Western Europe news & analysis

18 November 2019
Amazon is opening a physical store in Madrid, for the Black Friday event. Meanwhile, SuperSol supports animal welfare by stopping the promotion of eggs from caged hens. Separately, Auchan Spain has collaborated with Too Good To Go and introduced a sustainable mobility area. Amazon re-opens physical store in Spain Amazon has re-launched a pop-up store in Madrid for Black Friday. It will open...
15 November 2019
Lidl continues its fast expansion both physically and digitally with new store openings and category specific ecommerce. 11,000 th store opened The discounter reached the 11,000 stores’ milestone thanks to its latest store openings in Serbia, Poland and the UK. The pace of its expansion is unlikely to slow in 2020, with strong opening plans set out for some of its major markets, such as th...
14 November 2019
Sánchez Romero has revealed a new supermarket model, to launch in Madrid. Meanwhile, Ahorramás has launched a new supermarket model to emphasize its specialities. Carrefour highlights its progress in the organic category. Separately, El Corte Inglés secured a place in the Caleido Complex in 2020 and will launch a new brand image for the development.  Sánchez Romero creates a new supermarket mo...
14 November 2019
Globally retailers are building their sustainable initiatives to reduce their environmental impact. We look at how five retailers are reducing the use of single use plastic. Kaufland reduces plastic on meat packaging Germany-based Kaufland announced its commitment to sustainability is a key focus for it. The retailer has targets set to achieve a reduction of its own plastic consumption of 2...
12 November 2019
Francesco Pugliese Conad’s CEO has stated the takeover of Auchan Italia has been more complicated than expected. Meanwhile, on the 1 January 2020 Bennet partners with the VéGé Group. Separately, the Coop and IBM alliance has launched a ‘call of ideas’ initiative. Conad’s acquisition of Auchan Italia Conad’s acquisition of Auchan Italia has been more complicated than Conad originally planned...
11 November 2019
Rewe and Edeka are both making progress with strengthening their online businesses. Rewe's semi-automated Food Fulfillment Centre Rewe opened a new Food Fulfillment Centre (FFC) in Cologne last year and has concluded that the initial phase has been successful. Automated shuttle technology allows products from six different cooling zones to arrive together at the picking station. Exit gates ...
11 November 2019
IFA Group has collaborated with Gasol Foundation to encourage healthy eating. Meanwhile, Uvesco continues its expansion across northern Spain and Madrid. Uvesco’s expansion plans… Uvesco plans to continue its growth in its strategic areas of Madrid and northern Spain. The group will achieve the growth forecasted this year, reaching a turnover of €770m, an increase of 4% compared to 2018. ...
08 November 2019
Spain-based discounter Grupo DIA has announced its Q3 2019 results. The results show negative sales and reported an operating loss of €356m and a net loss of €504m. Sales performance DIA announced its Q3 sales results saying overall sales declined by 7.4% to €5.1 bn and like-for-like (LFL) sales decreased by 8.1%. The group highlights the sales in Spain declined by 7.8% to €3 bn and LFL ...
07 November 2019
Jumbo Belgium has officially opened the doors to its first store, located in Pelt. We attended the press conference to see how the Dutch retailer has adapted its store concept to the Belgian market. “A wide range and low prices” On 6 November 2019, Jumbo opened its first store in Belgium. The retailer said the store was a Dutch supermarket, but with a Flemish twist. The 2,000 sq. m store co...
05 November 2019
AliExpress begins its campaign for the 11.11 world shopping festival. Furthermore, SuperSol launches a new business model and DIA removes its online non-food store. Family Cash has purchased eight Eroski hypermarkets. Separately, Eroski starts a food transition towards health and sustainability trends. AliExpress prepares for 11.11 Alibaba-owned AliExpress has started its campaign for the 1...