800 per sq m in 2017, this consolidates Mercadona’s market leadership, given it is well ahead of most of its competitors.
Topics: Mercadona

Rewe Independent Looks to Luxembourg

With one of German retailer Rewe's independent shopkeepers opening a store in Luxembourg earlier this year, LZ Retailytics considers the retail environment and outlook for retailers operating in one of Europe's smallest states.
Topics: Rewe Group Cactus

Dixy Group Closes Stores

Russian multi-format retailer Dixy Group is consolidating its store network. The retailer has closed almost 100 stores during the first half of 2017 and has decreased its new store opening plans from 180 to around 50-60 for this year.
Topics: Dixy Group

Russia Special #5: Metro Cash & Carry Develops Convenience Franchise

Developing the Fasol Express convenience format will remain a priority for Metro Cash & Carry Russia. As CEO Jere Calmes explained in an interview with LZ Retailytics, expansion plans for the soft-franchise banner that so far operates 240 shops in the capital are ambitious.
Topics: Metro Group

Netto Appoints Country Director for Sweden

Dansk Supermarked has chosen Anders Wennerberg as new Country Director for its Netto discount banner in Sweden. His most recent position was as Regional Director at Coop Sverige but he was also hypermarket chain director at both Coop Sverige and Ica Gruppen.
Topics: Dansk Supermarked

Dansk Supermarked Gets Serious About Click & Collect

Dansk Supermarked is set to launch a grocery click & collect service in two Bilka hypermarkets, according to Danish retail magazine Dansk Handelsblad. Bilka’s Chain Director expects the Bilka To Go service to represent 5% of Bilka’s current turnover by 2024 following a full roll-out.
Topics: Dansk Supermarked

Russia Special #4: Russia’s First Hard Discounter Gains Momentum

Russia’s first hard discounter, the DA! banner created by Okey Group in 2015, is gaining momentum. Like-for-like results for the Moscow-based chain show growth at more than 60% during the first half of the year.
Topics: Okey

Coop Sverige Appoints New CEO

Coop Sverige has appointed Magnus Johansson as new CEO effective immediately. He replaces Sonat Burman-Olsson who since May 2014 led the turnaround process resulting in a net profit for the retailer over the past two years.
Topics: Coop Sverige (SE)

Russia Special #3: Lenta Aims to Become a Top 3 Retailer

Large-format operator Lenta, currently Russia's fifth largest grocery retailer, has confirmed that it plans to become a top 3 retailer over the next few years. In order to reach this position, the St Petersburg based retailer needs to pass current number 3 and 4, Auchan and Dixy Group, respectively.
Topics: Lenta

Amazon Introduces Instant Pick-Up

Amazon has introduced a new, free service for Prime and Prime Student members, allowing them to order items to pick up in two minutes or less across five US locations.
Topics: Amazon

Russia Special #2: 10,000 New Stores for X5

CEO of Russian retailer X5 Retail Group Igor Shekhterman sees the potential to open more than 10,000 additional stores in the country. A plan that sounds so ambitious that it is difficult to grasp.
Topics: X5 Retail Group

Axfood Starts Online Pharmacy

Axfood is to launch an online pharmacy through a jointly-owned e-commerce company called Hubia. Other shareholders are Novax, Axfood’s investment subsidiary, and the three entrepreneur founders of the site LensOn, selling lenses online.
Topics: Axfood

Russia Special #1: Further Market Concentration

This week, LZ Retailytics takes you to Russia. Each day, we will be exploring the different banners which shape the Russian retail landscape. Today we look into the dynamics of the market. By 2021, the six largest Russian grocery retailers will near half of organised trade.
Topics: Magnit Lenta Auchan X5 Retail Group Dixy Group

Wilko Becomes the Latest UK Retailer to Cut Jobs

Wilko has placed 3,900 staff into consultation as it cuts middle management positions at its stores to increase competitiveness. The move follows similar moves last week from Asda and Sainsbury's in a competitive and changing landscape.
Topics: Wilko (Wilkinson)

Spar Austria Opens Convenience Store

Spar Austria has opened a convenience store in a former small supermarket location in Vienna. The store offers products aimed at shoppers on the go as well as tourists. The convenience private label line Spar Enjoy is prominently featured in the store with sandwiches, smoothies and other food-to-go products. To enable a quick shopping experience, the store is also equipped with self-checkouts.
Topics: Spar Austria

Carrefour Multiplies Own Brands

Carrefour Spain is launching four new exclusive non-food private label lines. Poss is dedicated to high tech products and accessories; Klindo for everyday household goods, Mandine for kitchenware; and Nalk&Rey for Health & Beauty appliances.
Topics: Carrefour

Spar UK Wholesaler Denies Sale Rumours

Spar UK regional distribution company, A F Blakemore, has been the subject of rumours regarding a potential sale of its wholesale division. According to The Telegraph, family owned A F Blakemore hired advisors to explore a possible sale; however, the company hit back saying it is not for sale.
Topics: Spar UK

Amazon Invests in Spain

Amazon is to open a 100,000 sq m fulfilment centre in Illescas, south of Madrid next autumn creating 900 new jobs. The retailer is continuing to invest in Spain, with two DCs set to open later this year and new facilities in Madrid and Barcelona supporting Amazon Prime Now.
Topics: Amazon

Netherlands and CEE Drive Ahold Delhaize H1 Results

Just over a year after the merger, Ahold Delhaize has reported its first combined half year results. The retailer reported good growth in its home market, The Netherlands; however sales declined slightly in Belgium. The central and south-eastern Europe segment also performed well.
Topics: Ahold Delhaize

Coop Danmark Considers Umbrella Banner

Coop Danmark CEO, Peter Høgsted is considering renaming all the retailer’s banners under a common Coop umbrella, he told the Danish Newsletter Økonomisk Ugebrev. In the interview, he said that he sees the Danish grocery leader’s banners as increasingly similar but advocates local differentiation.
Topics: Coop Danmark (DK)

Billa Commits to Ukraine

Billa has commited to its Ukrainian business, responding to rumours of a potential market exit. The division run by Rewe Group’s Austrian operation has shut down several outlets in the country. Some of its supermarkets are understood to have struggled, for instance its operation in Odessa.
Topics: Rewe Group

Carrefour Leverages its Polish Minimarkets

French retailer Carrefour is leveraging its franchised minimarket network in Poland for click & collect. The move intends to create synergies with Carrefour's online capabilities while generating store traffic for its franchisees.
Topics: Carrefour

More Details on Kaufland Revamp

Kaufland has revealed further details regarding its German store refurbishment plans. According to Lebensmittel Zeitung, the big box operator intends to have completed the overhaul by 2020.
Topics: Schwarz Group

Dagrofa Matches Discounters

Dagrofa’s Meny supermarkets have introduced a new discounter price matching scheme, called DiscountMatch, as reported by Danish retail magazine, Dansk Handelblad. The scheme will actively match the prices of 500 basic, permanent SKUs to those of Netto and Rema 1000.
Topics: Dagrofa

Lidl Replaces Head of Digital

Discounter Lidl has replaced Heiko Hegwein, former Head of Lidl Digital, with Thorsten Reichle, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports.
Topics: Schwarz Group

Rossmann to Partner with Amazon Prime Now

Rossmann plans to work with Amazon to list items under its exclusive Prime Now rapid delivery service, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports. This makes Rossmann the first German top ten retailer to co-operate with the e-commerce giant. Rossmann joins smaller grocery retailers Tegut, Basic and Feneberg on the site.
Topics: Amazon Rossmann

Spar Seeks New Greek Partnership

Netherlands-based retail association Spar International is looking to re-establish its brand in Greece, following the decision by its local partner Veropoulos to sell the business last year.

Asda Underperforms Amidst “Intense” Competition

UK supermarket chain Asda struggled to keep up with its competitors in 2016. Figures filed at Companies House show that the Walmart subsidiary posted a 19% drop in pre-tax profit and like-for-like sales declines of 5.7%, despite improvements in the final quarter.
Topics: Walmart

Discount Continues to Dominate Wealthy Norway

In Norway, Europe’s discount-densest country, entry-price stores will continue to outgrow other grocery formats, LZ Retailytics forecasts show. Already claiming over half of total grocery turnover, the discount channel is expected to achieve double-digit growth between now and 2022.
Topics: Norgesgruppen Reitangruppen Coop Norge (NO)

Morrisons Signs Supply Agreement with McColls

UK grocer Morrisons has signed an agreement to supply convenience player McColls, following a competitive process. In time, the deal will replace McColls’ existing supply arrangements with Palmer & Harvey and Nisa.
Topics: Nisa Morrisons

Kaufland Adds Food Courts to Romanian Stores

Kaufland is adding food courts to its Romanian stores. The Schwarz Group-owned superstore and hypermarket operator has said that the change is part of a process of reinventing the shopping experience as customers have said that they expect more than a typical hypermarket offering.
Topics: Schwarz Group

Amazon Adds Feneberg

Amazon has added a regional grocer to its Prime Now express delivery service in Munich, Germany. The offer has been extended by 4,000 products from Kempten-based supermarket operator Feneberg, both companies said.
Topics: Amazon Edeka

Aldi Launches Pop-Up Shops in Hungary

Aldi has started to employ pop-up shops at major sports and cultural events in Hungary. In what is expected to be the first in a series of similar openings, the German discounter presented its temporary sales point at the FINA World Championships in Budapest on Margaret island, a popular tourist spot.
Topics: Aldi