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New Lidl Sweden Concept Highlights Swedish Food

Lidl in Sweden is well underway with the conversion of all of its 171 stores to a new concept and LZ Retailytics was invited to visit one of the 130 already converted stores – in Västra Frölunda, Gothenburg – to see the new concept for ourselves.
Topics: Schwarz Group

Aldi Premium Range on Fast Track in UK

Aldi UK is forecasting that its ‘Specially Selected’ premium own label range will reach GBP1bn (EUR1.22bn) in 2018. Recent additions to the range include a series of luxury ready meals and a Christmas hamper.
Topics: Aldi

The Nordics Lead Market Concentration

In the Nordic countries and Switzerland the two largest retailers record a combined market share of well above 55% in 2017, LZ Retailytics data shows, while the largest European economies oscillate between 32% and 38%.

Rewe Presses Ahead as Kaufland Struggles

Rewe and Kaufland are pressing ahead with the roll-out of their new store concepts. While Rewe Group is in a good position for the start of it next year, Schwarz Group’s superstore and big box concept Kaufland is reportedly struggling with temporary losses.
Topics: Edeka Schwarz Group Aldi Rewe Group Globus

Albert Heijn Launches Tap, Grab and Go in the Netherlands

Dutch market leader Albert Heijn has started its test of a checkout-less store, named ‘Tap to Go’. It works by shoppers tapping a card against the respective price tag on the shelf if they want to buy a product.
Topics: Ahold Delhaize

Colruyt Fights Hard to Defend Price Leadership

Colruyt remains the most affordable retail banner in Belgium, but pays for the price leadership with a decline in gross profit.
Topics: Colruyt Group

Finnish Grocery Stores Allowed to Sell Strong Beer

The Finnish parliament has decided that beverages with an alcohol content of up to 5.5% can be sold through retail stores, starting from next year. The state-owned monopolist Alko maintains its rights to sell anything stronger than this. The previous limit was 4.7%.
Topics: Alko

Spanish Supersol Resumes Expansion

Spanish supermarket chain Supersol is ending the year with its "highest number of openings of the past decade", according to Managing Director Arunas Zimnickas, speaking at the inauguration of its latest store in Madrid.

Only A Question of Time? Amazon Considers Operating Physical Stores in Germany

“The question is not ‘if’ but ‘when’”, this was the response from Ralf Kleber – Amazon Germany’s boss – when asked whether there are any plans to operate physical stores in its most important European market.
Topics: Amazon

Dutch Regulators Hamper Potential Market Entry for Kaufland

German big-box grocer Kaufland seems to be looking for locations in the Netherlands. Together with furniture store Poco, it approached the city of Denventer via Dutch developer Paul Evers.
Topics: Schwarz Group

AS Watson Recruits Partners For Digital Transformation

AS Watson has launched its first ever technology partnership programme, with the aim of building a network of experts to support the acceleration of its digital transformation.
Topics: AS Watson

Ica Gruppen to Open Darkstores

Swedish grocery leader Ica Gruppen is to open central e-commerce warehouses in the region of large Swedish cities, ICA Sverige CEO Anders Svensson disclosed. The first warehouse, to be opened in Stockholm, will be manual and operated directly by the retailer.
Topics: ICA Gruppen

Albert Heijn To Leave Germany

Ahold Delhaize is to leave the German market by the end of March 2018. The Dutch market leader had been present in the country since 2012 with its convenience store banner Albert Heijn to Go.
Topics: Ahold Delhaize

Coop Sverige Turns Hypermarkets into Fresh Food Destinations

Swedish grocer Coop Sverige is in the process of converting its entire hypermarket network, making the stores more compact and fresh food focussed. LZ Retailytics was invited to visit one of the stores and observed the retailer displaying its strengths and new-found consistency therein.
Topics: Coop Sverige (SE)

Uvesco Rolls Out Franchise Concept

Basque retailer Uvesco is expanding its presence thanks to franchising. The retailer today inaugurated its first franchised minimarket in Bilbao (northern Spain), just a few weeks after unveiling its first unit in the neighbouring region of Cantabria (northern Spain).
Topics: Uvesco

Kaufland Stops Grocery E-Commerce Venture in Germany

Kaufland is to discontinue its grocery e-commerce operation by 23 December. According to the management, it was not possible to provide it in an economically viable way.
Topics: Schwarz Group

Fozzy Group Expands with Discounting Supermarkets

Ukraine multi-format retailer Fozzy Group has revealed plans to focus its expansion efforts on its discounting supermarket banner ‘Thrash’. The company aims to add ten more stores nationwide by spring 2018 and will continue this pace of expansion throughout the rest of next year.
Topics: Fozzy Group Retail Group

Coop Sverige Introduces Voice Recognition for Shopping Lists

Coop Sverige has launched a new function to its mobile app that lets users compile a shopping list just by using voice commands. To use this, customers just need to open a new shopping list, press the microphone and start saying the items they would like to add and the amount.
Topics: Coop Sverige (SE)

Nisa Picks up Supply Deals Following P&H Collapse

UK convenience wholesaler and retailer Nisa has picked up some short-term supply deals with McColls and Costcutter following the news that delivered wholesaler P&H has gone into administration.
Topics: Costcutter Nisa The Co-operative

Aldi Süd Mulls Convenience Concept Launch

Aldi Süd is considering the creation of a small store format for city centre locations in Germany, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports quoting anonymous sources.
Topics: Aldi

Amazon Accelerates Private Label Development

Amazon is accelerating development of FMCG private label lines, with new product launches in recent weeks. Lebensmittel Zeitung has learned that there are up to 70 private label SKUs currently in the pipeline for Europe, available exclusively to Amazon Prime members.
Topics: Amazon

Rewe Group to Shut Down Temma banner

German Rewe Group has decided to discontinue its organic food banner Temma, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports. In January, seven of the nine stores will be closed. Christiane Speck, who built up the format at Rewe Group, will take over the remaining two stores, located in Cologne.
Topics: Rewe Group

Kam Market Enters Bulgaria

Macedonian market leader Kam Market is extending its hard-discount store network into Bulgaria. The ‘Macedonian Aldi’ opened its first ten stores in the capital of Sofia within one week
Topics: Schwarz Group KAM Market

Heads of Mestdagh Step Down

Brothers Eric and John Mestdagh, heading the eponymous retailer in Belgium, are disengaging from the operational management. They will be replaced during the summer of 2018 by Frenchman Guillaume Beuscart, formerly CEO of Lagardère Travel Retail in Benelux.
Topics: Carrefour

Holidey Launches New Hard Discount Chain in Siberia

Siberian multi-format retailer Holidey has launched a new hard discount concept under the ‘Boom’ (‘Бум’) brand. The first seven stores are already open in Novosibirsk and the surrounding regions. This recent addition is Holidey’s second discount banner following the launch of soft-discount network 'Holdi' several years ago.
Topics: Holidey Klassik

Carrefour Confirms Agreement with Fnac Darty

Carrefour and Fnac Darty confirmed today the signing of an agreement relating to a purchasing partnership for household domestic appliances and consumer electronics in France. This cooperation should be effective for the 2018 supplier negotiations.
Topics: Carrefour

Amazon Brings Treasure Truck to the UK

Amazon is generating retail theatre and excitement by bringing its Treasure Truck concept to Europe. London and Manchester will be the first cities to experience the spontaneous games, giveaways and deep discounts.
Topics: Amazon

Dia and Casino Widen Private Label Cooperation

French retailer Groupe Casino and its Spanish counterpart Dia Group have set up a new joint company, CD Supply Innovation. In detail, the new operation will manage the ordering and supply of private label products for both retailers, as well as logistics and payment services.
Topics: Casino Dia

Return of Purchasing Officer at Müller

Erwin Müller, CEO of drugstore operator Müller, has decided to rehire Carsten Weithe, the former purchasing officer responsible for buying the drugstore’s assortment, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports. It is also reported that Müller wants to change the strategy of the drugstore’s online shop.
Topics: Müller

Franprix Sells Waitrose Private Labels

A selection of own-branded goods from the UK upscale supermarket chain Waitrose has landed on the shelves of Groupe Casino's French supermarket banner Franprix. The agreement between the two retailers is to run for one year and could be widened.
Topics: Casino John Lewis Partnership

Aldi Launches Lottery Ticket Online Shop in Germany

Aldi Süd has started to sell lottery tickets via a newly launched website and a dedicated mobile app.
Topics: Aldi