Europe news & analysis

26 March 2013
As the quarter draws to a close, we summarise the key changes to senior management teams of the major players. Asda: McKenna move triggers major reshuffle The year began with the announcement that Judith McKenna was to vacate her position as COO to take up a new role as executive vice president, strategy and international development at Walmart International. Her promotion resulted ...
25 March 2013
Waitrose has announced the appointment of Tony Rivenell to the new role of head of omnichannel delivery. He will join the grocer in June. Developing cross channel strategy Commenting on his appointment, Robin Phillips, Waitrose ecommerce director said “I'm delighted that Tony will be joining the Waitrose ecommerce team as head of omnichannel delivery. Tony will be responsible for leading t...
25 March 2013
Ukrainian retailer Velika Kishenya has revised its store opening target for 2013; it now aims to open 15-30 stores rather than the 30-40 previously stated. Aim to increase sales by 10-15% compared to 2012 The group reported net sales of $605m in 2012 and is aiming to increase this to nearly $700m in 2013. Several formats set to expand Kiev will be the focus for the group’s expansion....
25 March 2013
Speaking to the locally-based newspaper Vedomosti, a member of Rewe’s International Board, Janusz Kulik, said that the retailer was aiming to open 15 new stores in Russia in 2013. Russia is a priority market for Rewe Kulik went on to say that the retailer would continue to invest in Russia as it ‘is one of the priority markets for the group and provides good growth’. In 2012 Rewe spent €1...
25 March 2013
Louis Delhaize-owned Cora has announced that it will be introducing the Drive format at one of its hypermarkets in Romania. Introduction to see first ‘Drive’ added in country The company said that when the Drive opens at its hypermarket in the Lujerului area of Bucharest, it will be the first in Romania . Cora’s Director of Food Purchasing, Aura Radulescu, said that Cora would open furth...
25 March 2013
Auchan has been given the go-ahead by local competition authorities to acquire Metro's Real operation in Ukraine, according to press reports.  Cleared by antimonopoly committee Ukraine's antimonopoly committee has reportedly given Auchan and its real estate arm permission to acquire a share of more than 50% in the local business, which includes stores and real estate. Integration will b...
22 March 2013
Casino's non-food website, CDiscount, has launched its grocery offer. Time-limited promotions introduce urgency The grocery section of the site offers a wide range of brands at low prices.  There are currently over 100 promotions available on-site, and CDiscount aims to introduce a sense of urgency with the use of a 'ticker' which counts down the seconds until the promotion ends.  Free del...
22 March 2013
Carrefour has opened its first store dedicated entirely to organic products, at 29 boulevard Diderot, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Range includes brands and own label The 170 sq m test store stocks a specially tailored offer of more than 2,000 private label and branded organic products, in fresh produce and ambient grocery.  Open from 08:00 - 21:00, and on Sunday mornings, its ai...
22 March 2013
Speaking at IGD's Health & Beauty conference yesterday Ruth Spencer, Director of Loyalty and Multichannel for Boots, announced the launch of 'Give it a go Friday', a new in-store initiative, which breaks today. New Spring campaign to inspire shoppers The 'Give it a go Friday' initiative will take place in 30 of Boots' largest stores. The new in-store initiative is as a result of Boots' own...
22 March 2013
Rewe Group has acquired a 51% stake in Wasgau AG, operator of supermarkets, hypermarkets and cash & carries in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, Germany. 'Many parallels' between Rewe and Wasgau Rewe CEO Alain Caparros said Wasgau had a strong local and regional position in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, and a wide range of expertise in the areas of freshness and regionality.  The aim ...