Europe news & analysis

27 September 2021
Mercadona is investing in Cimcorp’s automated intralogistics systems for four of its distribution centres. Cimcorp has supported Mercadona’s automation efforts since 2013 where, at its distribution centre near Granada, it applied a fully automated order picking system for the retailer’s fresh produce. Who is Cimcorp? Cimcorp has developed unique robotic solutions for order fulfilment and st...
27 September 2021
Unilever, L’Oreal, Henkel, LVMH and Natura & Co are forming a global beauty consortium to develop together an environmental impact assessment and scoring system for suppliers in the cosmetics industry. Brand-agnostic assessment using a science-based methodology This group of five global beauty and personal care companies is inviting more cosmetic companies to join the initiative.  The aim is ...
24 September 2021
Tesco has pledged to becoming net zero across its value chain by 2050, including those generated by the products it sells and across its supply chains, in line with the United Nations’ objective to keep global warming below 1.5°C. In addition to a new Group-wide net zero target of 2035 for all its own operations Tesco has also committed to a new Group-wide net zero target of 2035 for its ow...
21 September 2021
bp and Albert Heijn have reaffirmed their commitment to expand their partnership in the Netherlands. By the end of 2022, more than 100 petrol stations will have an AH to go The two businesses first partnered in 2016 and announced expansion plans in March 2020 , but progress has stalled because of the pandemic. The roll out will help boost bp’s food credentials, while enable Albert Heijn to...
20 September 2021
DIA has reported group turnover decreased by 9.1%, to €3,193.7m, in the first half of 2021. DIA’s sales performance by market The retailer operates in four markets: Argentina, Brazil, Spain, and Portugal. By market it reported: DIA Spain announced its H1 sales of €2,089.7m, a decrease of 7.7%, compared to H1 2020 DIA Portugal revealed a decline of 4.2% to €296.3m in H1 2021 DIA Brazil...
17 September 2021
Netherlands-based pure ecommerce retailer Picnic has raised further funding as it looks to expand in its existing markets of Netherlands, Germany, and its more recent entry of France. Picnic raises €600m in series D fundraising round The retailer raised €600m as part of its series D fundraising round, with investment coming from four organisations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates foundat...
17 September 2021
As Auchan looks to embed its new strategy, its operations in Spain and Portugal roll out initiatives that support this outlook. Auchan Portugal launches Pick&Go service… Auchan Portugal has launched a new ecommerce service for urban shoppers under the brand name Pick&Go. The service, which is available at two independent locations in Lisbon and from one MyAuchan store in the city, will enab...
16 September 2021
Leading UK convenience retailer Co-op has added a new format to its portfolio with the opening of its first 24-hour self-serve, cashless Micro Market. Located at the head office of British cleaning appliances manufacturer Numatic, the outlet offers the 1,000 staff access to Co-op own-label products such as food-to-go meal deals, breakfast items, milk, bread, ready meals as well drinks on the g...
16 September 2021
As Carrefour receives sign off for its acquisition of Bio c’Bon in France, expands its presence in the convenience channel and enjoys strong growth in Spain, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour required to sell eight stores to complete Bio c’Bon acquisition Following its announcement to purchase Bio c’Bon and notification of the Competition Authority, Carrefour has received si...
15 September 2021
As Ahold Delhaize looks to continue to drive its sales growth in 2022 and roll out healthy options and sustainable initiatives, we round up news from the retailer. Delhaize launches ‘healthy subscription’ service Delhaize is launching a new subscription service, which enables companies to offer their employees a 20% discount on healthy food products. The service is in line with the retailer...