Europe news & analysis

17 July 2013
Ahold has announced plans to open a Pick Up Point at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, building on its growing expertise in meeting shoppers' digital shopping needs. Solution to help shoppers returning from holiday Albert Heijn said that people going on holiday can order before they go and pick up the goods as they return home. The solution will work like the retailer’s other Pick Up Points...
17 July 2013
Tesco is launching a new initiative to reinvigorate its fresh offer, supported by extensive in-store activity, and a major marketing campaign as it looks to drive performance in the UK business. Fresh is the key to reviving UK business As part of his three year plan to improve performance in the UK, Philip Clarke, Tesco CEO, has ramped up the retailer's focus on fresh, putting it at the hea...
16 July 2013
The latest market from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks to 7 July 2013 indicates that the UK grocery market grew at 3.7% in the period, accelerating from the Jubilee affected comparatives seen in the June figures when growth was 3.0%.  The Kantar measure of inflation over the 12 weeks stood at 3.9%, indicating that volume growth remains notably constrained. 12 weeks to ...
15 July 2013
Londis has announced it is to introduce new own brand value bays, offering top-selling SuperValu and Daily Basics products at rounded price points. Follows on from successful '£1 bays' The new bays will include up to 18 products from the Londis mid-tier and entry level own brand ranges, with products priced at either £1, £1.50 or £2. The introduction of these bays follows on from the succe...
15 July 2013
Aldi Nord has started to advertise the new branded listings that have appeared in its stores over the last few months. A break from traditional advertising Aldi Nord is drawing shopper attention to the recent branded additions to its range. In its weekly merchandising leaflets in France and Portugal, a double page spread is dedicated to “brands of choice”, including Coca-Cola and Mars. Thi...
15 July 2013
Sales at Swedish retailer Axfood totalled SEK 18.5bn (US $2.8bn) for the first half of the year, ending June 2013, up 2.8% compared to the previous year. Growth in the first half Sales for Q2 – April to June – grew 2.9% to SEK 9.6bn (US $1.4bn) with like-for-like sales increasing 1.3%. Axfood’s sales for the first half were SEK 18.5bn (US $2.8bn), which represents a 1.7% like-for-like sal...
15 July 2013
Valora and Lekkerland have established a 50-50 joint venture called Emere AG, to combine their purchasing activities. Will negotiate joint basic purchasing terms Emere AG will negotiate joint basic purchasing terms for a defined product range, from a defined list of suppliers in Switzerland. It will not be responsible for purchasing cigarettes or private label products for either Valora ...
15 July 2013
Waitrose has announced that it will launch an in-store restaurant concept following the success of its cafes. Family oriented dining The restaurant will be a relaxed family concept with items such as pizza, beef burgers and steaks offered, and will be waiter service. The menu will also provide an opportunity for Waitrose to showcase some of the products it sells in store and leveraging its re...
12 July 2013
Waitrose is trialling temperature controlled click & collect lockers at its head office as it looks to step up its online development. Staff trial The lockers are currently being trialled by staff at Waitrose head office in Bracknell, before finalising the rollout to stores next year. Shoppers who place an online order with Waitrose will be sent a text with a PIN for the lockers. The...
12 July 2013
The Russian cosmetics and household convenience chain, Ulybka Radugi, has announced it is piloting facial recognition technology at its checkouts. Facial recognition and detecting emotions The retailer said that cameras will be installed at checkouts that will recognise shoppers’ gender, age and emotions to determine their mood. Combining this recognition with purchase records, taken from ...