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French Système U Flirts with Amazon

Alongside the release of full year results for France's fourth largest grocer, Système U's CEO Serge Papin confirmed that the retailer is still in talks to collaborate with Amazon on groceries in France. This would include supplying groceries to Amazon Prime Now.
Topics: Amazon Système U

Croatian Tommy Poised to Take Over Agrokor's Konzum

Croatian regional retailer Tommy may become a minority owner of Agrokor’s Konzum chain, the country’s leading grocer. As news portal Slobodna Dalmacija reveals, a Croatian supplier consortium intends to take over Konzum in cooperation with Tommy as a strategic partner.
Topics: Agrokor Bingo Voli Tommy

Lidl Goes Urban in Italy

Lidl has inaugurated an upgrade to its Italian store concept. A new outlet in Via Pietro Giordani in Milan represents an architecturally elaborate, metropolitan store concept as it is located in a formerly abandoned enterprise zone.
Topics: Schwarz Group Aldi

Covirán Focuses on International Expansion

Spanish minimarket operator Covirán has highlighted its key priorities for the next years. These range from new market entries, to accelerated expansion in Portugal and digital transformation.
Topics: Covirán

Amazon to Open Six More Amazon Go Stores

Amazon is reportedly set to open up to six more Amazon Go stores this year. Recode cites insider sources who claim that the new ‘just walk out’ convenience stores are set to appear in cities including Seattle and Los Angeles in the coming months.
Topics: Amazon

Eurocash Develops Duży Ben Liquor Stores

Eurocash Group, the largest Polish wholesale operator, has given the green light to roll out its Duży Ben (‘Big Ben’) liquor store pilot concept on a national level. The banner, to date comprising 12 wholly-owned outlets in and around the city of Poznań in Western Poland, will be further developed through franchises.
Topics: Eurocash

Alnatura to Launch Smaller Format

German organic food retailer Alnatura will reportedly launch a smaller format in a train station in mid-April.
Topics: Alnatura

Lidl Pulls Plug on Streaming Service

Schwarz Group’s discount banner Lidl is to end its German entertainment streaming service Lidl You by the end of March.
Topics: Schwarz Group

Conad Launches National Grocery E-commerce Solution

Conad’s largest co-operative Pac 2000A has founded a company aimed at supporting Conad merchants to sell groceries online, Italian magazine GDO Week writes. The company called Eurecart was formed through a partnership with IT specialist Intema.
Topics: Conad

Dia Lays the Foundation for 2018

Spanish retailer Dia posted disappointing results in 2017 in its European markets (Spain and Portugal) with revenues down 3.3% to EUR6.59bn. The retailer assures that the performances lay the foundation for good traction in 2018.
Topics: Dia

Asda Revenues Edge Up in Q4

Asda has revealed that like-for-like sales edged up by 0.5% in the fourth quarter as it enjoyed a surprise Christmas boost. This marks its third consecutive quarter of growth, albeit at a slower rate than in the previous two quarters.
Topics: Walmart

Magnit CEO Galitskiy Steps Down

Magnit, the second-largest Russian grocery retailer, has announced the resignation of its long-time CEO, founder and minority-owner Sergey Galitskiy. Following the halving of the company's market capitalisation within the last few months, state-controlled VTB bank has bought a minority share of 29.1% in the company from Galitskiy.
Topics: Magnit

Lidl Launches New E-Commerce Hub

Lidl is establishing an IT centre of excellence in Romania. As part of its Lidl Digital arm, the hub in Bucharest is to provide e-commerce and management solutions for the digital platforms of the Schwarz Group-owned discount banner in around 30 countries.
Topics: Schwarz Group

dm Partners with Organic Association Demeter

German drugstore leader dm has announced a partnership with Demeter, the largest certification organisation for biodynamic agriculture. The organic association already has an organic label which it only uses for its own products. It has now developed a seal which can be used on retailers’ private label products.
Topics: dm Aldi Migros

Aldi Nord and Süd Consider Closer Cooperation

Sister companies Aldi Süd and Aldi Nord are reportedly considering a closer cooperation in buying and other operational areas. A legal joining of the sourcing departments could result from the harmonisation and synchronisation of all “assortments and processes”.
Topics: Schwarz Group Aldi

Groupe Casino Acquires Fashion Pureplayer

French retailer Groupe Casino has entered an exclusive negotiation to acquire French online shoe & fashion accessories retailer Sarenza. The latter has a presence in 30 European countries and recorded a turnover of around EUR250mn in 2017.
Topics: Amazon Casino

Aldi Süd Enters Italy with Customised Concept

Germany-based Aldi Süd has now detailed its market entry in Italy and is to open its first ten stores on 1 March in the northern parts of the country. These are then to be followed by at least another 35 before the end of 2018.
Topics: Aldi

Agecore Puts Nestlé Under Pressure

In an attempt to achieve better buying conditions, buying group Agecore reportedly considers delisting 160 items from Nestlé. Agecore is said to promises an increased amount of more effective campaigns across Europe in exchange for improved conditions.
Topics: Edeka Eroski Les Mousquetaires Intermarché Conad Colruyt Group Coop (CH)

Carrefour Poland Attempts to Move Beyond Price

In a price-sensitive market dominated by discounters, Carrefour has introduced key differentiators alongside pricing and its fresh produce expertise. These can be found across its different formats, from hypermarkets to minimarkets.
Topics: Carrefour

Amazon Invests in Europe

Amazon has announced a number of continued investment initiatives set to drive growth across its European markets in France, Italy and Spain this year.
Topics: Amazon

Schwarz Group Vows to Use Less Plastic

Schwarz Group has set itself a target for reducing the use of plastics in product and transport packaging. Discounter Lidl wants to reduce plastic consumption by 20% by 2025 and make all plastic packaging of its own brands 100% recyclable.
Topics: Schwarz Group

X5 Opens Dark Stores

X5 Retail Group plans to open two dark stores in Moscow and St.Petersburg by the end of 2018 in support of its Perekrestok online grocery operations.
Topics: X5 Retail Group

Leader Price Set to Land in Italy

Leader Price discount stores will open in Italy in Q2 2018, as the result of an agreement between Italian retailer Crai and French retailer Groupe Casino. The first stores will open in the northern part of the country. The network will be run independently from the rest of Crai's operations.
Topics: Casino Crai

E.Leclerc to Open 200 Organic Stores in France

French retailer E.Leclerc announced that it intends to open 200 organic stores in France. In order to achieve this target, it has established a dedicated organisation and purchasing office for these organic stores.
Topics: E. Leclerc

Poundland Secures Investment Funding

With buoyant Christmas sales and plans to reportedly enter the CEE with its Dealz subsidiary, Poundland is moving forward independently of its troubled parent Steinhoff by securing GBP180mn (EUR205.32mn) in investment funding.
Topics: Poundland

Netto (Edeka) Increases Promotional Efforts

Edeka’s discount store chain Netto is currently boosting its promotional levels, LZ Retailytics has detected. Currently, the German value player provides coupon stickers in its leaflets. Shoppers can place these on products that they would like to get a discount on, from five to 20%.
Topics: Edeka

Tesco Mulls Discount Concept

Tesco is reportedly working on “secret plans” to launch a discount grocery chain to rival Aldi and Lidl. According to The Times the retailer has signed non-disclosure agreements with suppliers and is working to develop a lower priced limited-range assortment for its potential stores.
Topics: Tesco

Kaufland Poland Rolls Out New Concept

Since the middle of 2017 Kaufland has been rolling out its 'Facelift' refurbishing programme across its Central European operations. LZ Retailytics visited a newly remodelled store in Northern Poland to gain an impression of the new concept and assess its competitiveness in the current market environment.
Topics: Schwarz Group

Growth Ahead for Spanish Regional Players

LZ Retailytics anticipates the sales growth of Spanish regional players to outperform the market over the next few years. Future growth is expected to be fuelled by venturing into new Spanish regions and expansion through franchise.

Ica Gruppen's Year Overshadowed by Axfood's

Swedish grocery leader Ica Gruppen delivered convincing sales growth across all its grocery formats in 2017. Still, its competitor Axfood beat the grocery leader both when it comes to sales growth rates and like-for-likes.
Topics: ICA Gruppen Axfood

Edeka Delivers into Shopper Homes

Edeka’s grocery e-commerce operation Bringmeister has started to deliver goods directly to shoppers’ fridges. The German market leader is working in partnership with household service Cary in Berlin, which uses smart locks to gain access.
Topics: Edeka

Lidl Germany Gets a New Boss

Marin Dokozic, hitherto head of Lidl in Germany, has left the business. The Schwarz Group-owned discounter has confirmed that Matthias Oppitz has assumed operational responsibility for Lidl in its home market with immediate effect.
Topics: Schwarz Group Aldi

Intertorg Targets 100 New Stores in 2018

Intertorg, the Spar franchisee for Russia's North-West and Central federal districts, plans to increase its store count by more than 100 outlets in 2018. At the same time the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) is reviewing market shares, possibly imposing expansion bans for federal retailers in these areas.
Topics: Intertorg

Aldi Süd Makes U-Turn in Bakery

Aldi Süd is replacing the untempting automated baking ovens in all its German stores with self-service counters and manual baking. With the "Meine Backwelt" concept, Aldi Süd has decided to pursue a process that all its discount competitors rely on.
Topics: Aldi

Waitrose to End Personalised Loyalty Scheme

Waitrose is to close its personalised ‘Pick Your Own Offers’ loyalty programme at the end of this month, reports The Guardian. The ground-breaking scheme was deemed "too confusing" for shoppers and will be replaced with personalised offers and coupons.
Topics: John Lewis Partnership

LZ Retailytics Visits Bergendahls’ New City Gross Concept

LZ Retailytics was invited by Sweden’s fourth largest grocer Bergendahls to see its new compact City Gross hypermarket concept. Central to the new concept is providing a convenient and pleasant shopping experience centred around food.
Topics: Bergendahls

Amazon Sees Sales Soar in Europe

Amazon has reported strong performances across its two largest international markets in Germany and the UK. In local currency, sales soared by 17.4% and 24.9% respectively. This includes the gain of 7 UK stores as part of its Whole Foods acquisition in August.
Topics: Amazon

Feneberg to Join Edeka as Co-Operative

German Feneberg is said to have agreed to a new co-operative contract with Germany’s largest grocer Edeka, Lebensmittel Zeitung reports.The new contract would provide Feneberg with all rights and duties of an Edeka independent shopkeeper.
Topics: Edeka Feneberg

LZ Retailytics Visits New Netto Sweden Concept

LZ Retailytics was invited to see Dansk Supermarked’s new Netto soft discount concept in Sweden. We met up with Netto International Concept Director Jeff Salter and Store Manager Senad Zuta at a recently converted store in Kållered, outside Gothenburg.
Topics: Dansk Supermarked

Aldi to Strengthen Its Organic Own Brand

German discounter Aldi is expanding its assortment of organic private label products. Throughout 2018, the Nord and Süd divisions will add more than 60 new organic items to their assortment to strengthen Aldi’s leadership for organic products.
Topics: Aldi

E.Leclerc to Launch Home Delivery in Paris

French retailer E.Leclerc will launch a grocery home delivery service in Paris in late Spring 2018. The retailer is convinced it can undercut competitors prices by 15-20% in what it considers the most expensive city in France.
Topics: E. Leclerc