Featured insights and store visits from Central and Eastern Europe

We look at how the discount channel has evolved in Europe since the Great Recession and what operators’ different areas of focus are. Over the last 12 years, discounters invested billions in their stores and private label products whilst maintaining the value proposition and even launching ecommerce. We also highlight some considerations for your business when trading with discounters in a post-COVID-19 world.

In this report, we explore key pure play retailers in Europe and the opportunities for suppliers.

In February 2020 we were invited to visit Frisco’s new customer fulfilment centre. It was opened in May 2019 to accommodate the retailer’s growing number of shoppers and orders. In this report we illustrate the operation of the fulfilment centre and show how suppliers can help it to build better process around delivery and the processing of goods.

With retailing across Europe evolving at a fast pace, stay up-to-date with our quarterly insight presentation looking at the latest economic data, retailer results and trends.

We summarise activity from retailers in Central and Eastern Europe as they respond with urgency and empathy to the evolving Coronavirus pandemic.

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Schwarz Group reported a net sales increase of 8.6% to €113.3 bn for its financial year 2019/20. Lidl posted one of its strongest growths in the recent years with net sales up by 9.5% while Kaufland sales grew by 4.5%.

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Carrefour reported Q2 results as like-for-like (LFL) sales increased by 6.3%. The strong results were driven by the good performance and omnichannel strategy in most markets including Spain, Belgium and Brazil. Q2: atypical activity due to COVID-19, convenience +19.0% LFL The multi format and omnichannel model confirmed its resilience and adaptation to the various shopper needs during the d...
Another market entry for the hard discounter Mere, part of Svetofor owned by Russian retail group Torgservis. The new store opened in the city of Czestochowa in Poland on July 25. Fourth European market entry Svetofor currently operates more than 1,500 stores across Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and China. In Europe it opened its first stores under the banner Mere in Romania in 2018, then ent...
As Auchan partners with Glovo for four European markets and extends the reach of its click and collect services in Poland, we round up news from the retailer. Auchan signs partnership with Glovo Auchan, after a trial with the delivery company in Portugal and Ukraine, has said it is set to formalise its partnership with Glovo in the two countries and extend it to Poland, and Spain. The trial...

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24/07/2020
Carrefour Poland is investing in its offer by using technology to explore new formats, and by introducing concepts tried and tested in other markets. In 2019, the retailer opened its first unstaffed store, Carrefour Express, and launched its first organic-only store in Poland, under the Carrefour Bio banner. We visited both stores to observe the potential added value they give the Polish market.
23/07/2020
Exploring how retailers and manufacturers globally are continuing to commit to and invest in sustainability initiatives. Furthermore, we investigate whether there has been an acceleration or pulled back from their sustainability initiatives during and as a result of the pandemic.
20/07/2020
We look at the strategy of the variety discounter to deliver value thanks to its efficient operating model. This report also provides an overview of the latest development, the impact of COVID-19 and highlights some considerations for your business when trading with the discounter.
16/07/2020
Take&Go is an unstaffed store concept set up as a test site for innovative retail solutions by its parent, Poznan-based technology company, Surge Cloud. Two stores were opened by the company in 2019, with plans to develop the 2.0 concept in 2020.
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