Europe news & analysis

12 April 2022
We have visited the first permanent cashierless store in Spain, which was opened by locally based start-up Geniot, in Madrid in March. The pilot store relies on the APRE (Automatic Pilot Retail) system, which has been developed by Geniot, and enables the store to be open 24/7 with a minimal number of staff. The launch comes after the opening of a pop-up cashierless store from start-up Ghop and fo...
08 April 2022
We identified five sustainability trends we expect to see throughout 2022. Our subscribers can access the full sustainability trends 2022 report here. We highlight how retailers are delivering on their targets to reduce their environmental impact. Our five sustainability trends include: Innovating packaging solutions Retailers and suppliers will continue to tackle plastic packaging and cr...
08 April 2022
As Uber Eats partners with bp in a global retail partnership and quick commerce pure play Getir raises another $768m, I round up the latest developments within quick commerce. bp and Uber sign global strategic partnership 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. The ...
06 April 2022
Retailers continue to collaborate alongside food delivery experts, to boost shopper experience and reducing delivery time. We explore how Italian retailers continue to develop in this area to meet the increasing demand. Carrefour Italia and Deliveroo offer fast food delivery Deliveroo announced its launched Hop in collaboration with Carrefour Italia to offer shopping at home in 10 minutes. ...
04 April 2022
As Casino sets out to convert 20 hypermarkets in France, partners with Just Eat in the country and launch in The Sandbox, we look at five developments from the retailer. Casino to convert 20 hypermarkets into supermarkets Local trade publication LSA has reported Casino plans to convert 20 of its remaining 81 Géant hypermarkets into Casino supermarkets. If completed, the change will mean Cas...
04 April 2022
Over the last decade, Lidl and Aldi have evolved from being two no-frills hard discounters paying little attention to fresh produce to become increasingly supermarket-like. Thus, while their strategy remains focused on providing low prices and a strong private label offer, they have strongly upweighted their focus on fresh and organic products and ranges. Both retailers are rising up the ranki...
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...