Europe news & analysis

07 June 2021
Lidl has become the first retailer to test the Eco-Score in the Netherlands and Germany. The Eco-Score measures the environmental impact of food products and while it is still at an early stage it could have a direct impact on future product development for retailers and suppliers. What is the Eco-Score? The Eco-Score is a five-level product label, classifying products from A (low) to E (hi...
04 June 2021
French retailer Group Casino and Amazon have announced the launch of a new click and collect service in France. Initially available in Annecy and Clermont-Ferrand The new click and collect service will be rolled out initially in Annecy and Clearmont-Ferrand, before expanding into a dozen Casino stores by the end of summer. Amazon prime members will be able to order from a selection of mo...
03 June 2021
We round-up the highlights from the third and final day of the NACS Convenience Summit Europe. The NACS panel shared their views on unmanned retail and provided a virtual tour of best-in-class stores from around the world. Day 1: Quick commerce and e-mobility Day 2: Food trends and sustainability Success factors for unmanned retail Professor Sabine Benoit, Professor f...
02 June 2021
We round-up the highlights from the NACS Convenience Summit Europe day 2. Reitan Convenience CEO Jesper Oestergaard and Wawa Senior Director Fresh Food and Beverage Experience Mary-Rose Hannum share their thoughts on food trends. Food offer and foodservice increasingly coming together CEO Reitan Convenience Jesper Oestergaard shared: Many businesses are investing in foodservice in Den...
01 June 2021
This year, the NACS Convenience Summit Europe is being held virtually across three days. We round-up the highlights from day 1, covering global strategic issues, quick commerce and e-mobility by NACS President & CEO Henry Armour, Maxol CEO Brian Donalds, Shell EVP Retail Istvan Kapitany and others. What keeps the convenience retail industry up at night The results from the NACS Global Issue...
27 May 2021
Video-sharing social media platform, TikTok is working with brands in Europe to test an in-app shopping feature. Expanding into the world of ecommerce As reported by Bloomberg, TikTok is looking to join other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, to offer users an in-built shoppable experience. It is aiming to work with multiple brands in Europe to offer products for users...
26 May 2021
As Auchan looks to expand its global strategy into more markets, we round up news from Poland and Romania as it launches new initiatives in both countries. Auchan to start selling second-hand products in Poland… Auchan is trialling the selling of second-hand branded products at five stores in Poland. The areas, which are branded ‘New Life by Auchan’, are aimed at helping the retailer and sh...
24 May 2021
The pandemic has caused food-to-go operators and customers to turn to technology for safe and convenient ways to order. With lockdowns causing an overall decrease in food-to-go missions and  working from home continuing in the future , operators have had to develop their digital strategies to tempt customers back to food-to-go.  Digital sales have seen huge growth in the past year – in 2020, 20...
24 May 2021
As it announces its exit from Russia, we review developments from the retailer as it looks to invest in its operations in its remaining markets. Rewe to sell Billa Russia to Lenta… Following on from its exit from the Ukraine , Rewe has announced it is to sell its Billa supermarket operations in Russia to Lenta for €215m in cash. Billa operated 161 supermarkets with a total selling area o...
20 May 2021
Underlining international interest in the Spanish market, Daniel Kretinsky, a Czech billionaire, has acquired a 50% share of Supratuc 2000, which includes Eroski operations in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, while Coop Switzerland has purchased GM foods. Meanwhile, Caprabo has renewed its logo and Barcelona-based Sorli has set out its 2020 growth. Daniel Kretinsky acquires 50% of Supratuc ...