Europe news & analysis

04 March 2021
Amazon has launched a grocery store format in the UK operating under the Amazon Fresh banner. The 2,500 sq ft store is located in Ealing, London. Amazon Fresh is the first convenience grocery store to offer Amazon’s Just Walk Out Technology, used in its US ‘Go’ format, outside of the US. Amazon plans to rollout the concept by opening additional stores in the Greater London area. Amazon has ...
04 March 2021
Operations have started at Ocado’s new mini-Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) in Bristol, with capacity for over 30,000 orders per week. Boosting capacity The new CFC is a quarter of the size of Ocado’s Erith CFC at 150,000 sq ft. It has the capacity for more than 30,000 orders per week. Ocado said the Bristol CFC will open up more capacity for new and existing customers across the country. ...
04 March 2021
As Auchan looks to roll out further Pedestrian Drives in France, joins the Euromadi buying alliance in Portugal and announces plans to eliminate 55m plastic food trays used for meat and seafood products, we round up news from the retailer. Auchan discusses outlook for Pedestrian Drives in France In an interview in ZDNet, Auchan banner director for its Drives in France, Pascal Damien, looked...
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 ...
01 March 2021
France-based Casino saw consolidated net sales rise 8% at constant exchange rates, to €31.9 bn, in its 2020 financial year. However, they fell by 7.9% after considering exchange rate effects and hyperinflation and the falling price of fuel. The retailer’s full year results rose by 9% and by 8% in organic and same-store terms respectively. France: +3.0% in same-store sales Casino reported to...
01 March 2021
Condis plans to open its warehouse to improve its online store, Condisline, while Aldi has announced expansion plans for 2021, expecting to double the number of stores it added in 2020. Meanwhile, Mercadona continues to embed its sustainability strategy and Uvesco has revealed its 2020 full year results and set out its 2021 strategy. Condis boost its online platform Condis has opened a 5,00...
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...
25 February 2021
In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Rewe’s chief executive, Lionel Souque, said the company’s turnover reached the €75 bn mark for the first time. Rewe’s turnover in 2019 was €62.7 bn. Souque said much of the increase in its turnover was due to the takeover of Lekkerland. Lekkerland boosts turnover in 2020… According to Souque, the acquisition of Lekkerland in 2019 boosted ...
21 February 2021
We look at how suppliers are evolving their approach and increasing their investments in a different set of capabilities as they look to build on the momentum of 2020. Competing against tough comparables from 2020 Over 20 global CPG companies participated in the annual CAGNY (Consumer Analyst Group of New York) event this year, sharing updates to their commercial frameworks, investment plan...
21 February 2021
From our global view of grocery retail we can clearly see the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the development of food-to-go in small stores. Once a hero category, reduced mobility and stay at home guidance have had a dramatic impact on category sales. In the UK we estimate this loss to be worth c£0.8bn in 2020 vs 2019 (–29%) . However, after an uncertain few months in Q2 2020 w...