Netherlands news

26 November 2019
We round up the latest news from retailers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden. Netherlands: Albert Heijn launches automated store at Schiphol Airport After successfully piloting its new ‘plug-and-play’ store concept in Zaandam in September 2019, Albert Heijn has expanded the trial to Schiphol Airport. This will see the retailer launch its second fully automated store, on the Jan D...
21 November 2019
Ahold Delhaize-owned Albert Heijn (AH) is hosting in-store cooking demos through FoodFirst Network. In addition, the retailer receives positive feedback from its Nutri-Score trial and develops a blockchain for eggs. FoodFirst Network cooking demos AH has announced that FoodFirst Network will give cooking demos in all AH XL stores for five weekends. The lifestyle platform, which was acquired...
20 November 2019
We round up the latest news from Dutch retailers Jan Linders, Jumbo and Lidl. Lidl tests scan & go Lidl is testing scan & go in its store in Huizen as an extension of the self-scan facilities that it currently offers. The discounter also plans to trial the technology in Oud-Beijerland at the end of December 2019. Lidl said, “We see that customers want to pack their groceries right away....
19 November 2019
We look at how Netherlands-based online grocery retailers Bol.com and Picnic are growing their online offers. Bol.com adds page for sustainable products Ahold-owned Bol.com has launched a page dedicated to sustainable products. Available at bol.com/duurzaamwinkelen, the new page comprises 6,500 items, which have been certified by Dutch information organisation Milieu Centraal. The sustai...
13 November 2019
Jumbo and HEMA, both Netherlands-based retailers, have said they have agreed in principle to cooperate commercially in Belgium and their home market. The retailers said they are still working on the terms of the cooperation. Agreement aimed to improve their market positions Announcing the cooperation Jumbo and HEMA said it was aimed at ‘ further improving the market position of both compani...
06 November 2019
Ahold Delhaize said net sales rose by 2.9%, at constant exchange rates, to €16.7 bn, driven by the performance of its operations in the Netherlands and Central and Southeastern Europe. The numbers: By geographic reporting segment, Ahold Delhaize said: United States: net sales rose 2.0%, at constant exchange rates, to €10.3 bn Netherlands: net sales rose 4.4%, at constant exchan...
29 October 2019
We look at how Coop Sweden is converting its recently purchased Netto stores. Meanwhile in Belgium, Lidl is trialling a click and collect service as Colruyt rolls out its speech assistant technology. Separately, Jumbo is expanding its online business range in the Netherlands. Sweden: Coop to convert 13 Netto stores Coop Sweden has started converting 13 Netto stores in Västergötland. The sto...
22 October 2019
Sligro reports a 2.3% sales growth for Q3 2019, while Ekoplaza takes over sustainable supermarket Marqt. Separately, Jumbo rebrands its six Agrimarkt stores and Superunie expands its baby private label range. Jumbo to renovate and rebrand Agrimarkt Stores Jumbo has announced it will renovate and rebrand the six Agrimarkt stores it purchased earlier in 2019. The stores will be closed after t...
15 October 2019
We round up the latest news from retailers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands. Finland: Lidl appoints new CEO Lauri Sippo has stood down as CEO of Lidl Finland, after 20 years at the company. He has been replaced by former operations director, Nicholas Pennanen.  Pennanen commented, “On behalf of myself and our entire staff, I thank Lauri Sippo for his almost 20 ye...
15 October 2019
We look at the latest news from Ahold Delhaize and its formats in the Netherlands and the US. Netherlands: New AI for Retail (AIR) lab launched… In the Netherlands, Ahold has officially opened its AIR Lab in Delft. It is an expansion of the retailer’s AIR Lab in Amsterdam, developed in collaboration with Delft University. The lab will be used to research robotics and develop new innovations...