Europe news & analysis

10 February 2022
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ruled that Amazon must now comply with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice. The code applies to retailers with an annual turnover of more than £1bn in grocery sales. Increasing grocery focus The announcement follows Amazon’s increased focus on grocery over the last few years. In 2020, the UK was Amazon’s fastest growing market at +51% YoY, a...
10 February 2022
Market leader Mercadona continues to invest in supporting local communities, increasing its food donations by 21% in 2021, compared to 2020. Separately, Caprabo has reported how it has exceeded its expansion expectations as well as delivering a new sustainability project. Mercadona donated 20,600 tons of food in 2021 Mercadona has committed to its social sustainability initiatives by donati...
08 February 2022
At a group level DIA reported a fall in sales of 3.4%, to €6,648m in 2021, compared to 2020. However, versus 2019, the retailer said it had seen an increase of 5% in like-for-like sales terms. DIA’s sales performance in Spain DIA’s operations in Spain generated a turnover of €4.2 bn, a decrease of 6.6% compared to 2020. DIA said the reason for the decline was the extraordinary supply purcha...
08 February 2022
As Colruyt Group looks to evolve its strategy and build on its strengths, we round up three developments from the retailer. Colruyt Group acquires stake in meal box company Colruyt Group bought a 41.36% stake in Smarmat from Smarmat’s founders and the Colruyt family’s investment vehicle, Korys, which first invested in the meal box company in 2016. The Group’s investment is between €26m and ...
04 February 2022
Despite being the fourth largest convenience retailer in the world, Magnit is not very well-known to businesses outside of Russia. We believe that much can be learned from the retailer as it continues to rapidly expand its store network, embed technology and develop quick commerce capabilities. Magnit posts strong top-line annual results Total net sales up 19.7% YoY to RUB1,856.1bn (US$2...
02 February 2022
As Auchan looks to compete in key markets in Central and Eastern Europe, we round up four developments from the retailer’s operations in Poland, Romania, and Russia. Auchan evolves its loyalty programme in Poland Auchan is changing its Skarbonka loyalty programme in Poland, which see it offer additional benefits to specific shopper groups. As part of the new programme shoppers receive one p...
02 February 2022
As Carrefour establishes a joint venture for its push into social commerce and acquires a plot in virtual gaming environment The Sandbox, we look at the developments and consider what the initiatives mean for the retailer. Carrefour establishes joint venture for social commerce push Carrefour has established a joint venture with Brut., which will be majority owned by Brut., that will lead t...
27 January 2022
As new laws are rolled out in Poland, X5 appoints a new general director for Pyaterochka proximity stores and Maxima expands its range of vegan products, we round up news from the region. Law changes in Poland to affect grocery retailing In separate developments, Poland is starting 2022 with law changes that will affect the country’s grocery retailing industry. The first has seen the govern...
26 January 2022
We highlight some of the latest loyalty programmes from convenience retailers around the world, including 7-Eleven, Circle K, Valora, Sheetz, and more. IGD view: customer lifestyle loyalty As more retailers upgrade the functionality of their mobile apps, new ways to interact with consumers will be available. Embedding loyalty programmes and personalised communication will help integrate off...
25 January 2022
Find out how Spanish retailers continue to grow their networks and expand in the market. Explore how Vegalsa-Eroski launched its online store and invested €18.7m in 58 stores during 2021. Furthermore, Aldi announces its 2022 expansion plans, while AhorraMas reviews its 2021 store opening programme. Vegalsa-Eroski launches an online channel Vegalsa-Eroski owned Familia has launched its online ...