Netherlands news

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...
19 June 2018
Ahold Delhaize has made a series of new appointments. We outline these and consider recent contributions these colleagues and their teams have made to the wider Ahold Delhaize business. Marit van Egmond, Jan-Derek Groenendaal and Saskia Egas Reparaz promoted These include the appointment of: Marit van Egmond as EVP Commerce at Albert Heijn Jan-Derek Groenendaal as being responsi...
14 June 2018
Having introduced its cashless tap to go payment system at smaller Albert Heijn to go stores, the Dutch retailer will trial a solution at larger stores in Utrecht and Haarlem from June 20th. Three month trial at two larger stores Loyal shoppers will be able to use the retailer’s Appie app to scan and shop at Albert Heijn Ella Fitzgeraldplein in Utrecht and Soendaplein in Haarlem for the nex...
30 May 2018
SPAR International has enjoyed ‘ strong, continued growth ’ in 2017, with sales rising 5.3%, on a constant currency basis, to €34.5 bn. SPAR International said its performance had benefited from its continued focus ‘ to grow [its] presence through targeted expansion, and to drive retail development through expanding our multi-format retail strategy ’. Sustained expansion underpinning results ...
23 May 2018
Dutch drugstore chain Kruidvat, owned by A.S. Watson, plans to open a pop-up store in Palamós this summer. Pop-up store to open for several weeks Kruidvat is reviewing the range it will carry at a pop-up store, which it plans to open for several weeks in August. Typically, pop-up stores are used to test demand and attract new suppliers. While the retailer has previously allude...
17 May 2018
Dutch market leader Albert Heijn continues to raise the bar with new store concepts and range innovation. We round up five of the latest developments. 1. New concept fresh store with a focus on fresh Albert Heijn has opened a new concept store in Hoofdorp. The store brings to life some of the retailer’s latest innovations in concepts and range, with a focus on fresh. Among other features...
09 May 2018
Ahold Delhaize has reported its 2018 Q1 results, with net sales increasing by 2.5% at constant exchange rates to €14.9bn. Net income increased by 15% to €407m. USA: growth of 2.1% to €8.8bn In the USA, which accounts for around 60% of total turnover, Ahold Delhaize net sales increased by 2.1% at constant exchange rates to €8.8bn. During this period, comparable sales grew across banners , e...
30 April 2018
Ahold Delhaize has partnered with the Innovation Centre for Artificial Intelligence to launch an Artificial Intelligence (AI) laboratory, AIRlab, which has opened at Amsterdam Science Park. Researching algorithms that can make recommendations and manage goods flows Within the partnership, ‘seven PhDs will conduct research into socially responsible algorithms that can be used to make recomm...
26 April 2018
We round up three digital innovations that retailers are using to make the in-store experience more personalised and efficient. Albert Heijn integrates loyalty scheme into scan and shop… Albert Heijn has upgraded the functionality of its scan and shop system, adding the option for loyal shoppers to see their personal offers on the hand scanner itself. Source:...
05 April 2018
Ahold Delhaize has announced it will appoint a new CEO and a new Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Despite the changes at the top of the retailer, it is expected that its medium-term strategy will remain the same, ensuring continuity for its operations and for suppliers. Dick Boer to step down as CEO Ahold Delhaize’s CEO, Dick Boer, has held the position since July 2016, when Ahold and Del...