Featured insights and store visits from Europe

Albert Heijn's new concept supermarket launched in March 2020 during a local lockdown. Explore how it adapted for success amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and how ranging, private label and digitalisation will set it apart in the future.

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

We look at how the discount channel has evolved in Europe since the Great Recession and what operators’ different areas of focus are. 

The report includes examples of new innovation from retailers such as Sainsbury's, Musgrave, S-Group, FamilyMart, Ahold Delhaize and Loblaw.

We talk to the winners of the IGD Store of the Year award 2019 to understand how the store has advanced, how it is adapting in the face of COVID-19 and plans for the future

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Jerónimo Martins revealed a mixed Q2 performance with an overall decrease in sales. Biedronka displayed a strong sales performance whereas, Ara’s expansion plans were impacted from the pandemic’s mandatory restrictions in Colombia.  

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France-based Casino reported consolidated net sales up by 10.4% (same-store basis) in Q2 driven by strong demand across France and Latin America due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the group saw a net loss of €87 m during the first half of the year, mainly due to increased costs.   France: same store sales growth +6.0% driven by convenience and supermarkets Total net sales decreased by 5...
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%. The group maintained its expansion pace with 400 store openings, similar to 2018/19, reaching 12,500 stores in 33 countries. Lidl: sales growth accelerates The discounter ...
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...

Presentations

27/07/2020
Albert Heijn's new concept supermarket launched in March 2020 during a local lockdown. Explore how it adapted for success amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and how ranging, private label and digitalisation will set it apart in the future.
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.
24/07/2020
An overview of A.S. Watson's European drugstores, growth drivers and supplier opportunities.
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.
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