Discount news

08 June 2020
Aldi UK is introducing self-service checkouts to four more stores, bringing its total use of the technology to nine stores. Making payment more convenient  Source: IGD Research-Aldi Local Balham The self-service checkouts will be installed in a range of locations across the UK in July. The new checkouts will offer shoppers a convenient option, aid...
02 June 2020
Danish variety discounter, Normal, which specialises in health and beauty and household product categories will open 10 pop-up stores across Denmark this summer. The stores will be located at several of the country’s most popular summer destinations. They are expected to benefit from this year’s trend for ‘staycations’, driven by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Smaller store concept wi...
29 May 2020
Dollar General and Dollar Tree have both announced particularly strong growth in Q1, as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led shoppers to increase purchases of groceries and household products. Factors contributing to the dollar stores performance Dollar General saw sales increase by 27.6% to $8.4bn, with same store sales up 21.7%. Dollar Tree's sales increased by 8.2% to $6.3bn for Q...
29 May 2020
Aldi is expanding its Curbside Grocery Pickup service in the US to nearly 600 stores following successful trials at a select number. Offering a convenient service to shoppers The click and collect service will be available at nearly 600 stores by the end of July. The pandemic has probably accelerated this development, providing a convenient and safe solution. Jason Hart, Aldi US’s CEO, s...
29 May 2020
Retailers across Ireland are introducing queue management systems to control the number of shoppers in store, to make social distancing easier for shoppers and staff. Tesco Source: Tesco Ireland Twitter Tesco's new queuing technology counts how many shoppers enter and leave the store, calculating when it is safe for the next person in the queue to en...
29 May 2020
On 28 May, Lidl opened its 100 th store in the US, in Suwanee, Georgia. Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), Lidl organised a soft opening for the store to keep staff and shoppers safe as it looked to celebrate reaching the milestone. A soft opening for this milestone For the store opening, no grand celebration with the traditional ribbon cutting was organised. Instead the discounter carried out...
29 May 2020
B&M has released an unscheduled trading update for the 13 weeks ending 28th March (Q4) and the first eight weeks of the 2020/21 financial year to 23rd May 2020. The retailer saw strong like-for-like sales growth across this period, according to Retail Gazette. Performance driven by grocery, gardening and DIY +6.6% B&M UK like-for-like sales in Q4 +22.7% B&M UK like-for-like sales in t...
28 May 2020
We look at the discounter’s latest private labels developments in Europe, from premium pet food to the growth of regional labels. New range of premium and quality pet food products During summer 2020, Lidl Finland will expand its assortment of Orlando and Coshida pet food products. It will add a new line of premium products to align with shoppers’ growing expectations of choice and quality....
27 May 2020
In this article we round up the latest initiatives seen in the discount and variety discount channel, to address the challenges created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Aldi launches traffic light system to control customer flow Aldi is implementing a new automated traffic light system at entrances to stores, to control the flow of customers. The retailer will be rolling out the syst...
27 May 2020
Lidl Switzerland partners with Empa, a Swiss research institute for applied materials sciences and technology, to develop a system that produces a fossil-free fuel from renewable electricity. Committed to deliver goods without use of fossils Lidl Switzerland has pledged to deliver goods to all its stores without the use of fossil fuels by 2030. As part of “Goodbye Diesel” project, the retai...