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Aldi Poland Implements German Christmas Assortment

Aldi Nord in Poland has introduced traditional German Christmas sweets into its promotional areas. Mesh wire tables reserved for food promotions are currently housing almost a dozen different German-made festive candies.
Topics: Aldi

Albert Heijn Teams Up with SuperBuddy for Same-Day Delivery

Albert Heijn is to start a trial with SuperBuddy’s Rappie in Rotterdam, De Telegraaf reports. Currently, four grocery stores are testing the service. SuperBuddy provides personal shoppers that pick goods in stores and then deliver them to customers by bike.
Topics: Ahold Delhaize

Edeka Pilots Smart Shopping Trolley

Since July, Edeka independent shopkeeper Darius Kutz is offering its customers the ‘most modern shopping trolley in the world’ at a store in Porta Westfalica, in the North-West of Germany, reports Tag 24. The shopkeeper decided to make the trolley a permanent fixture due to the success of the technology.
Topics: Edeka

Bennet Accelerates Development of Drives in Italy

Italian hypermarket specialist Bennet has opened its fifth grocery pick-up point (also known as a drive) outside its new hypermarket in Nichelino, a suburb of Turin, after competitors Carrefour and Coop Italia already opened drives nearby.
Topics: Finiper Esselunga Bennet Coop Italia (IT)

Co-operative Group Eyes Acquisition Opportunities as it Grows

The UK Co-op has recorded fourteen consecutive quarters of like-for-like growth in its food division. As it looks to build scale to strengthen its business, the retailer is currently in exclusive talks with symbol group Nisa.
Topics: The Co-operative

Auchan Commits to Smaller Formats

Wilhelm Hubner, Auchan’s Executive Director and former Country Director for Russia intends to ramp up small box openings in the country to one store per day, starting in 2018.
Topics: Auchan

Supermarkets Celebrate 60th Anniversary

Supermarkets in Germany celebrate their 60th anniversary today: On 26 September 1957, the first self-service supermarket was opened by Herbert Ecklöh, located in a former sports hall in Cologne.
Topics: Edeka Rewe Group

Aldi Sees UK Profits Fall Despite Growth

Aldi recorded a 17% fall in profit at its businesses in the UK and Ireland last year, despite accelerating revenues. As it continues its expansion path the company has met with increased costs, which is unable to pass onto shoppers.
Topics: Aldi

Management Reorganisation at Carrefour

French Retailer Carrefour’s new CEO Alexandre Bompard has announced the appointment of a group executive committee composed of 14 members. The first task of this new team will be to define and implement the group’s transformation plan.
Topics: Carrefour

Marks & Spencer Launches Online Grocery Pilots

Marks & Spencer has gone live with two online grocery trials in the UK, piloting both rapid home delivery and click & collect. The move is aimed at gauging the right response to changing customer expectations and leveraging the strongest part of M&S' business online.
Topics: Marks & Spencer

Colruyt Group Introduces Digital Platform for Private Labels

Colruyt Group has launched a digital platform called Productzoeker (‘Product Finder’) providing detailed information on its private label goods. The website offers ingredient lists, nutritional information and sustainability aspects for the retailers umbrella own brands Boni Selection and Everyday.
Topics: Colruyt Group

Costcutter Trials Finger Payments

UK convenience retailer Costcutter is trialling a biometric payment system at a store in London, allowing customers to check out by tapping their finger on a reader connected to the POS.
Topics: Costcutter

Coop Norge Signs Deal with Book Retailer

Norwegian retailer Coop Norge has signed an agreement with book retailer Tanum to open book corners in around 700 grocery stores. These will be branded under the new Tanum Concept name.
Topics: Coop Norge (NO)

Frozen Food Specialists at a Crossroads

LZ Retailytics notes that European frozen-food store operators are evolving their concepts in different directions to sustain growth, in France, Belgium and the UK.
Topics: Picard Iceland

New Swedish Lidl Store Features Deli and Café

Lidl is to open a new concept store in Sigtuna, north of Stockholm. It will feature a delicatessen shop-in-shop with food service, sun-panels on the roof, eco-zones and chargers for electric bicycles and cars.
Topics: Schwarz Group

Auchan to Merge Drive & Collect Banners

French retailer Auchan is in the process of merging its two Drive click & collect banners, Chronodrive and Auchan Drive, Linéaires reports. Auchan's Managing Director of Drive in France has confirmed the move, even if plans are not yet fully finalised.
Topics: Auchan

Spanish Retailers Make Plans in Portugal

The upcoming quarters are going to be interesting for Spanish retailers looking to develop their presence in neighbouring Portugal, from the pending Mercadona market entry, to Dia looking to establish an e-commerce presence, and Froiz opening new supermarkets.
Topics: Dia Mercadona

Auchan Promotes Polish brands

Auchan has started a bi-weekly promotion of regional products in Poland under the tagline 'Feast of Local Flavours' (‘Uczta Lokalnych Smaków’) .Combined with its 'Iconic Brands' ('Kultowe Marki') booklet the retailer is offering more than 500 Polish products from 13 counties.
Topics: Auchan

Auchan Direct Pilots Click & Collect in Poland

Auchan's grocery home delivery subsidiary Auchan Direct is introducing a click & collect option, Handel Extra reports. The pilot is reportedly taking place in its recently inaugurated minimarket located in Warsaw.
Topics: Auchan

Aldi Nord to Buy Brands Centrally

Aldi Nord has discovered the advantages of cross-national buying and selling of branded goods, Lebensmittel Zeitung writes. The discounter now aims to make purchasing processes more efficient across borders by bundling buying centrally.
Topics: Aldi

X5 Develops Forecourt Pilot with Rosneft

X5 Retail Group is reportedly developing forecourt stores under the Pyaterochka banner at Russian Rosneft petrol stations. As news portal revealed, a pilot store is already in operation near Smirnovka in the Moscow region.
Topics: X5 Retail Group

Cora Opens First French Hypermarket in Two Decades

Louis Delhaize’s hypermarket banner Cora opened a new store in France, the first for 21 years, LSA reports. The hypermarket is located in Bourgoin-Jallieu, in the region of Lyon. Sized at 3,300 sq m, the store has a reduced non-food assortment which focuses on household goods and health & beauty items.
Topics: Louis Delhaize

Coop Danmark Exports Private Labels to China

Coop Danmark has signed an agreement with Chinese e-commerce platforms Kaola/Netease to sell its Irma private labels there. Initially, the assortment will comprise coffee, chocolate, marmalade, personal care and children’s clothing under the upmarket supermarket banner’s label.
Topics: Coop Danmark (DK)

John Lewis’ Chairman Blames Brexit as Profits Fall

John Lewis’ Chairman Charlie Mayfield has told the BBC that Britain needs a “serious parliamentary debate” on Brexit, as the partnership announced that profits at John Lewis and Waitrose halved during the first half of the year.
Topics: John Lewis Partnership

Conad Private Label Exports Show Promise

Intermarché has introduced the Italian specialities line ‘Creazioni D’Italia’ in its stores in France, the French newspaper Lineaires writes. The label is sourced by the Italian retailer Conad on behalf of its fellow buying group members at Alidis, as well as for other foreign retailers.
Topics: Conad

New Retail Alliance in Russia

Russian retail alliance ‘Альянс’ ('Alliance'), which so far consists of three regional retail chains, has plans to take a top five position among the country’s grocery retailers by 2020. The alliance will consolidate purchasing for its members, as well as providing support in the areas of business processes, personnel and assortment.

German Discounters Show Love for Ireland

Aldi and Lidl are both increasing their commitment to the market in Ireland. A report from CEBR shows that Aldi will add more than EUR1.2bn annually to Ireland's economy. Meanwhile Lidl has launched its first two-week Irish food promotion.
Topics: Schwarz Group Aldi

Albert Heijn Brings Impulse to Self-Checkouts

Albert Heijn is following an idea from Italian-Dutch confectionery and gum supplier Perfetti van Melle testing impulse purchase options next to self-checkouts in ten of its stores.
Topics: Ahold Delhaize

Globus is Testing Instore Tracking with Trolleys

German hypermarket operator Globus is piloting instore tracking via trolleys in a store in Saarbrücken-Güdingen, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports. Working together with researchers from the Innovative Retail Laboratory, the retailer is seeking to better understand the routes customers take when walking around the store.
Topics: Globus

Belarusian State Asks Korona to Go Rural

Belarusian large-format operator Korona will extend its footprint into the country's rural regions. Whereas to date the retailer has operated its hypermarket and supermarket banners primarily in cities with a population of more than 100,000; now smaller villages will be the target of expansion.
Topics: Korona

Real to Invest In Store Revamps

Metro AG's hypermarket operator Real is to invest heavily in refurbishments of its network. As a result, the stores in Braunschweig and Bielefeld are to be converted to its new Food Lover concept, which has already been tested in Krefeld.
Topics: Metro Group

Carrefour Commits to Food-to-Go Minimarkets

Carrefour France has confirmed plans for the roll-out of BonApp, a standalone snacking-focused minimarket banner. After nearly two years of piloting the concept, the banner is now taking off, with four openings since the beginning for the year.
Topics: Carrefour

Carrefour Expands Phantom Food Brands

Carrefour Poland is multiplying the array of grocery private labels lines not bearing its name, following successful tests introduced last year. Eight new category-specific lines have been announced, and will be introduced in H2 2017 and 2018.
Topics: Carrefour

Migros Opens Pick-up Locations to Competitor

Swiss retailer Migros has started to offer customers of the opportunity to get their orders delivered to Migros’ PickMup locations. The electronics specialist operates as a direct competitor of Migros’ banner Digitec Galaxus.
Topics: Migros

Auchan Merges Private Labels in Russia

Auchan plans to merge its product category private labels under its Auchan umbrella brand in Russia. The transformation will be completed within the next two years, starting with non-alcoholic drinks this year.
Topics: Auchan

Netto Refurbishes Stores but Chilled Remains Limited

Netto (Dansk Supermarked) is refurbishing its stores in Poland to its latest international concept. The new concept features a larger fruit & vegetables department; new bakery equipment; a remodelled 'Health Shelf'; and wider aisles, as LZ Retailytics observed during a recent store visit.
Topics: Dansk Supermarked

Netto Poland Launches Loyalty Scheme

Dansk Supermarked’s discount banner Netto has started a new loyalty initiative in Poland aimed at teaching children and parents to eat healthily, Handel Extra reports. The scheme involves a collectors album filled with puzzles and recipes and rewards in the form of game cards.
Topics: Dansk Supermarked

Auchan Finances Hungarian Expansion

French retailer Auchan has committed to invest HUF17bn (EUR53.68mn) in Hungary in 2018, mostly to finance its expansion plan. The retailer previously announced the introduction of new formats, with the aim of operating 60 supermarkets nationwide by 2022.
Topics: Auchan

Aldi Süd Consolidates Coffee Production

Aldi Süd is merging its coffee roasteries into a common association to drive potential distribution. The German discounter’s coffee factories in Mülheim an der Ruhr and in Ketsch near Heidelberg are being consolidated into one society named NewCoffee Roasting Specialists.
Topics: Aldi

Globus to Launch Click & Collect in Russia

Germany-based Globus will be introducing a click & collect service in one of its Russian hypermarkets by end-2017. According to the retailer, an international roll-out is a possible scenario.
Topics: Globus

Mercator Moves Forward in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Slovenian retailer Mercator has been given the green light by Agrokor’s board of creditors to proceed with its plans to re-enter Bosnia and Herzegovina. Agrokor will transfer 83 Konzum stores to its Slovenian subsidiary without passing on Konzum’s liabilities towards suppliers.
Topics: Agrokor

Système U Overtakes Auchan in France

By the end of this year, Cooperative Système U is expected to overtake Auchan as the number five retailer in France, in terms of market share, LZ Retailytics data shows.
Topics: Système U