Netherlands news

20 December 2018
We look at how retailers across Europe are innovating in food-to-go, featuring developments from Carrefour, Albert Heijn and Axfood. France: Carrefour opens fresh and meal solution-focused store Carrefour has opened its first “laboratory store” in Paris. The new 371 sq. m "Halle de Clichy" store is partly based on the Carrefour City concept, although the retailer has given more space to...
06 December 2018
We review six of the latest format developments in the USA and Europe as Ahold Delhaize enhances its store estate and makes new management appointments to future-proof its business. USA: Giant Food invests US$175m in expansion and improvements In the USA, Ahold Delhaize has announced plans to invest US$175m into expanding and improving Giant Food over the next two years. It will open a new...
27 November 2018
Netherland-based, variety discounter Action has experienced strong growth over the last 12 months. As part of the quarterly results announcement from Action’s private equity owners, 3i, the company revealed sales had been driven by the opening of 257 new stores and the relocation/refurbishing of a further 50 during the year to 30 September 2018. The new stores use some of the updated layout...
27 November 2018
Netherlands-based Albert Heijn is set to stop its trial of the fast delivery service, Rappie, in Rotterdam. The retailer has said that it was satisfied with the collaboration but will not extend the service. The trial lasted a year… Albert Heijn partnered with start-up SuperBuddy and introduced Rappie in Q4 2017 . The delivery service enabled shoppers to receive their orders to a chose...
21 November 2018
Albert Heijn is trialling smart door locks to enable home delivery even when the customer is not there to accept it in the Netherlands. The experiment is part of Albert Heijn Online Labs, which aims to improve the retailer’s service through developing new innovations. How does it work? Homes are fitted with the SecuFirst smart doorbell and the Nuki smart door lock. When the delivery drive...
15 November 2018
IGD was invited to Ahold Delhaize’s Capital Markets Day in New York, where we heard directly from the retailer’s Management Board on its ‘Leading Together’ strategy. We also saw first-hand how it is ‘reimagining the Stop & Shop’ brand in Connecticut. The key highlights we took away from the event were: From ‘Better Together’ to ‘Leading Together’ strategy Target to double ...
09 November 2018
In the Netherlands, HEMA has partnered with start-up ‘Too Good To Go’ through which it offers the ‘magic box’ . The box contains surplus food that would usually have been thrown away at the end of the day. Meanwhile, SPAR University repurposes its coffee waste and introduces the 'Zero Waste Bag'. Elsewhere, in Sweden, ICA is trialling the ‘Karma fridge’ in its ICA Kvantum Liljeholmen store. ...
07 November 2018
Ahold Delhaize has reported its 2018 Q3 results, with net sales increasing by 3.6% at constant exchange rates to €15.8bn. Net income also increased by 26.7% at constant exchange rates to €459m. USA: +3.2% to €9.6bn In the USA, net sales increased by 3.2% at constant exchange rates to €9.6bn, while comparable sales (excluding gas) increased by 3%. …partially impacted by Hurricane Florence...
23 October 2018
We look at the latest online developments from the Netherlands, where Albert Heijn is aligning its online business more closely with bol.com. Albert Heijn and Jumbo are also both investing in category. Albert Heijn is improving transparency in eggs, while Jumbo has revealed a healthier meat assortment and is trialling a new vegan fixture. Elsewhere, HEMA has been sold to investment firm Ramphasto...
18 October 2018
Big store reinvention is a major focus right now for many retailers globally. And many have identified food-to-go, and wider foodservice, as a key opportunity through which to boost dwell time, increase spend, drive customer experience and deepen the relationship with those visiting the store. But delivering great food-to-go and foodservice solutions is not easy. Globally we’ve helped a number...