Europe news & analysis

05 March 2013
Mercadona has announced its intention to enter the Basque Country, opening its first store in late 2014 or early 2015. Strategic plan involves commitment to 25 stores Mercadona has submitted a strategic plan which will see it invest more than €50m, over the next six years, to open 25 stores in the autonomous community and create 1,000 jobs.  Mercadona will also commit to purchase at leas...
04 March 2013
Following a successful trial in Northern Ireland, Tesco is to roll out a voucher-at-till price matching initiative across the UK next Monday as part of a major push to strengthen its value credentials, according to press reports. Comparison with major rivals An extension of the retailer's existing online Price Promise scheme, the new scheme will instantly compare prices to those offered by A...
04 March 2013
Poundland is building a new distribution centre in Harlow to support its rapid expansion. Investing in supply chain The new 350,000 sq ft distribution centre, costing £40m, will operate as  Poundland's main distribution centre for the south east of the UK and has the capacity to serve up to 200 stores. The new centre is planned to be fully operational by 2014. Rapid expansion Poun...
04 March 2013
Discount retailer Poundworld, has revealed that its Discount Wholesale operation has seen a massive rise in sales since going online. Impressive sales growth Since last year, the Discount Wholesale business has seen an uplift of 400%, following the launch of the website (www.discountwholesale.co.uk) in May 2012. The website offers over 2,000 products, targeting independent retailers, cove...
04 March 2013
Nisa Retail has announced a £100 million refinancing package to help continue its growth strategy and further develop its offer for members. Extending activities throughout the UK Nisa members trade approximately 3,750 stores throughout the UK , with Nisa Retail's turnover growing 50% over the last 5 years to £1.5 billion. The funding made available by Barclays will be used to extend Nisa's...
04 March 2013
Waitrose has announced that it intends to add 400 lines to its entry level essential Waitrose range in 2013. Enhancing choice for value conscious shoppers The move will see the entry level range that was launched in March 2009 expanded to 2,200 lines, with new products introduced to both existing categories and to new areas of non-food. In total 700 lines will be new or improved in 2013. Val...
04 March 2013
Asda is set to launch its smallest store yet, a pop-up store on wheels, that is essentially a mobile PoS display and checkout. Asda Anywhere The Asda Anywhere stores were unveiled with the recent Asda results and are set to be trialled later this year. According to Andrew George, Asda CMO, the new stores will allow Asda to sell "a range of Asda products anywhere, from central London t...
01 March 2013
Speaking to Netherlands-based newspaper De Volkskrant, Ahold’s chief executive, Dick Boer, has said that the company is looking to ‘strongly expand’ the number of Pick Up Points it operates. Expansion in Netherlands… Boer said that the company was investigating opportunities for an expansion in the number of Pick Up Points in the Netherlands , driven by the positive results it had seen in ...
01 March 2013
Edeka's Netto Marken-Discount stores are revising their ranges and offers in health & beauty and homecare categories, starting on 2 March 2013. High customer demand for ranges Under the strapline "mehr Drogerie für Sie" (more drugstore for you), Netto Marken-Discount will expand its ranges, both in private label and branded items, as it seeks to offer customers a one-stop shop.  The pr...
28 February 2013
Morrisons is launching a children's clothing range, called Nutmeg, next month. A significant new range for Morrisons The childrenswear range, comprising 500 items, will go into 100 stores starting in March, and marks a step forward for Morrisons and a move into new territory. Clearly, childrens clothing ranges have been very successful for many of Morrisons competitors, meeting an important ...