Europe news & analysis

22 April 2021
Amazon Salon is Amazon’s first hairdressing concept and will trial the latest industry technology, including augmented reality (AR) hair consultations and ‘point-and-learn’ technology. Amazon’s first hairdressing concept The 1,500 sq ft salon is opening in London’s Spitalfields and follows the launch of Amazon Professional Beauty Store on Amazon.co.uk. Amazon Salon will initially be availab...
21 April 2021
We look inside the first Shell Café concept located along the A16 motorway in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands. Our view Fuel remains the primary mission at forecourts, but a relevant food offer can convert ‘just for fuel’ missions to more regular in-store purchases. In Europe, for example, coffee is a very important mission, often an everyday routine purchase, so getting this right is vita...
20 April 2021
Ocado has announced it is investing £10m in autonomous vehicle software from Oxbotica. Autonomous driving software Oxbotica was founded in 2014 by two Oxford University professors. The autonomous driving software company was the first in the UK to test self-driving vehicles in public. Ocado first partnered with Oxbotica in 2017, conducting a two-week trial using an early prototype delivery ...
20 April 2021
The convenience channel remains a great opportunity for growth. We have published a series of new reports for our IGD Retail Analysis subscribers: The convenience channel’s global outlook Global growth opportunities Multiformat retailers trading convenience stores Below are some of the key highlights to help you plan for the future... Use IGD’s view to drive change...
20 April 2021
Rewe, following previously trailing its performance in 2020 , has confirmed its results for the year. It said the Group’s external turnover rose 20.4% to €75.3 bn, while its turnover not including independent retailers increased by 23.9% to €55.3 bn. The numbers… Rewe reported: Rewe Group total external turnover: +20.4% to €75.3 bn Rewe Group turnover not including independen...
19 April 2021
As Casino looks to grow its presence and innovates with its proximity estate, we look at four new innovations being rolled out by the retailer in France. Monoprix opens Pedestrian Drive in Paris Following the format’s expansion by other retailers, Monoprix has opened its first Pedestrian Drive in Paris. The service will be for shoppers who have signed up to Monoprix Plus and will enable the...
19 April 2021
Continuing the shifts in membership amongst European buying alliances, Auchan, Casino, DIA, Metro and Schiever have said they are not planning to renew their Horizon purchasing alliance for 2022. Meanwhile, due to these changes and others at AgeCore , Casino and Intermarché have announced the creation of a new alliance. Horizon to end, by mutual consent Auchan, Casino, DIA, Metro and Sch...
19 April 2021
As Auchan looks to grow its share of sales from organic products in France, expands its omnichannel presence in Portugal and sets out its results in Spain in 2020, we round up news from the retailer. Alcampo publishes results for Spain in 2020 Alcampo has said it generated a turnover of €4.497 bn in 2020, down from €4.652 bn in 2019. Comparable sales rose by 3.6% during the year, underlinin...
16 April 2021
Leading discounters in Europe are developing their format and offer as they look to attract shoppers from other channels. This is seeing them evolve to be more like supermarkets, leading them to adjust their ranges, locations and adding value to compete beyond a solely price-focused strategy. However, in Russia, the discount format is taking a different trajectory. While some are evolving towa...
14 April 2021
The discount channel is slowly catching up with grocery ecommerce as it seeks to remain relevant with shoppers. The many recent partnerships with aggregators (last milers) across Europe prove the online transformation of the channel is inevitable and it is now accelerating, especially around quick commerce. We look at the different developments in the region and what this could mean more widely f...