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06 March 2013
Lidl Hungary has announced the launch of a new supplier programme as it looks to bolster its presence of Hungarian products. Supporting local suppliers Currently about 54% of SKUs in Lidl Hungary are sourced from Hungarian suppliers. As part of its new supplier programme, Lidl is looking to increase this to 60% by 2014. Eugene Grosz, chairman of the board for Lidl Hungary, said "Our g...
06 March 2013
Following the launch of Bestway's online ordering system last year, the company's Batley's division has now launched its own fully interactive transactional website; providing business customers with direct access to its range of 17,000 SKUs, and offering both delivery and collect fulfilment options. Free handheld scanners to drive usage The company is making available free key-fob product sc...
06 March 2013
We're pleased to announce the launch of our new mobile friendly news service, designed to make it easier to catch up with the latest retail news if you're using a smartphone or tablet. Here's what we've developed: Mobile friendly email newsletter - sent every Friday, the new design is easier to use on smaller screens, if you like to read your emails on the go News webs...
06 March 2013
Tesco has launched its new Clubcard TV to its 16 million Clubcard holders as it looks to strengthen its position in the digital entertainment market. Free TV and movie service Clubcard TV, which is being developed by the team running Tesco's Blinkbox service, will offer films and TV shows for free to all Clubcard customers. The content will be geared towards families and children. The s...
06 March 2013
Jerónimo Martins has confirmed that, despite a slowing in the pace of sales growth in Poland, it is aiming to expand its Biedronka chain in the market in 2013. Number of stores opened to accelerate in 2013 In 2012 the company added 263 new stores in Poland , but stated that it was looking to add at least 290 in 2013, as part of its aim to operate 3,000 stores in the country by 2015. To suppo...
05 March 2013
Aldi Hofer in Austria, is increasing its focus on premium products with its new Gourmet range. Covering multiple categories The Gourmet range was launched this week as part of Hofer's limited availability lines. The 32 products included prosciutto, balsamic vinegar, scallops and nougat as well as premium versions of core listings, such as pesto, muesli and crisps. The packaging paral...
05 March 2013
Major national UK cash & carry wholesaler Bestway has launched a significant new annual initiative entitled 'CORE Range' which aims to offer all its retail customers threefold forms of support to help drive their businesses.  The programme mixes information and education on ranging and merchandising to optimise the in-store offer, ongoing deals to provide customer value and drive sales, plus rewa...
05 March 2013
Russian retailer Dixy Group is planning on spending up to RUB 50bn on expansion over the next three years. Room to grow CEO Ilya Yakubson has stated that Dixy has “room to grow” and is seeking to have a store network of 3,000 by the end of 2015, doubling what it currently operates. This expansion plan is in line with the Dixy Group’s aim to double its annual revenue over the next three ...
05 March 2013
The latest data from the British Retail Consortium Retail Sales Monitor (BRC-RSM) show that UK retail sales growth accelerated to 4.4% in February 2013, with like-for-like growth on 2.7% the strongest seen since December 2009. Uplift driven by non-food While the February figures show growth across all retailing sectors, non-food retail was the strongest element, with clothing, health ...
05 March 2013
The managing director of Lloydspharmacy, Mark James, has left the company after less than a year in the post. Third departure in two and a half years Mark James, who was appointed managing director of Celesio UK in April 2012, has been replaced by Cormach Tobin, the managing director of the group's Irish division. A new Celesio UK board structure was announced last April, which included...