Europe news & analysis

23 July 2013
ODIDO, which trades under the Metro franchise scheme, has just opened its 2,000th store in Poland after launching just two years ago. Fast growing retail franchise Having only officially launched two years ago, ODIDO is considered to be one of the fastest growing retail franchise networks in Poland and has become a popular brand in the country. Stores have a modern design and offer a rang...
23 July 2013
German drugstore giant drogerie-markt has ended its deal with Amazon selling own label items through Amazon’s German website. Expectations not met The trial began in 2011, with dm offering approximately 1,700 products to customers through Amazon’s German website in a special area called dm-shop. Amazon had responsibility for handling logistics and pricing and acting as the vendor. ...
23 July 2013
Premium Italian food retailer Eataly is considering a partnership with French department store Galeries Lafayette to enter France, according to a report in Les Echos. Other international moves in the pipeline? According to Les Echos, "discussions are underway" between Eataly and Galeries Lafayette. This is not the only international move rumoured to be on the cards - a report earlier in J...
23 July 2013
As Tesco prepares to open its first in-store Giraffe restaurant, rollout plans for next 12 months are announced as part of the retailer's broader push to develop revenue streams beyond its core businesses. Watford first of ten planned in-store restaurants Tesco's first in-store Giraffe restaurant is set to open at Tesco Extra Watford as part of a major redevelopment of the store which will o...
23 July 2013
Walgreens’ latest flagship store in San Francisco demonstrates the increased focus which is being placed on developing a locally relevant offer in its stores, particularly as it incorporates a broader food offer. Meeting the everyday needs of its shoppers San Francisco is the location for Walgreens’ most recent store opening as part of its plan to have flagship stores in a number of key cit...
22 July 2013
Tesco has launched a major new marketing campaign design to communicate its increased focus on fresh produce, quality and provenance. A new approach for fresh The ads strike a personal tone, with staff from across Tesco's stores talking about their favourite foods and produce they grow in their gardens and allotments. Some of Tesco's suppliers also make appearances in the ads to communica...
22 July 2013
Aldi and Lidl continue to be the success story of 2013 in Ireland, as challenging market conditions and an ever improving offer send shoppers through discounters' doors in droves, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 07 July.   12 weeks to 08 July 2012 (% share) 12 weeks to 07 July 2013 (% share) Sales growth (Y-o-Y %) Tesco ...
22 July 2013
Asda is anticipating 75% of its shoppers to engage in multichannel shopping this Christmas, compared with 57% over the Christmas period in 2012 and 29% in 2011. Multichannel offer will be critical With so many of its customers shopping across bricks and clicks over the festive period, Asda believes that getting its multichannel offer right will be vital to its seasonal success, repor...
22 July 2013
In separate developments, Netherlands-based Albert Heijn has that it has made steps forward in relation to extending the reach of its Pick Up solution and through the broadening of its fresh offer. Franchisee opens Pick Up Point The retailer said that one of its franchisees, in the town of Panningen, had added a Pick Up Point at his store, which is open between 7.00 and 23.00, and lockers ne...
22 July 2013
Netherlands-based Sligro, part of the Superunie buying group, has said that during the first half of its financial year, ending June 2013, that total sales rose by 1.5% to €1.23 billion, driven by its shopper-focused chain EMTÉ. EMTÉ driving growth Sligro said that total sales growth for the first six months had been driven by the performance at its EMTÉ supermarket chain, where like-for-li...