Central & Eastern Europe news & analysis

30 November 2020
One of Poland’s leading convenience grocery retailers, Zabka, has opened its first store, which is 100% powered by green energy. The store was launched in November 2020 as part of the retailer’s investment in developing its next generation of convenience stores. The store was created through partnerships with 15 technology companies. The store is self-powered and uses technology to support and...
30 November 2020
In an interview in Het Parool, an Amsterdam-based newspaper, Ahold Delhaize’s chief executive for Europe and Indonesia, Wouter Kolk, discussed the retailer’s performance during the COVID-19 pandemic and short term outlook. COVID-19 changed shopping patterns quickly Kolk noted the positive effect on sales, brought about by higher demand driven by COVID-19, but also stressed this was not univ...
30 November 2020
As Auchan looks to gain market share and offset the challenges being faced by its hypermarkets in Poland, the retailer has signed an agreement with BP to add stores on its petrol forecourts, and has extended the reach of its arrangement with Glovo. Auchan and BP to collaborate for Easy Auchan banner… Auchan and BP have established a strategic partnership in Poland that will see Auchan open ...
30 November 2020
Schwarz Group, Lidl and Kaufland parent’s company, is set to launch smart cloud solutions in early 2021. Lidl is reorganizing its IT and digital divisions to focus on the digital transformation of its stores, while the recent acquisition of the real.de marketplace will accelerate Kaufland’s omnichannel transformation. Smart cloud solutions made in Europe Schwarz Group will launch clou...
20 November 2020
SPAR South Africa has published full year results for the year ending September 2020, saying turnover rose 13.5% to ZAR124.3 bn (US$8.1 bn). The company’s operating profit increased by 15.6% to ZAR3.4 bn (US$220.6m), with its profitability ‘ positively impacted by a change in sales mix as increased home consumption drove higher-margin grocery and fresh categories ’. ‘ A year in crisis ’ SPA...
12 November 2020
As Auchan rolls out shop-in-shops at its hypermarkets in France and looks to grow share in Poland, we round up news from the retailer. Auchan opens Decathlon shop-in-shop in hypermarket in France… Following the addition of a small part of Decathlon’s range in five hypermarkets, Auchan has added a Decathlon shop-in-shop in its hypermarket in Saint-Jean de la Ruelle, as it looks to repurp...
09 November 2020
As part of its Q3 results announcement , Ahold Delhaize set out how it was aiming to solidify its position as an industry-leading local omnichannel retailer in 2021 and beyond. We look at the three strategies it is putting in place and the initiatives it has implemented as it looks to build towards this future now. 1. Step-up online capacity, supply chain and technological capabilities A...
09 November 2020
X5 has discussed the progress of its strategic priorities at its Capital Markets Day on 27 October 2020. We highlight our five key takeaways from the presentations and review the initiatives that define and will drive those priorities between 2020 and 2023. 1. X5 aiming to be present at every stage of the shopper journey X5 is building a retail ecosystem that will engage its customers at...
05 November 2020
Ahold Delhaize reported net sales, at constant currencies, rose 10.1% to €17.8 bn during its third quarter. The retailer’s growth was broad based, with comparative sales, excluding petrol, rising by 12.4% in US and by 7.5% in Europe. Despite the boost to sales from the pandemic, the results did show a sequential slowdown on previous quarters, underlining how markets were stabilising as the qua...
02 November 2020
X5 announced the launch of its new discount banner Chizhik in its Capital Markets Day event in October 2020. The industry perceives this as a reaction to the fast-growing presence of hard discount retailer, Svetofor. They also question whether the new banner will cannibalise the sales of its sister discount banner, Pyaterochka. New hard discount banner to compete for value shoppers X5 opene...