Europe news & analysis

19 January 2022
We round up some of the latest initiatives by Circle K, including the latest technology that it has introduced to enable frictionless fuel payments in Europe. Using technology to improve the experience  Following the roll-out of Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology to 284 stores in Sweden last year, Circle K is now expanding deployment in Norway and Denmark. In the latter, the reta...
18 January 2022
McDonald’s has opened a new restaurant in the UK that is its testing ground for sustainable initiatives. The restaurant is its first restaurant in the UK and Ireland certified to the UKGBC Net Zero Standard. Where is the store? McDonald’s launched its zero-carbon store in Market Drayton, Shropshire, in December 2021. Source: Google maps What makes this McDonald’s restaurant diff...
18 January 2022
Morrisons continues to increase its sustainability initiatives to reduce food waste. To help with this the retailer plans to eliminate the ‘use by’ date and switch to best before only on 90% of its own brand milk, from 31 January 2022. About the development Morrisons claims to be the first UK supermarket to only use best before dates on its milk. Packaging will continue to show ‘best before’ ...
18 January 2022
As Zabka looks to stay ahead of its competitors in the country, we look at five innovations the retailer is employing to attract new shoppers in new locations and drive footfall to its existing estate. Zabka trials vending machine solution in a private hospital Zabka has added its first branded vending machine in a private hospital in Warsaw as part of a trial, which is being run with Maczf...
14 January 2022
Sainsbury’s has announced several changes to its senior team to accelerate the delivery of its Food First strategy. Graham Biggart appointed as Chief Transformation Officer Graham Biggart, currently Business Unit Director of Fresh Food and Food Service, has been promoted to the newly created role of Chief Transformation Officer and will join Sainsbury’s Operating Board in March 2022. In his...
13 January 2022
Despite the uncertainty and complexity created by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 18 months, retailers across Europe have continued to focus on and invest in store innovation to meet the changing demands of the shopper. From hydroponic herb greenhouses and walkout payment technology, to restaurant meals and refill stations, the market is developing exciting new concepts and opportunities t...
13 January 2022
As Carrefour prepares to re-enter Greece in partnership with a local company and expands its range of online services in France, amongst other developments, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour to return to Greece with new franchisee Carrefour has partnered with locally based Retail & More, a subsidiary of technology distributor TeleUnicom, to re-enter the Greek market 10 years aft...
12 January 2022
Following the release of Sainsbury’s Christmas and Q3 results, we explore the key trends that shaped performance. Grocery sales hold on to 2020 gains Total grocery sales may only be up 0.1% on last year 1 (or 0.8% excluding the impact of stores being closed on Boxing Day), but this is on top of last year’s stellar 7.4% growth. It’s enough to have increased Sainsbury’s volume market share t...
12 January 2022
As Zabka rolls out its staffless store solution in new locations and Carrefour appoints a director for Bringo International, we round up developments across markets in Central and Eastern Europe. Zabka opens Nano store in Decathlon store As Zabka expands the presence of its staffless Nano format, it has opened a new store in a Decathlon outlet. Zabka has opened 12 Nano stores, which uses te...
11 January 2022
On 1 January 2022, France officially implemented a law which banned the use of plastic packaging for most fruit and vegetable products. We look at five implications and what we could see next. About France’s plastic ban The French government introduced the plastic ban as part of the French anti-waste law for a circular economy, which aims to reduce plastic consumption. The law is set to impro...