Central & Eastern Europe news & analysis

08 March 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 sustainability and health are rising up the agenda. Taiwan: increasing healthier options Well-known Taiwanese brand I-Mei is promoting new products at FamilyMart, emphasising local origin, quality and no preservatives added. While Famil...
08 March 2021
Auchan said in its 2020 financial year confirmed its ‘ successful turnaround ’ and the ‘ success of the Renaissance operational excellence programme as it reported its EBITDA rose 27% to €1.63 bn. However, the improvement in its profitability came despite Auchan Retail’s revenue falling 5.2% to €31.626 bn, although it remained stable, contracting by only 0.2%, in like-for-like terms. Flat rev...
08 March 2021
As Carrefour in Belgium and Poland enhances its online offer and makes a new appointment in Romania, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour Belgium to collaborate with Deliveroo… In Belgium, Carrefour is to work with Deliveroo to enable shoppers to get delivery of groceries to their homes in less than 30 minutes. The companies have said the service will be rolled out initially in Bru...
05 March 2021
Amazon has launched a full online store in the market, offering customers access to more than 100 million products. Products across 30 categories Amazon has operated in Poland since 2014, with nine logistics centres across the country. However, customers have previously had to order products via the retailer’s international websites, such as Germany, raising costs. On Amazon.pl, customer...
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. ...