Drugstores, pharmacies and speciality food stores have become European grocers’ fastest growing channels while their non-food formats are struggling. But what are the drivers of this trend and will more grocers turn to new channels?
Ahold Delhaize has seen strong sales growth in the grocer’s Dutch home market and its Central and South-Eastern European markets. But for the entire group, preliminary pro forma net sales climbed just 0.6% in financial 2017.
Ahold Delhaize’s supermarket operation Mega Image has recently begun piloting online grocery in Romania. In the coming year store expansion is also expected to step up, with 50 to 60 new Mega Image supermarkets and more Shop & Go convenience stores planned.
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.
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.
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.
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