Europe news & analysis

17 August 2020
Mercadona announced it intends to continue its expansion plans, after slowing the pace of new store openings due to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the retailer reveals new projects in Spain and Portugal to reinforce local buying and its expansion plans, with it giving specific details about its plans for the latter country and how it will invest in Madrid. Store openings in Portugal M...
13 August 2020
Over the summer, Coop Sverige has invested in digitalising its business. We round up five of its innovations, including its first unstaffed store, as well as two developments from its Test Lab, the Cooper digital assistant and an Augmented Reality (AR) game. The retailer is also trialling mobile self-scanning and will add sustainability declarations on all foods. 1. Two new unstaffed stores to...
13 August 2020
Sandwich chain Pret A Manger has confirmed that it has asked thousands of staff to work fewer hours as part of a post-pandemic restructuring. By reducing hours across the board Pret hopes to save a large number of jobs amongst its 8,000 UK employees. Store and customer profile impact recovery Although the majority of Pret’s UK stores are now open, many of the office staff and commuters who ...
11 August 2020
Spain-based DIA has revealed a €50m investment to construct a logistic warehouse to serve 500 stores across three communities. Furthermore, the retailer’s online sales increased to 100,000 deliveries per week. Meanwhile, DIA and Amazon reinforced their alliance by extending its La Plaza de DIA products to Amazon Prime’s customers in Seville. DIA invested €50m in logistics warehouse DIA is l...
10 August 2020
The loyalty app Lidl Plus is now available in the UK and Germany. What is the Lidl Plus app? The app is Lidl’s digital loyalty and rewards programme and offers the following features: Coupons to be redeemed at checkout. Offers include money off on first purchase and 15-50% off on selected private label products Digital receipt and tracking Stores locator with opening hours We...
07 August 2020
At the end of July, Aldi Süd launched a global request for startups specialized in computer vision and sensor-based products monitoring technologies. This could contribute to the fast track of Aldi Sud’s technological evolution and enable it to catch up with competitors, especially Amazon. Looking for startups ready to test their solutions Like other recent projects launched by the di...
06 August 2020
The world's largest international health and beauty retailer, A.S. Watson, has posted its results for the first half ending 30 June 2020. COVID-19 severely impacts H1 revenue A.S. Watson's retail division is split into five subdivisions, Healthy & Beauty Western Europe, Eastern Europe, China, Asia and Other Retail Total retail revenue fell -11% to HKD73.6bn (US$9.5bn) In local curr...
06 August 2020
Amazon has announced plans to launch in Sweden, the Nordic region’s largest grocery market. Here we consider which FMCG categories it usually prioritises and report on the online performance of leading Swedish grocery retailers. First launch in a Nordic country Launching in Sweden will see Amazon’s entry into the Nordics. Customers in Sweden can already shop on Amazon through other European...
03 August 2020
We look at the latest developments and news from Lidl in the US, Italy and other European countries. US: Chairman Roman Heini exits Lidl US Chairman Roman Heini took the decision to leave the company to “pursue other professional interests and spend more time with his family” as reported by website Supermarket News. Before joining Lidl US in October 2018, Heini worked for 18 years at Aldi, ...
31 July 2020
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.   Sales performance Jerónimo Martins’ consolidated sales decreased by 1.3% to €4.6bn with like-for-like (LFL) performance of -0.7%, in Q2 2020. Group EBITDA decr...