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Lidl Prices Attract Walmart's Attention

Walmart in the USA is adjusting the prices of its key value items to match those of Lidl, Lebensmittel Zeitung writes. Nearly 50 core products have already had their prices lowered to nearly match those of the German discounter, which only entered the US market in June this year.
Topics: Schwarz Group Walmart

Bon Preu Commits to Catalonia

Catalonian retailer Bon Preu will invest EUR200mn over the next two years with the opening of 27 stores and the refurbishment of its existing store network. The retailer is also building a new headquarters in the region.
Topics: Bonpreu

Bünting: We’re Back On Track

Bünting has completed restructuring and staff reductions, Chairman Markus Buntz told Lebensmittel Zeitung in an interview. He said the organisation has now become faster and more efficient.
Topics: Bünting

Amazon to Increase Cooperation Between Fresh, Prime Now and Whole Foods

Amazon has said that it expects to increase the co-operation online and offline between its Whole Foods, Amazon Fresh and Prime Now operations. In the third quarter the company exceeded its own and analysts' expectations with a 34% jump in revenue (29% excluding Whole Foods).
Topics: Amazon

Ica Gruppen Offers Halloween Vegetables for Kids

The Swedish grocery leader, Ica Gruppen has created a monster themed range of fruit and vegetables for Halloween. The 12 SKU range contains such items as troll noses (potatoes) and zombie brains (cauliflower) and will be available for three weeks.
Topics: ICA Gruppen Schwarz Group

Amazon Delivers Direct into Shoppers' Homes

Amazon is introducing a new system that gives customers the ability to remotely grant access to their homes for online deliveries. Using Amazon Key, Amazon couriers will gain access to open the front door and place packages securely inside the shopper’s home.
Topics: Amazon

E Leclerc Favours Click & Collect over Drives in Poland

Jean-Philippe Magré, Managing Director of E. Leclerc does not foresee the development of Drives in Poland but believes instead that a traditional Click & Collect service has a much better chance.
Topics: E. Leclerc

Tegut Tests Shelf Replenishment Software

Migros-owned supermarket operator Tegut is piloting new software to avoid out-of-stocks in collaboration with FMCG company Nestlé and IT vendor POS Tuning, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports. The software will be tested in three stores until February 2018.
Topics: Migros

Aldi Introduces Dedicated Bio Assortment

Aldi Nord in Poland has introduced a specially dedicated bio assortment in its fruit & vegetable departments. Having increased this fresh category to more than 110 items, the German discounter has now further expanded the concept with more than ten organic products.
Topics: Aldi

Amazon Invests in Artificial Intelligence Research in Germany

Amazon has announced that it is investing EUR1.25mn to finance a new Amazon research centre in Tübingen focused on artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the customer experience.
Topics: Amazon

Metro Posts Weak Real Performance in Preliminary FY Results

Metro AG has published its preliminary and unaudited figures for the financial year 2016/17. According to the reports, sales increased by 1.6% to EUR37.1 billion.
Topics: Metro Group

X5 Takes Market Lead in Food Safety

Russian X5 Retail Group is testing an innovative food safety system in cooperation with dairy producer 'Galaktika' in the St.Petersburg area. The scheme allows shoppers to determine the authenticity of dairy products sold in one of the retailer's selling points.
Topics: X5 Retail Group

Ica Gruppen Buys Lithuania’s Second Grocer

Swedish Ica Gruppen has received the green light from the Lithuanian Competition Authorities to buy the country’s second largest grocer, Palink. Under the conditions of the deal, Ica Gruppen must divest of 17 stores in the country.
Topics: ICA Gruppen Palink

dm Finally Crosses the EUR10bn Mark

At its full year results press conference, dm announced that it reached its goal of exceeding EUR10bn in sales. In FY 2016/17, the drugstore operator recorded sales of EUR10.3bn (up 5.7%), with Germany contributing EUR7.9bn (up 4.8%) to the company’s total.
Topics: dm

Real to Roll Out Online Grocery Delivery

After an initial test in Düsseldorf, Metro’s hypermarket banner has extended its grocery delivery service to ten German cities including Berlin, Hannover, Dortmund, Cologne and Nuremberg.
Topics: Metro Group

Auchan Unveils France's Largest Collection Locker Area

Auchan has opened a new grocery click and collect area in Saint-Etienne (Central France) composed of 250 temperature-controlled collection lockers. The retailer claims it is the largest of its kind in France.
Topics: Auchan

S Group Seeks Estonian Leadership Through Supermarkets

Finnish retailer S Group aims to become the Estonian grocery market leader in the long term, reports Kaubandus, the Estonian trade magazine. By 2022, the retailer plans to add 12 supermarkets to its current eight Prisma hypermarkets in the country.
Topics: S Group

Discounter Battles in Poland

Discounters in Poland are increasingly evolving their formats towards the supermarket model. However, not all of the key players – Biedronka, Lidl, Aldi Nord and Netto – will be able to keep up with shifting consumer preferences.
Topics: Schwarz Group Jerónimo Martins Aldi Dansk Supermarked

Globus’ Growth Driver Remains Russia

German Globus Group, a regional operator of hypermarkets and DIY stores in Germany, the Czech Republic and Russia, saw solid growth in the past financial year mainly due to the positive development of its Russian and DIY operations.
Topics: Globus

Ocado Introduces Autoreplenishment

UK pureplayer Ocado has introduced a new feature that allows shoppers to schedule automatic additions of regularly purchased items to their online shopping baskets on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or two monthly basis.
Topics: Ocado

X5 puts up Perekrestok Express for sale

X5 Retail Group will sell all of its Moscow-based convenience stores under the Perekrestok Express banner. Following the announcement of double-digit like-for-like revenue losses for the second year in a row, the retailer has decided to divest its fourth banner, which currently accounts for less than 1% of group turnover.
Topics: X5 Retail Group

Rewe Group Increases Investments For 2018

Rewe Group wants to accelerate its efforts to modernise its store network and logistics; and at the same time invest in digitisation and employee training. Therefore, the Cologne-based retailer intends to increase its investments to more than EUR2bn in 2018.
Topics: Rewe Group

European Commission Investigates Dual Food Quality

The European Commission has found more evidence on the alleged practice of dual food quality in Europe. The number of Central European states admonishing lower food quality for branded items in their countries has risen to six, including the Visegrad group, Croatia and Bulgaria.
Topics: Schwarz Group Jerónimo Martins Aldi

Manufacturers Distance Themselves From Catalonia

A number of major manufacturers within the Spanish landscape have relocated their registered offices to Madrid or neighbouring regions. The moves are being faciliated by an emergency decree from the Spanish government.

Kaufland Puts Online Shop Roll-Out on the Back Burner

The Hamburg launch of the service is to be postponed for an indefinite period, Heilbronner Stimme reports. Instead, the company is now working on the efficiency of its existing home delivery service in Berlin.
Topics: Schwarz Group

Amazon Fresh Adds Selection from Booths

UK family-owned upscale grocer Booths, located in the North of England, has become the latest retailer to partner with Amazon Fresh to distribute hundreds of its grocery products to online shoppers in London and the South East.
Topics: Amazon

Magnit Bargains for Holidey Klassik

Russian number two grocery retailer Magnit may acquire one of the largest multi-format retailers in Siberia, Holidey Klassik. The latter operates almost 500 stores across several formats in the region, with annual gross revenues for 2016 at more than EUR1bn.
Topics: Magnit Holidey Klassik

Nisa Board Recommends Members Accept Co-op Offer

The board of UK Wholesaler and convenience retailer Nisa has unanimously recommended that its members accept The Co-op’s takeover offer, worth an estimated GBP 137.5mn (EUR 168mn).
Topics: Nisa The Co-operative

Eurospin Launches Organic Private Label

Italian discount leader Eurospin has launched an organic private label line named ‘Amo Essere Biologico’ (I love being organic), the website Italiafruit writes. There are 18 different products featured on its dedicated site.
Topics: Eurospin

Migros Le Shop Undergoing Changes

Le Shop, the grocery online shop of Swiss market leader Migros, is said to be facing changes. A major alteration that is being considered is a renaming of the e-commerce subsidiary, with a name that is more reminiscent of the parent company.
Topics: Edeka Migros Coop (CH)

Albert Heijn Opens Asian Cuisine Pop-Up Store

Albert Heijn has opened a pop-up store in Antwerp that focuses on Asian cuisine. Shoppers can try seven different Asian dishes and buy the ingredients needed to prepare them.
Topics: Ahold Delhaize

Grocery E-Commerce Courier Acquisition in Spain

Grocery courier platform Lola Market has acquired its competitor Comprea, strengthening its position in Spain's Tier1 cities, namely Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. "We are the absolute leader in the sector" the founder of Lola Market said.

Kaufland Gets Ready to Enter Australia

Lidl’s sister banner Kaufland has bought property in Australia. The 36,000 sq m store site is located in Adelaide and had previously been vacant for around two years.
Topics: Schwarz Group

Agrokor Auditors Reveal Massive Losses

Croatian Agrokor Group, the largest retailer in the Balkans, yesterday disclosed its revised financial report for the years 2015 and 2016. The findings reveal massive losses as well as an inflated capital value of its major subsidiaries, with the flagship banner Konzum responsible for the lion's share.
Topics: Agrokor

Globus Considers Opening Smaller Stores in Russia

German hypermarket operator Globus is considering opening smaller stores in Russia, Kommersant reports. The retailer currently operates stores of 10,000 to 12,000 square metres in the market. The sales area of the new stores will be reduced to 5,000 square metres.
Topics: Globus

Coop (CH)‘s Transgourmet Acquires Wholesale Specialist Global Foods

Transgourmet’s Central & Eastern Europe division has acquired the Russian wholesaler Global Foods. Transgourmet already worked with the acquired company. Global Foods delivers predominantly to HoReCa clients and had a turnover of RUB2bn (EUR27mn) in 2016.
Topics: Coop (CH)

Tesco Strengthens its Turnaround

Tesco resumed its dividend for the first time since its 2014-15 accounting scandal, as it recorded its seventh consecutive quarter of revenue growth and also increased profit and margins.
Topics: Tesco

Edeka and Rewe Group Think Big

Two of Germany’s leading grocers have provided an update on their current expansion plans. Edeka said it is investing EUR1.9bn this year in its German infrastructure; while Rewe Group reiterated that it is ploughing EUR1.7bn into its bricks-and-mortar network in Europe.
Topics: Edeka Rewe Group

Reitangruppen Sees Potential for Convenience in Denmark

Norwegian Reitangruppen aims to open around 55 new 7-Eleven convenience stores in Denmark, the Danish newspaper Berlingske Business writes. Through this plan, the chain hopes to reach its maximal potential of 250 stores in the country within the next five years.
Topics: Reitangruppen

Lidl Faces Severe Allegations

Lidl in France has come under serious attack for its working conditions. A TV documentary has reproached the Schwarz Group-owned discounter for poor treatment of employees; inappropriate behaviour of management; and work overload, among other accusations.
Topics: Schwarz Group