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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.

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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...
Masan Group plans to close hundreds of loss-making VinMart and VinMart + stores after purchasing the retail chain. Decision pending review Masan Group revealed that the performance of VinMart + was significantly better in Hanoi than in other cities. A representative from Masan said the group will shut down unprofitable stores after reviewing the performance. About ten VinMart supermarkets a...
Northern-based supermarket, Booths, has reported an increase in Christmas sales, according to reports from Retail Week. Strong sales of own-brand products Booths announced an increase in sales of 3.5% in the three weeks to 5 th January. Like-for-like sales saw a 2.7% increase. The positive result was driven by the retailer's private label range. Booths’ own-brand pigs in blankets and stuff...

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20/01/2020
Suguo is a retail chain owned by China Resources Vanguard. We visited its flagship store in Nanjing to learn how this unconventional hypermarket reinvents itself in the digital era.
17/01/2020
We compare the festive strategies and trading performances of the UK’s leading grocers and look ahead to factors influencing trading in 2020. For each major retailer that has reported (Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose & Partners) we provide details of festive performance and analyse the factors that shaped their results. Trading data and results analysis from other retailers is also included.
16/01/2020
Our predictions for the trends that will shape food-to-go in 2020
16/01/2020
This Homeplus store in Seoul has recently been renovated. With the new lighting system, improved signage, merchandising and elements of technology, the revamped store is able to better meet shoppers’ needs by making the shopping trip easier and more convenient.
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