Europe news & analysis

10 October 2022
Aldi plans to open 100 stores in Poland over the next two years. Despite this rapid expansion, getting ahead in such a discount-dominated, competitive market will be tough for the retailer. Investment plans take precedence over profit Aldi’s plans are an increase on its current store opening rate. In 2021 the retailer opened 39 new stores, bringing its total to 221. The new target means it ...
05 October 2022
Although the cost-of-living crisis is impacting retailers’ current priorities, sustainability remains high on the agenda. New EU regulations are being considered to tackle deforestation, while retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and SPAR Austria continue to step up their efforts to reduce plastic packaging and food waste in a bid to increase cost efficiency. EU Deforestation Regulations ...
05 October 2022
As Tesco reports on its performance in H1, which showed Group sales, excluding VAT and fuel, rose 3.5% (at constant exchange rates) to £28.2 bn, I look at the five key numbers that stood out in the results. 1. UK like-for-like growth of 0.7% Versus recent announcements from Co-op and Morrisons , which saw them post like-for-like sales contractions of 0.7% and 3.1%, albeit for differe...
04 October 2022
The current cost-crisis, along with labour challenges, is leading to a new wave of automation at store level. We look at three recent innovations from Japan, Poland and the US. Replenishment: tackling Japan’s labour challenge In Japan, leading convenience store chain, FamilyMart, is partnering with Telexistence to install its AI robot, TX SCARA, in 300 stores. This has been developed ...
04 October 2022
As Deliveroo opens its first physical store, on New Oxford Street, I headed in-store to see how it integrates digital ordering and Morrisons products to offer near-immediate collection of orders. What is the Delivery Hop store? The Delivery Hop store enables shoppers to buy from digital kiosks or through the Deliveroo app. Walk-in shoppers can order through the digital kiosks or Deliveroo a...
30 September 2022
As Tesco works with Ikea and toothpaste manufacturers on separate trials, we round up news from the retailer. Tesco and Ikea collaborate on collection points Ikea will trial click and collect points in car parks at seven Tesco stores as part of an expansion of its Collect Near You service. The retailers have said they will trial the solution for six months. Ikea shoppers will be able to col...
30 September 2022
Understand how Salling group plans to help shoppers with rising costs and inflation, while Dagrofa and Aldi focus on creating and improving store concepts to compete in the market.   Salling group extends price caps on essential products Denmark based Salling Group announced it has prolonged its price cap until the end of 2022, to help during the current difficult living conditions, with ener...
29 September 2022
Morrisons has reported total sales, including fuel, rose 4.5% to £4.8 bn in the 13 weeks to 31 July, driven by new space and fuel sales. The retailer said its adjusted EBITDA fell to £177m, from £356m in the same period in 2021, as it faced ‘ unprecedented inflationary pressures ’ on its business. Q3 like-for-like sales showed sequential improvement Morrisons Q3 like-for-like sales, excludi...
27 September 2022
Against the backdrop of rising prices, a question we are being asked a lot is whether the rising cost-of-living will affect GB shoppers’ attitudes to sustainability, a topic covered by my colleague Dan Gillett in his report . Most shoppers think they can’t afford to buy sustainably The perceived cost of shopping sustainably has always been a factor for shoppers when choosing what to buy....
22 September 2022
Understand how retailers in Spain continue to tackle rising inflation, while Alibaba plans to accelerate its expansion for Europe. Explore how DinoSol achieved an increase in sales during 2021 and why Ahorramas closed 2021 with a decreasing turnover.   DIA invests €130m to tackle inflation DIA announced it has invested almost €130m during 2022 to help tackle inflation, Spain is a price sens...