Europe news & analysis

29 May 2020
B&M has released an unscheduled trading update for the 13 weeks ending 28th March (Q4) and the first eight weeks of the 2020/21 financial year to 23rd May 2020. The retailer saw strong like-for-like sales growth across this period, according to Retail Gazette. Performance driven by grocery, gardening and DIY +6.6% B&M UK like-for-like sales in Q4 +22.7% B&M UK like-for-like sales in t...
28 May 2020
We look at the discounter’s latest private labels developments in Europe, from premium pet food to the growth of regional labels. New range of premium and quality pet food products During summer 2020, Lidl Finland will expand its assortment of Orlando and Coshida pet food products. It will add a new line of premium products to align with shoppers’ growing expectations of choice and quality....
27 May 2020
Italy-based Esselunga has announced plans to expand its La Esse proximity format. Separately, it has introduced strategies to support suppliers and shoppers affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   Expanding La Esse stores Esselunga revealed it intends to expand its La Esse banner after launching the first proximity store in November 2019. The retailer plans to open its La Esse ba...
27 May 2020
In this article we round up the latest initiatives seen in the discount and variety discount channel, to address the challenges created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Aldi launches traffic light system to control customer flow Aldi is implementing a new automated traffic light system at entrances to stores, to control the flow of customers. The retailer will be rolling out the syst...
27 May 2020
Lidl Switzerland partners with Empa, a Swiss research institute for applied materials sciences and technology, to develop a system that produces a fossil-free fuel from renewable electricity. Committed to deliver goods without use of fossils Lidl Switzerland has pledged to deliver goods to all its stores without the use of fossil fuels by 2030. As part of “Goodbye Diesel” project, the retai...
26 May 2020
Action is testing a new click and collect service in France. This is the first market where the Dutch discounter has launched an ecommerce solution. Limited click and collet service The click and collect service began being tested at the Metz Centre and Essey les Nancy stores (East of France) on the 22 May. The entire assortment from the online website is available to order. The payment is ...
22 May 2020
Considering a potential recessionary environment in many countries in the medium term and economic uncertainty in the short term, the different Aldi operations are reinforcing their communication and marketing campaigns to reaffirm their low-price positions and strategies. We look at the latest initiatives being implemented by the retailer in Germany, the US and Australia. Aldi Nord and Ald...
22 May 2020
A partnership between technology company, Zippin, Visa, Russian bank, Sberbank, and retailer Azbuka Vkusa has led to the launch of the country’s first checkout free store-in-store. The concept, named Zippin Cube, is similar to the just walk-out concept of Amazon Go in the US, but with a significantly smaller sales area. It was set up in an Azbuka Vkusa store in Moscow. The Zippin Cube ...
21 May 2020
As the food retail sector gravitates to a more normalised trading environment, we look at the issues which are top of mind for CPG suppliers. Key workstreams Over the last few weeks, several global suppliers have provided trading updates outlining their performance through the initial phase of the pandemic and their current areas of focus. While these are not all being worked on by every co...
21 May 2020
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, convenience operators are implementing measures to ensure everyone has access to the food and consumer goods products they need. We will continue to update this article as the latest initiatives are announced. Latest from UK Co-op is rapidly accelerating its online expansion to more than double the number of stores planned. Find out mor...