Netherlands news

25 September 2018
We review three of the latest digital innovations at Albert Heijn, focusing on payment innovation, transparency and personalisation. First checkout-free stores open in Amsterdam Following a successful pilot, Albert Heijn has opened its first two checkout-free stores in the Amsterdam Medical Centre. Another store is due to launch at Amsterdam’s central station. The technology will now b...
24 September 2018
Ahead of our Food-to-go Summit on November 8, where one of the key themes will be future food-to-go formats, we take a look at some of the retail formats across Europe that are leading the way  in how they see the opportunity for food-to-go. 1. Franprix and Franprix noé, Paris – creating the next generation premium convenience store Casino owned Franprix has long been a feature on the pre...
24 August 2018
Netherlands-based Jumbo has released its results for the first half of 2018, reporting that consumer turnover rose by 3.8% to €3.9bn. During this period, the retailer opened six new stores and refurbished a further 29 stores. La Place: +30% to €78.5m La Place turnover increased by 30% to €78.5m in the first half, as the restaurant chain opened six new restaurants in the Netherlands and inte...
08 August 2018
Ahold Delhaize has reported its results for the first half of 2018, with net sales at constant exchange rates increasing by 1.7% to €30.5bn. Net income at constant exchange rates increased by 22.7% to €817m. USA: net sales at constant exchange rates +0.9%, online +8.5% In the USA, which accounts for around two thirds of the retailer’s business, net sales at constant exchange rates increased...
02 August 2018
SPAR Netherlands is partnering with ABN AMRO and Centric to roll out the app across the Tikkie payment app throughout its store network. App used by three million people already The app is already used by over three million people and has already been present in SPAR University stores. The roll out will allow SPAR to offer increasingly convenient payment solutions. Ongoing cashless payme...
31 July 2018
We consider the latest innovations from Albert Heijn as it activates the Dutch-speaking Google Assistant pilot, delivers ‘special shopping’ abroad in a seasonal campaign and collaborates with Chiquita on traceability. Albert Heijn activates Google Assistant pilot... With Google having just launched its Dutch-speaking Google Assistant, Albert Heijn and bol.com are now accessible through th...
16 July 2018
Netherlands-based Jumbo has made a series of new appointments as it looks to enter Belgium and strengthen its business. Jumbo makes appointments in Belgium following market entry speculation… Jumbo has appointed Peter Isaac as Managing Director of its operations in Belgium as of September. For the past 14 years, Isaac has been COO and board member of Lidl Belgium. A press release from ...
04 July 2018
Ahold Delhaize is continuing to push the boundaries in online and digital in Europe and the USA. We highlight four of its latest initiatives, which focus on health, convenience and building scale further. Albert Heijn introduces My Nutritional Values As part of its ‘ambition to inspire customers to live healthier lives’ , Albert Heijn has added new nutritionally-focused functionality to th...
28 June 2018
We’ve been in-store in the Netherlands this week, seeing some of the latest stores and updating our market knowledge. Here are our five top learnings: 1. The Netherlands continues to lead the way in fresh food solutions Across each of the stores we visited, the range of freshly prepared meals, as well as - in the case of Albert Heijn in particular – fresh to prepare meals, stood out to ...
20 June 2018
We round up the top stories that have caught our eye over the past four weeks. Pret’s new owners JAB It was revealed at the end of May that Pret, the highly respected, London based food-to-go specialist, had been acquired by JAB Holdings, adding a new element to its already significant food-to-go stable. Its existing portfolio includes Sweden’s Espresso House, Krispy Kreme donuts and P...