Western Europe news & analysis

21 January 2020
Asda has become the first UK supermarket to roll out a one-hour click and collect service, according to reports from The Grocer. Express Click & Collect At the end of 2019, Asda launched trials of its Express Click & Collect service at its Killingbeck and Middleton stores. The retailer will now expand this initiative to further stores, with 25 offering the service by February. Hundreds of s...
21 January 2020
Amazon is set to launch Marketplace in the Netherlands later this year, making products from Dutch and international sellers available to customers. Registration for third-party sellers Amazon has operated a website in the Netherlands since 2014, where it has since sold books. As well as this, customers in the Netherlands have been able to shop on Amazon’s German website using a Dutch langu...
21 January 2020
Système U’s first ever pedestrian drive opened on 14 January 2020 in Montpellier, in southern France. A test for Système U The pedestrian drive opened in the centre of Montpellier, opposite a Monoprix store.  It is owned and managed by the owners of the Castelnau-le-Lez supermarket, in the outskirts of Montpellier. Shoppers will have access to the 15,000 products available on Système U ecom...
20 January 2020
Strong performance in online, discount and convenience has helped drive sales growth at Migros in 2019. Sales up by 0.7% Total sales for the Group grew by 0.7% to CHF 28.66bn. Key initiatives undertaken by the retailer included lowering the prices of its most popular products as well as investing in improving the quality of its private label products. Organic was an area of strong growth, w...
17 January 2020
Lidl Spain has launched a new food-to-go private label called “Listo para comer” (ready to eat) aiming to offer easy, simple and affordable food solutions to shoppers. The 14 products are displayed in dedicated fixtures, branded “Listo para comer”. According to Arantxa Conde, PR Director at Lidl Spain, all products are freshly prepared with locally sourced ingredients, aligned with the local sour...
17 January 2020
France-based Auchan exited the Italian market and sold 1,600 stores to Conad in 2019. This saw the latter implement a rebranding strategy. Meanwhile, Esselunga has purchased six Auchan stores from Conad in northern Italy, while we provide an overview of Conad’s developments since its acquisition of Auchan’s stores in Italy. Conad’s latest developments The retailer has rebranded 27 Auchan hy...
17 January 2020
We look at Ahold Delhaize’s renewed partnership with NCR Corporation and how Jumbo is expanding its online meal delivery service. Ahold Delhaize renews partnership with NCR… Ahold Delhaize has signed a new five-year contract with technology provider NCR Corporation to provide digital connected services to its banners (Albert Heijn, Etos and Gall & Gall) in the Netherlands. The contract will...
14 January 2020
Food-to-go remains a key growth opportunity, and one that is attracting greater interest from a variety of different retailers, manufacturers and specialists as consumers’ lifestyles evolve. Here we share our five food-to-go trends to watch out for in the coming year: Source: IGD   Fuelling regeneration Food-to-go is the bridge between retail and foodservice. As both these sector...
14 January 2020
Bon Preu discussed where it invested in 2019 and announced its record sales growth for the Christmas period.  Meanwhile, France-based Auchan confirmed the success of its gourmet private label range, as it launched a new organic health and beauty range. Separately, Carrefour introduced a luxury cosmetic range. Finally, the BonÀrea group reflected on its 2019 expansion and revealed its plans for...
09 January 2020
We visited one of the newest Leclerc drive piéton (pedestrian drive) to see how the retailer is testing new services, including a food-to-go (FTG) counter. The new concept has been created by Leclerc hypermarket owner Thomas Pocher, who created the very first Leclerc pedestrian drive in France in 2016. Source: IGD Research Offering more services and testing food-to-go Pocher current...