Central & Eastern Europe news & analysis

01 March 2021
Retailer alliance EMD has announced it will, from now, require its private label suppliers to adhere to its sourcing code of conduct. EMD committed to Responsibility and Sustainable Sourcing EMD said its sourcing code of conduct sets out 12 sustainability criteria, which are based on the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative of the Consumer Goods Forum. EMD noted that private label suppliers ...
26 February 2021
Earlier this year, we outlined five global trends that will shape the convenience channel this year and beyond. Below are some case studies to show how convenience retail and technology are connecting further. Edeka opens automated store in Germany Edeka has opened a 24/7 automated convenience store at Renningens train station. ‘E 24/7 Karow & Sommer’ stocks 300 SKUs items and will gra...
18 February 2021
Announcing its full year results, Carrefour has reported like-for-like sales growth of 7.8%, as sales, including VAT, reached €78.6 bn. The retailer also saw an improvement in its recurring operating margin, which increased to 3.1%, from 2.9%, with its recurring operating income rising by 16.4% to €2.1 bn. France: Carrefour enjoys strongest growth in almost 20 years In its home market Carre...
18 February 2021
Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize reported net sales growth of 18.0%, to €19.6 bn (US$23.8 bn) in its fourth quarter. Group comparable sales rose 11.0%, excluding gasoline. Underlining the positive result of recent investment in its online operations, Ahold Delhaize reported net consumer online sales grew by 84.2% in the fourth quarter, aided by growth of 128.5% in the US alone. US: comparable ...
11 February 2021
Russia’s second largest grocery retailer, Magnit, has been investing strongly in the development of its physical formats as it looks to attract more shoppers. It is now investing online, a channel it has been reluctant to enter, with it only launching online in 2020. However, as it looks to drive growth Magnit is investing in several formats and online services to help it meet a wider range of sh...
01 February 2021
Amazon has launched its Fresh grocery delivery service in Italy, initially available in Milan. The retailer also announced it is planning to launch an online store in Poland. Amazon Fresh launches in Milan Customers in Milan now have access to more than 10,000 products from categories including meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, pasta, organic, eggs, home care, and local artisanal products. ...
29 January 2021
Germany’s competition authority, The Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt), has approved Kaufland’s acquisition of some Real stores in Q4 2020. By taking over these stores Kaufland is improving its purchasing position in the country. Acquisition of 92 Real hypermarkets approved Kaufland’s acquisition will see it acquire 92 of the 101 Real hypermarkets it applied for originally, although ...
28 January 2021
As Auchan sets out its plans for 2021 in Russia and embeds its multichannel strategy in Poland and Romania, we round up five developments from the retailer across central and Eastern Europe. Auchan to focus on modernisation in Russia According to reports in Finmarket, Auchan is not planning to open any stores in Russia in 2021. Instead, the retailer will focus on its current projects of mod...
27 January 2021
X5 has reported an improved performance in 2020, versus 2019, with it generating revenue of RUB1,975 bn (US$26.31 bn). The retailer saw total sales grew 14.3% year-on-year, while like-for-likes rose by 5.5%. Both rates improved on the previous year when the stood at 13.3% and 4% respectively. Although more than 81% of the growth was derived from the Pyaterochka banner, X5’ new businesses contr...
25 January 2021
This month, Lidl opened its first distribution centre in Latvia, in Riga. When the first stores will open later this year it will mark the 30 th market entry for the discounter globally. This means Lidl will be one country away from operating across all EU countries. Disruption ahead for Latvia and Estonia grocery retailers We expect Lidl to launch in Latvia with a network of 10 to 15 stor...