Europe news & analysis

01 April 2022
bp and Uber have signed a new global strategic convenience partnership. Together they plan to make more than 3,000 retail locations available on Uber Eats by 2025. Extending existing arrangements The partnership extends current local arrangements in Australia, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa and the west coast of the U.S, adding the UK and eastern U.S in 2022 and with plans to launch in o...
31 March 2022
Shell has been first to the grid in many markets globally. We review its progress on energy transition, explain what can be learned and highlight other new developments globally. Early adopters of EV could benefit from lower costs overall  Mobility is recovering globally and commitments to sustainability are rising up the agenda, both of which have been disrupted since the pandemic. Energy ...
30 March 2022
The SPAR Austria Group saw its food businesses, which operate in Austria, Croatia, Hungary, northern Italy, and Slovenia, grow sales by 4%, to €15.09 bn. SPAR Group noted its performance across all its operates had been significantly impacted by the on-going effects of the pandemic. Positive performance in its home market SPAR Austria reported its food retail business enjoyed sales growth o...
29 March 2022
Les Mousquetaires reported its total net sales, excluding fuel sales, rose 1.8% to €35.28 bn. Including fuel, the company said total sales net sales increased by 7.2% to €45.28 bn. The organisation’s retail division drove growth, with its Agromousquetaires agri-food division enjoying a sales increase of 0.4%, to €4.2 bn. Grocery banners see sales breach €30 bn mark (excluding fuel) Les Mous...
24 March 2022
Finland’s Kesko announced it has updated it sustainability strategy. The retailer aims to continue its sustainability journey by staying ahead of the competition. Previously, Kesko has made the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list by Corporate Knights. Kesko’s sustainability strategy The retailer’s sustainability strategy focuses on four areas: Climate and nature S...
24 March 2022
As Gopuff launches price matching for the UK’s largest convenience retailer and partners with Morrisons, Amazon rolls out Deliveroo Plus as a Prime benefit in Italy, I round up the latest developments within quick commerce. I also round up some of the latest activation I’ve seen from quick commerce pure plays Jiffy, Zapp and Gorillas, including a focus on events. Gopuff price matches Tesc...
24 March 2022
IGD's new research into the UK’s eating out market highlights the complexity of the road to recovery and forecasts that the sector may only reach 79% of its pre-pandemic value in 2022. Consumer behaviour and socioeconomic factors are slowing recovery and driving disparity.  QSR is the driving force behind market growth whilst Restaurants and Pubs will continue to recover but pace will slow. Fo...
22 March 2022
As Biedronka looks to expand its quick commerce service in Poland and Tesco is growing the coverage for its ecommerce store in the Czech Republic, we round up news from the region. Biedronka evolves strategy for ‘digital convenience’-focused future… Poland-based trade publication Wiadomosci Handlowe has reported that Biedronka is expanding its Biek quick commerce delivery solution, which ...
17 March 2022
Ocado Retail has announced a decrease in revenue of (5.7)% to £564.7m in its first quarter, 13 weeks to 27 th February 2022. Customer growth but declining basket Ocado’s active customer base increased by 31% year-on-year (YoY) to 835,000. Order numbers also grew to 367,500 per week, an increase of 11.6% compared to Q1 2021. The value of the average basket fell (15)% YoY to £124. This re...
17 March 2022
We review Couche-Tard’s results for the nine months ended 30 January 2022. Key numbers for the nine months YoY Total revenue up 38.3% to US$46.3bn Merchandise and service revenues up 5.7% to US$12.8bn Road transportation fuel revenues up 55.6% to US$32.9bn Same-store merchandise revenues up 5.8% in Europe and other regions (including Hong Kong), 1.7% in the U.S and -4.2% in Cana...