Europe news & analysis

07 October 2021
Amazon has opened its first non-food store in the UK, under the Amazon 4-star banner, in the Bluewater shopping centre. The store will stock products rated four-star or above on Amazon’s website. Store to add to growing estate in UK The 3,500 sq. m 4-star store adds to the recent quick pace of expansion for Amazon’s Fresh banner in London . Stocking a range of 2,000 non-grocery products,...
06 October 2021
Carrefour and Delipop have announced they are to partner to create a new robotic pedestrian drive service. The companies said the first pickup point will open, at 194 avenue de Versailles in Paris’s 16th arrondissement, on 6 October. Carrefour becomes first partner for Delipop After Retail Robotics and the Star Service Group signed a joint venture that saw them invest together in the instal...
06 October 2021
As Carrefour’s operations in France and Italy look to win with shoppers, we round up news from the two countries. Carrefour launches personalised shopping service in France Carrefour is to trial a new personalised shopper home delivery service under the OK Market! brand from four stores across Paris and Lyon. The service will enable shoppers to buy from a range of 20,000 SKUs and see a ‘per...
05 October 2021
Aldi Nord is partnering with Trigo Vision to test a cashierless store in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The store is expected to open at the start of 2022. Evolving the discount model This initiative follows on from last month’s, announcement from Aldi UK that it is trialling a cashierless store format that is currently open to colleagues only. It is expected to open to shoppers in the coming we...
04 October 2021
After many years in which ecommerce sales growth in Spain was fundamentally fuelled by non-food, in 2020 the pandemic restrictions triggered an unprecedented growth of the grocery sector. According to the CNMC (Spanish Competition Commission), in 2020 ecommerce sales in Spain reached €51.6 bn, 5.8% more than a year earlier. However, the pandemic impacted ecommerce sales differently. Thus, whil...
04 October 2021
As the Colruyt Group announces a profit downgrade for its 2021/22 financial year, it is continuing to invest in adding new Bio-Planet and Colruyt Professionals stores as it looks to maintain its long-term strategic focus. Colruyt spotlights competitive Belgian market with profit downgrade As part of its AGM Colruyt’s chief executive, Jef Colruyt, said the retailer’s consolidated operating p...
30 September 2021
Tesco has partnered with global reusable packaging platform Loop to offer shoppers a variety of food, drinks, household, and beauty product in a reusable packaging. To find out more on the initiative click here . The initiative is available in 10 large Tesco stores. We look at two stores, which launched the initiative, in Milton Keynes. Where are they located? Tesco and Loop’s reusable pac...
28 September 2021
The UK food and drink market continues to face a period of unprecedented change.  As we all learn to live with coronavirus there is a general movement back to pre-pandemic patterns, but not for everything – some behaviours will have changed fundamentally for the long term. And it’s not only the pandemic that is stimulating these changes.   Companies are also learning how to operate in a pos...
28 September 2021
As the retailer continued to invest in its operations, Aldi UK and Ireland has reported a fall in profits in its 2020 financial year, ahead of the publication of its full accounts at Companies House. Sales rise strongly, but profits drop Aldi reported sales rose 10.2% in its 2020 financial year, to £13.5 bn, up from the 8.3% sales increase it reported in 2019. Despite the increase in sales,...
27 September 2021
As part of its partnership with Too Good To Go, which was announced in December 2020 , SPAR has said it has been able to save one million meals globally in the last nine months. Milestone highlights impact of SPAR collaboration The partnership with Too Good To Go has seen it work with SPAR across 13 markets, or 1,850 SPAR retailers, in Europe. The impact of this partnership, which saw To...