Europe news & analysis

05 December 2022
As Ocado pauses the opening of new customer fulfilment centres (CFCs) and trials a digital deposit return scheme, we round up news from the retailer. Ocado pauses expansion due to reduced demand Ocado had planned to open more automated CFCs over the next few years to keep up with growing demand.  However, in a recent presentation to analysts it announced that two new CFCs scheduled to open ...
05 December 2022
In an effort to drive usage, Asda has announced a new ‘refill price promise’ that guarantees each refill product will be cheaper than packaged alternatives as part of its new refill proposition. Asda has partnered with WRAP and Unilever, with funding from Innovate UK, to find out customer barriers to participation, so it could look at ways it can increase participation. Clear pricing was the t...
02 December 2022
Find out how retailers in Spain have been responding to customer needs. Dia extends its private label to help shoppers save money So far this year, Dia has launched more than 500 new private label products taking the total to 2,700 products in its range. In Spain, this is playing an important role in helping shoppers to save money, with Dia estimating that households choosing its private la...
29 November 2022
Leading global convenience chain Couche-Tard, which operates as Circle K, is one of the most innovative in the channel. It continues to flex its approach in response to the current trading environment while also investing for the future. We highlight some of the programmes it has in place, many of which could be replicated by operators across different channels. Value food-to-go - it has ...
24 November 2022
Despite shopper focus on value, Lidl continues to work towards its sustainability commitments. We look at recent developments across its European markets. Lidl France encourages sustainable travel Its first e-station was launched in Villefranche-sur-Saône this week, offering 13 spaces dedicated to the fast and ultra-fast charging of electric vehicles. Lidl France announced plans for a furth...
23 November 2022
As retailers adjust to a rising cost base, we are seeing several changes in the in-store environment. Initiatives are being focused in four key areas including reducing labour requirements, improving productivity, reducing energy costs and limiting food waste. Here are some global examples. Reducing labour The focus on reducing labour is mainly being driven by the vacancies retailers are fa...
17 November 2022
With the discount channel’s appeal growing thanks to value focussed shoppers, variety discounter Action has been expanding its network and gaining sales. Cost-of-living crisis enhances sales performance Action, the Dutch based discounter with stores in 10 countries across Europe, has reported a 27% sales increase in the first nine months of 2022. It generated €6.1 billion of turnover in the...
17 November 2022
K Group’s Food Phenomena 2023 trend study* reveals four everyday food trends for 2023: Smart solutions focusing on budget-friendly dishes Importance of healthy eating In difficult times, indulgences and treats improve your mood    Desire for speedier grocery shopping experience 1. Smart solutions focusing on budget-friendly dishes The current financial situation is influenc...
15 November 2022
I recently visited the Netherlands to see how retail is evolving and understand the latest trends within the market. Here I pull out what I learnt and why I believe the Dutch market stands out… My key learnings from our visits in the Netherlands: Digital is evolving in-store. Retailers are using screens to promote their own ranges as well as selling this advertising space to suppliers ...
14 November 2022
Asda has updated investors on its Q3 trading performance, noting its investments to drive value during the quarter resulted in a 4.7% increase in like-for-like sales, when compared to the same period last year. Total revenues, excluding fuel, amounted to £5.2 bn. Asda's cost-of-living-focused initiatives Asda’s endeavours to address the cost-of-living crisis included rolling out 141 new eco...