Europe news & analysis

13 October 2021
As the Mulliez family confirms Auchan is not for sale, its operations in France launch trials for a ‘just walk out’ technology-driven store and a quick commerce solution. Mulliez confirms Auchan is not for sale… Following speculation about a possible merger with Carrefour, the Mulliez family has confirmed that ‘ we will never sell Auchan ’. The president of the Association Familiale Mulliez...
13 October 2021
As Carrefour continues its expansion, deepens its digitisation, and signs up further loyalty card members in Spain, we round up news from the two markets. Carrefour and Coop Trading expand international partnership agreement Following the signing of an agreement at the end of Q2 , Carrefour and Coop Trading have expanded the reach of the partnership to include global branded suppliers fr...
13 October 2021
SPAR International has launched a new private label brand range across Europe, under the SPAR N°1 Value brand name. The company said the range was aimed at providing ‘ shoppers with an even wider choice of quality, everyday essentials at great prices ’. Launch to begin in Europe, then internationally SPAR International said shoppers in Europe would get access to the N°1 Value range first, b...
07 October 2021
Amazon has opened its first non-food store in the UK, under the Amazon 4-star banner, in the Bluewater shopping centre. The store will stock products rated four-star or above on Amazon’s website. Store to add to growing estate in UK The 3,500 sq. m 4-star store adds to the recent quick pace of expansion for Amazon’s Fresh banner in London . Stocking a range of 2,000 non-grocery products,...
06 October 2021
Carrefour and Delipop have announced they are to partner to create a new robotic pedestrian drive service. The companies said the first pickup point will open, at 194 avenue de Versailles in Paris’s 16th arrondissement, on 6 October. Carrefour becomes first partner for Delipop After Retail Robotics and the Star Service Group signed a joint venture that saw them invest together in the instal...
06 October 2021
As Carrefour’s operations in France and Italy look to win with shoppers, we round up news from the two countries. Carrefour launches personalised shopping service in France Carrefour is to trial a new personalised shopper home delivery service under the OK Market! brand from four stores across Paris and Lyon. The service will enable shoppers to buy from a range of 20,000 SKUs and see a ‘per...
05 October 2021
Aldi Nord is partnering with Trigo Vision to test a cashierless store in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The store is expected to open at the start of 2022. Evolving the discount model This initiative follows on from last month’s, announcement from Aldi UK that it is trialling a cashierless store format that is currently open to colleagues only. It is expected to open to shoppers in the coming we...
04 October 2021
After many years in which ecommerce sales growth in Spain was fundamentally fuelled by non-food, in 2020 the pandemic restrictions triggered an unprecedented growth of the grocery sector. According to the CNMC (Spanish Competition Commission), in 2020 ecommerce sales in Spain reached €51.6 bn, 5.8% more than a year earlier. However, the pandemic impacted ecommerce sales differently. Thus, whil...
04 October 2021
As the Colruyt Group announces a profit downgrade for its 2021/22 financial year, it is continuing to invest in adding new Bio-Planet and Colruyt Professionals stores as it looks to maintain its long-term strategic focus. Colruyt spotlights competitive Belgian market with profit downgrade As part of its AGM Colruyt’s chief executive, Jef Colruyt, said the retailer’s consolidated operating p...
30 September 2021
Tesco has partnered with global reusable packaging platform Loop to offer shoppers a variety of food, drinks, household, and beauty product in a reusable packaging. To find out more on the initiative click here . The initiative is available in 10 large Tesco stores. We look at two stores, which launched the initiative, in Milton Keynes. Where are they located? Tesco and Loop’s reusable pac...