Central & Eastern Europe news & analysis

18 February 2020
Lidl and Kaufland have committed to reducing their consumption of single-use plastics throughout their operations and range by 2025. This is part of their 360-degree strategy to help educate shoppers about environmental responsibility, to review the use of plastics in their operations and work in partnership with suppliers to reduce the use of plastic packaging . To underline the su...
10 February 2020
INTERSPAR Austria has announced its trialling refill stations for organic detergents, which highlights its environmental commitments. Meanwhile, SPAR Hungary is improving its sustainability initiatives by introducing new concepts. Finally, SPAR Zimbabwe reflects on its 2019 expansion projects. INTERSPAR Austria trials refillable detergent units SPAR Austria has launched a plastic reduction ...
07 February 2020
ICA reported Q4 and full year consolidated sales, saying total sales rose 2.6% in its final quarter, to SEK30.9 bn (US$3.2 bn), and by 3.4% in the year, to SEK119.3 bn (US$12.4 bn), as a whole. In the fourth quarter ICA said ‘ sales growth was mainly price-driven, but included favourable volume growth in ICA Sweden's wholesale operation, ICA Bank and Apotek Hjärtat ’. ICA developed in line wit...
04 February 2020
Technology and retail companies in Central and Eastern Europe are investing in online retailing. We are seeing developments in Russia, Turkey, Czech Republic and Hungary. Retailers are innovating in logistics and fulfilment services to offer shoppers convenience and to underpin attempts to drive profitability. Meanwhile, companies more widely are investing in services that enable shorter deliv...
22 January 2020
Talk of Kaufland’s entry into Australia began in 2016, along with speculation around the potential entry of its sister company, Lidl. At the beginning of 2020, the Germany hypermarket operator looked to edge closer to entering the market, with its first store expected to open in 2021 . It has since been reported that Kaufland has invested over AU$430m (US$295m) in Australia over the pas...
22 January 2020
Jerónimo Martins has announced its preliminary sales results for 2019. The retailer revealed positive results across all countries where it operates; Colombia, Poland and Portugal. The retailer claims its strong preliminary sales growth provided it with the confidence to continue to drive forward and invest in 2020. Positive preliminary results Jerónimo Martins’ consolidated sales grew to €...
17 January 2020
The Polish grocery market looks like having a healthy year to come for shoppers. This is likely to come at the expense of retailers in the country, who will have to face up to on-going challenges. Some retailers, like Tesco, continue to struggle to halt their declining sales, while Biedronka and Lidl outgrow the competition and gain further share in the market. These developments are occurring...
17 December 2019
We round up news from SPAR International partners in Austria, Gran Canaria and Russia as they invest in their store network and information technology. Austria: to open 20 new SPAR Express forecourt outlets In Austria, SPAR has announced it will open 20 new SPAR Express forecourt outlets across the country, over the next 14 months. The retailer has redesigned the layout of the new stores, w...
21 November 2019
Kaufland has been rolling out its new store concept in 2018 and 2019 with some local variations to fit local needs. In one of its smallest markets, Croatia, we visited the newest store in Zagreb, Kaufland Blato, to see what stores are doing to attract shoppers. 1. Adding services to outside of the store By having the digital screen outside the store, is a modern and effective way to marke...
19 November 2019
We round up the latest news from SPAR International partners in Austria, Croatia and Greece. Greece partners with Bazaar SPAR Hellas, the SPAR partner in Greece, has formed a partnership with Bazaar S.A., a member of the Veroukas Group. Bazaar will provide logistics support and help develop new SPAR-branded stores. The partnership is expected to create economies of scale, particularly in co...