Discount news

22 February 2013
German discount chain Lidl is planning to extend its executive board with two new additions from its Central Europe teams. New appointments from within Lidl team Two major changes will take place with the Lidl board, subject to consent from supervisory bodies expected in April. The first will see Bojan Luncer, who joined Lidl Croatia in 2002, become responsible for multiple country oper...
20 February 2013
Discount retailer Lidl has begun the construction of a new distribution centre in the northern Rhein-Main area. Enhancing supply chain capabilities Lidl is investing "a double-digit million euro sum" in the new centre located at Magna-Park, that is scheduled to go live by the first quarter of 2014, reports Lebensmittel Zeitung. Lidl is also planning to open its fourth non-food distribu...
14 February 2013
Poland-based Biedronka, according to reports in Handel Extra, is trialling self-checkouts at a store in Warsaw. Company says trial is not part of plan for full roll out According to the reports, Biedronka has been trialling four Wincor Nixdorf units at its Glebocka Street store in Warsaw and has plans to add a further four units supplied by NCR deployed in another Warsaw outlet during the f...
12 February 2013
Aldi Australia has confirmed that it plans to expand its store portfolio into both the states of Western Australia and South Australia. Increased competition for Coles and Woolworths In Australia, Aldi trades over 280 stores which are focused around the eastern seaboard. Outlets are currently located in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. However, ...
07 February 2013
We look at the strategic priorities for leading European retailers - Carrefour, Lidl & Schwarz (Schwarz Group), Tesco, Auchan and Aldi - in 2013's difficult economic environment, and how they are driving growth.   Carrefour: will 2013 be a year of stabilisation? Carrefour’s new management team has launched initiatives to turn around its performance, including selectively exiting internati...
06 February 2013
Lidl UK has recently launched two new digital campaigns through its Facebook page. The first is to encourage shoppers to "Like" its page to receive a £5 voucher to spend in-store and the second is an unusual Valentine's Day initiative. Building its fan-base As a "thank you" to its 250,000 Facebook fans, Lidl recently offered all Facebook users who "Liked" its page a voucher to print off...
21 January 2013
Discount retailer Aldi has today reported its most successful Christmas ever in the UK, citing the expansion of premium range products as a key sales driver. Premium ranges help drive sales In the 12 weeks to the 23rd December 2012, Aldi's year-on-year sales increased by 30.1% according to Kantar, far faster than any of its competitors, as shoppers responded enthusiastically to its strong v...
15 January 2013
Swiss discounter Denner has revealed its third consecutive year of growth, with net sales for 2012 up 1.8%. CEO: 'we have chosen the right strategy' Growth taking into account inflation of 1.5%, was 3.3%.  Denner Wineshop, the online sales channel dedicated to wine, saw sales up 44%.  CEO Mario Irminger said: "Denner has evolved in a remarkable way over the past three years, proving ...
11 January 2013
Portugal-based Jerónimo Martins has announced that preliminary sales for 2012 saying that group sales had risen by 10.5% to €10.9 billion. Biedronka remains engine of sales growth in 2012 The company said that ‘Biedronka had another strong year’, aided by the addition of 263 stores and like-for-like growth of 6.4%. Although the market environment weakened over the course of 2012, with the pac...
11 January 2013
Netto Marken-Discount stores are to step up their focus on fresh lines, according to Lebensmittel Zeitung. Rollout of bakeries to continue Baked goods are an important part of this new strategy, to make the offer more attractive to customers.  Netto Marken-Discount should add 1,000 more in-store bakeries this year, continuing the rollout begun in 2012.  The range, of around 30 products, ...