Europe news & analysis

09 December 2022
We recently visited Lisbon to explore what the city has to offer and understand how retailers are evolving to help build shopper confidence, as inflation and the cost-of-living continues uncertainty. In this article, we highlight three must visit stores and explain why you need to see them. 1. Continente Labs, R. Dona Filipa de Vilhena 2, 1000-135 Lisboa Sonae MC launched its first check...
06 December 2022
Italian retailers continue to experiment with store concepts, focusing on proximity and urban formats, while we are also seeing more retailers trial cashierless stores. Meanwhile, retailers, such as Eurospin, have launched new private label ranges to improve shoppers' quality perception and meet shopper needs. Finally, retailers have started to forecast their 2022 results ahead of the Christmas p...
06 December 2022
Asda has announced an ambition to create 10,000 new convenience store jobs over the next four years as it accelerates the rollout of its new Asda Express store concept. To open 300 more by the end of 2026 Asda has confirmed its plans to open 300 more by the end of 2026, to "bring Asda value and great products to even more customers and local communities throughout the UK." With sales in con...
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...