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Poundland Adds Clothing to Dealz Stores in Ireland

Poundland’s Dealz subsidiary in Ireland has begun adding Pep & Co clothing outlets to its larger outlets, leveraging its Steinhoff ownership and moving further away from its single price point strategy.
Topics: Poundland

dm Opens First Italian Store

Today, dm has opened its first Italian store following its market exit in 2005. It is located in the city of Milan. The German drugstore operator plans to open around 100 stores in northern and central Italy by 2020.
Topics: dm

Managing Director Changes at Auchan France

Exactly two years after his appointment to lead the retailer's French operations, Patrick Espasa is now handing the reins to his successor Ali Khosrovi, as Espasa moves to oversee Auchan Retail's partnerships globally.
Topics: Auchan

UK Wholesaler P&H Goes into Administration

UK Wholesaler Palmer & Harvey McLane Limited (P&H) has gone into administration, following the collapse of talks over a rescue takeover by investment group Carlyle. The breakdown of talks and insufficient cash to trade beyond the short term has left the company’s directors with no further options.

Ocado's Technology Lands in France

British grocery e-commerce pure player Ocado is to provide French retailer Groupe Casino with access to its latest-generation automated warehouse as well as its front-end website functionalities, last-mile routing management, big data and real-time implementation.
Topics: Casino Ocado

Lenta Focuses on Private Labels

Russian Lenta wants to strengthen its market position by expanding its food private labels. The retailer will focus on the standard and premium private label segments to increase customer loyalty. As a result, the company targets a revenue share of 18-20%, up from currently 12-14%.
Topics: Lenta Axfood Kesko Schwarz Group

S Group to Double Stores in Russia

The Finnish grocery market leader S Group, plans to open up to 20 new Prisma stores in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region by 2022. Currently, the retailer is searching for optimal locations for supermarkets and convenience stores in the region.
Topics: S Group

Edeka Works on Cheaper Fruit & Veg Offer

Edeka is increasing its efforts to combat the leading German discounters in fresh produce. According to Lebensmittel Zeitung, this week the German market leader is starting to roll out its Gut & Günstig economy label in a category that has lost sales to the discounters.
Topics: Edeka Aldi

Albert Heijn Pushes XL Concept

Albert Heijn plans to (re)open three superstores under its AH XL banner by the end of the year. The refurbishment of two stores in Alkmaar and Tilburg will be finalised and a brand new outlet is to open in Zaandam.
Topics: Ahold Delhaize

Tesco Closes More Supermarkets in Poland

Tesco is set to close more stores in Poland. CEO of Tesco Poland, Martin Beháň, cited the negative sales trend of affected shops and an intensifying competitive environment as the principal reason behind the move.
Topics: Tesco

Kaufland Romania Puts Domestic Pork in the Spotlight

Kaufland has launched a programme to promote local pork in Romania. It established a ‘Romanian Shelf’ to highlight domestic pork and the section will offer purely this kind of meat.
Topics: Schwarz Group

Amazon Enters Australia

Amazon has entered Australia, with the launch of a full-range retail and marketplace offering on amazon.com.au. Although the official launch for the new site is set to coincide with Black Friday tomorrow, a number of customers have reportedly gained access to the site one day early.
Topics: Amazon

Aldi Ventures into French City Centres

Breaking-free from its suburban habitat, Aldi Nord is to open stores in major French city centres. The retailer has reportedly already opened a 1,400 sq m store in Nice (Southern France), as well as its first retail outlet in the French capital city, Paris.
Topics: Aldi

ATB Targets 1,000 Stores by 2018

Ukrainian market leader ATB has disclosed plans to expand its network of discount-oriented supermarkets to 1,000 outlets by the end of 2018. The retailer plans to extend its footprint in the Western parts of the country, in Kiev and in the Odessa region, where to date it only operates a smaller number of shops.
Topics: ATB Fozzy Group

Migros Invests in Start-up for Refrigerated Lockers

Swiss Migros has invested in the German start-up company Emmasbox, which offers cooled boxes for click & collect of food ordered online, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports. The company offers refrigerated lockers as white label solutions to customers from retail and logistics.
Topics: Migros

Billa Gets New Head

Elke Wilgmann has been appointed as a new member of the management board of Billa, Rewe Group’s supermarket division in Austria, effective February 2018. Wilgmann will be responsible for Marketing, Internal Communications, Digital & Innovations and Analytics & CRM.
Topics: Rewe Group

Aldi Nord Extends CEO Contract

Aldi Nord has extended its contract with Dr Marc Heußinger as the group’s CEO. The discount retailer has confirmed that Heußinger, who became head of the privately-owned company in 2011, will remain in situ for at least another five years.
Topics: Aldi

Alibaba Invests in Auchan's Chinese JV

Chinese online giant Alibaba Group will invest some HKD22.4bn (EUR 2.6bn) to take a major stake in Sun Art Retail Group Limited, Auchan's joint venture in China. Both retail giants announced the move that "brings together their online and offline expertise to explore new retail opportunities in China’s food retail sector".
Topics: Auchan

Spar to Double Store Count in Albania

Spar in Albania plans to double its store network by the end of 2017. After the initial store base was converted from more than a dozen Carrefour shops to Spar’s banners in 2016, this year’s additions were supported by the opening of individual franchisees’ as well as fully-owned stores.
Topics: Spar Albania

Kesko Launches Health & Beauty Banner

Kesko has now unveiled plans for its new health & beauty joint venture with Finnish Oriola-KD. The first stores of the new chain called Hehku (meaning Glow) are to be launched in January next year.
Topics: Kesko

Spar Poland Reaches One Billion Złotych Revenue

Spar Poland has already reached its 2017 revenue targets and will exceed the billion Złotych threshold by the end of the year. Within the next four years Spar aims to increase its store count from 252 stores currently to 400.

Whole Foods Market Gives Deeper Discounts to Amazon Prime Members

Amazon has announced that it is reducing the prices on best-selling grocery items and holiday staples at its stores ahead of Thanksgiving – and Amazon Prime members will receive even deeper discounts than regular customers.

Jumbo Opens Second City store

Today, the Dutch retailer Jumbo has opened a second outlet under its new store format banner Jumbo City, at the train station in Eindhoven, in the south of the Netherlands. The 133 sq m store focuses on food-to-go and particularly promotes healthy food.
Topics: Jumbo

Magnit Rolls Out Pharmacy Concept

Magnit will roll out its new pharmacy concept under the 'Magnit Apteka' banner. After running a three-store trial in July this year the retailer now aims to push the store count of its new format to 50 within the next two months.
Topics: Magnit

Tesco Receives Competition Authority Approval for Booker Merger

Tesco has received clearance from UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for its proposed GBP3.7bn (EUR4.52bn) takeover of UK wholesaler Booker. This means that the two businesses can complete their merger in early 2018, as planned.
Topics: Tesco Booker

Co-op Takeover of Nisa Gets Go-Ahead

Members of UK convenience chain Nisa have voted in favour of a takeover by The Co-operative Group. Nisa’s board recommended the deal last month and now 75.79% of shareholder votes are in favour of the deal, which means the takeover will now be passed to competition authorities for approval.
Topics: Nisa The Co-operative

Aldi Süd to Pep up Private Labels

Aldi Süd is about to strategically reposition its 90 different private labels in its homeland and most important market, Germany, Lebensmittel Zeitung has learned. The discounter has appointed Scholz & Friends as its new marketing agency with a mandate to renew its own brand architecture.
Topics: Aldi

Polish Investment Fund Buys CBA Slovakia

The Polish investment fund Enterprise Investors (EI) has acquired the Slovakian banners of Hungarian retail cooperative CBA. The company operates more than 300 stores under the CBA Potraviny (Food), CBA Cent and CBA Diskont banners in rural areas of the country.
Topics: CBA

Ica Gruppen Impresses with Big-Boxes and E-Commerce

The Swedish grocery leader Ica Gruppen has disclosed in its Q3 report that its grocery e-commerce sales increased by 49% during the first nine months of this year. Sales of prepacked grocery bags were up 21% while the bulk grocery selection increased by 59%.
Topics: ICA Gruppen

Dutch Jumbo Prepares to Enter Belgium

The Dutch number two is reportedly planning to enter its second market, Belgium, Retail Detail revealed confirming rumours circulating in the market. According to the Belgian newspaper, the retailer has appointed real estate experts to find suitable locations in Belgium.
Topics: Jumbo

Ahold Delhaize to Work on Price Positioning

Ahold Delhaize intends to improve Delhaize Belgium’s pricing strategy. CEO Dick Boer told local newspaper De Tijd that Delhaize was indeed in good shape to compete with “other traditional chains” but that there were also several discounters in the market.
Topics: Ahold Delhaize

Iceland Hopes for 400 Larger Format Stores

Frozen Food retailer Iceland has set a target of 400 stores for its larger format banner, The Food Warehouse. The retailer currently has 52 stores trading under the banner and is looking to add 30 stores per year going forward.
Topics: Iceland

M&S to Slow Simply Food Openings

Marks and Spencer has announced that it will slow the roll out of its successful ‘Simply Food’ convenience grocery minimarket banner from 90 to 80 stores this financial year.
Topics: Marks & Spencer

Maxima in Negotiations to Buy Emperia

The Lithuanian grocery retailer Maxima is in negotiations to buy the Polish company Emperia Holding, owner of the Stokrotka grocery chain, Polish investor platform Parkiet reports. Emperia Holding has confirmed to Parkiet that it has been negotiating with the Baltic market leader.
Topics: Maxima

Real Gives Details on Revamp Plans

Metro’s Real has officially announced the first initiatives of its extensive concept revamp. As a part of this, the company has launched a new slogan “Wir sind real” (‘We are real’) as well as a new corporate design, logo and TV spot.
Topics: Metro Group

Amazon to Close Two UK Whole Foods Stores

Amazon has announced that it plans to close two of its nine Whole Foods stores in the UK. Both are large stores, located outside London.
Topics: Amazon

Aldi Bolsters Stores as Lidl Scraps Grocery E-Commerce

Aldi Süd has earmarked EUR3.5bn in what it calls “the biggest investment programme in the company’s history” to flow into its German store network by 2019. Meanwhile, competitor Lidl has discontinued its German grocery e-commerce concept, focusing on non-food instead.
Topics: Schwarz Group Aldi

Amazon Fresh Prepares for Munich Launch

Amazon has given the green light for expansion of its Amazon Fresh full range grocery delivery service in Germany, with a rollout of the service to Munich. It is expected that this could go live as soon as this month, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports.
Topics: Amazon

UK and France Dominate European Grocery E-Commerce

LZ Retailytics data shows significant disparities in terms of grocery e-commerce penetration across Europe, with two markets clearly leading the way, namely the UK and France.

Coop (CH) Launches Italy-focused Store Format

The Swiss number two has opened a new store format this week which focuses on Italian products. It is located at the train station in Aarau, in the North of Switzerland. The 200-square-metre-store, called ‘Sapori d’Italia’, offers around 850 products from Italy, as well as fresh products.
Topics: Coop (CH)

Asda Appoints New CEO

Walmart has announced that Roger Burnley, currently Chief Operations Officer, will take over as President and CEO of Asda UK, from 1 January 2018. Asda has also appointed Jesús Lorente as its Chief Merchandising Officer.
Topics: Walmart

'Kruidvat in de Stad‘ Opens in Belgium

AS Watson-owned drugstore chain Kruidvat has opened a new ‘Kruidvat in de Stad’ city concept store in Antwerp, gondola.be reports. The concept was initially launched in the Netherlands and this store represents the first Belgian location.
Topics: AS Watson

Coop Danmark Tests Unmanned Store

Coop Danmark is to start testing an unmanned store concept early next year, writes Danish Magazine, Berlingske Business. The Danish grocery leader then plans to carry out a pilot in a Dagli'brugsen neighbourhood store in Sengeløse, a small town west of Copenhagen.
Topics: Coop Danmark (DK)

Lidl Upsets on Social Media

Lidl has sparked a backlash on social media for offering children’s pyjamas that are considered to convey traditional role models. The incident comes shortly after users accused the discounter of denying the cultural heritage of Europe by removing church spire crosses from photos.
Topics: Schwarz Group