Europe news & analysis

26 September 2013
Retail Detail reports that Sligro-backed Superdirect.com is set to open its first Pick Up Point in the Netherlands, a development set to help support online growth in the market. Point to open in Eindhoven Superdirect has said that the Pick Up Point is fully automated and so can be open 24 hours a day. A further benefit comes from the fact that as there are no staff at the site, it does not r...
26 September 2013
In separate developments Louis Delhaize has introduced a new private label product in France, while it prepares to launch Drive in Romania. Cora Harmony private label launched in France The retailer has extended the reach of the Cora Harmony private label into France for the first time, having sold it in Belgium previously. The range covers a number of health products and includes chicken nat...
26 September 2013
Leading health and beauty retailer A S Watson partners with eGain to create a stronger omnichannel experience for shoppers in Belgium and the Netherlands. Creating more digital touchpoints for shoppers A S Watson will work with Gain, a cloud-based customer engagement solutions company, to deliver its omnichannel customer service initiative in Kruidvat stores in Belgium, and both Kruidvat a...
26 September 2013
Scotmid has announced a dip in sales of 0.6% for the 26 weeks to 27 July 2013. Weather impacts trading The prolonged period of bad weather at the start of the year, coupled with a challenging trading environment has impacted sales and led to a decline of 6.2% in operating profit before exceptional items. New formats to create opportunities  The retailer is trialling a discount store,...
25 September 2013
Casino has revealed a new private label brand covering products for children, and in separate news is said to be negotiating the acquisition of a number of Le Mutant hard discount stores in France. New brand for children: 'Les Doodingues' The brand, called ' Les Doodingues ', was launched in early September and is available in Géant Casino, Hyper Casino, supermarchés Casino and Petit C...
25 September 2013
The US-based online inventors' community Quirky has posted a video on YouTube, officially launching its partnership with Auchan in France. Encouraging consumers to become inventors The agreement was signed between Quirky and Auchan in December 2012. Auchan has already begun importing Quirky products, designed to provide solutions for small everyday problems, that have proved useful in the...
25 September 2013
As part of the ongoing celebrations of its 50th anniversary, Carrefour is offering an 'exceptional month of promotions', including discounts of 70% linked to purchases made using its loyalty card. Complements other promotions for 'Le mois 50 ans Carrefour 2013' Customers can obtain the 70% savings between 24 September and 1 October. This will be followed by other promotions in subsequent we...
24 September 2013
France-based Auchan, in separate developments, is said to be looking at new opportunities to invest in Tunisia and through the introduction of a car share service for its Drive in Nantes, western France. Expanding shoppers’ Drive options The car share service, which enables shoppers to link their orders to another customer’s order when buying online, provides a new way for the retailer to exp...
24 September 2013
In a raft of announcements, Spain-based Eroski has said that it is looking to reinforce its saving credentials, sustain its investment in local produce and grow the number of stores operated by franchisees. Test begins on price promotion for loyalty card holders… Eroski said that it in its stores in Logroño and Vitoria it would enable loyalty cardholders the chance to enjoy savings of up to 1...
24 September 2013
Substantial new capacity With 80,000 sq ft of picking space, the purpose built site will be double the size of Waitrose's existing dotcom store in Acton, which opened in October 2011. The more spacious Coulsdon facility will allow 50% more items to be picked per hour and 50% more van drops to be made per week. Building on Acton experience The new DFC will adopt a similar layout to Acton ...