Netherlands news

08 September 2017
We report on senior leadership changes announced by Ahold Delhaize. Wouter Kolk appointed COO Europe & Indonesia as Pierre Bouchut retires… A press release from Ahold Delhaize announced the following: ‘ Wouter Kolk , Brand President of Albert Heijn, to be named Chief Operating Officer Europe and Indonesia effective January 1, 2019. Pierre Bouchut to retire in 2018. Effective...
31 August 2017
Dutch retailer Jumbo has released its first half 2017 results with sales increasing 4.7% to €3.8bn.  The retailer has been growing across several areas, with store renewal programmes, the launch of city concept convenience stores and expansion of its online activities. Like for like drives performance With stores static at 580, Jumbo's like for like growth stood at 4.0% giving it a solid fo...
09 August 2017
Ahold Delhaize has released its Q2 results, reporting that pro forma net sales increased by 3.4% to €16.0bn (up 1.9% at constant exchange rates). Q2 net profit increased by 68% to €355m, driven by savings from the merger between Ahold and Delhaize. Ahold: USA & Netherlands drive growth, Czech flat performance Within the Ahold side of the business, growth was driven by operations in the USA ...
25 July 2017
We round up the latest developments from the Netherlands as Albert Heijn introduces an AR product scanner, Sligro reports its first half results and Coop extends its delivery reach. Albert Heijn introduces AR product scanner Albert Heijn is introducing an AR product scanner app, offering ‘all product information and inspiration at your fingertips’ . This is delivered through ‘augmented re...
20 July 2017
SPAR has unveiled a new online platform, which it describes as ‘faster, mobile user-friendly and useful to all (mobile) devices’ . It also provides recipe inspiration and additional product information, with same day delivery is available if orders are placed before 10:00. Convenience at the heart The website functionality allows shoppers to repeat orders, based on their shopping history. ...
10 July 2017
We round up the latest developments from the Netherlands as Albert Heijn considers the supermarket of the future and prepares to trial checkout-free stores, while Jumbo bids for Sligro’s Emté business. Albert Heijn considers the supermarket of 2025.... As Albert Heijn gets ready to celebrate its 130th anniversary, it is considering the supermarket of 2025. Commenting on this, Albert Heij...
21 June 2017
We round up news from the Netherlands as Albert Heijn introduces a new range for business customers and PLUS aims to help shoppers make healthy choices in cereal. We also share how Hoogvliet is opening a new concept supermarket, while Vomar nears the end of its refurbishment programme and Jan Linders focuses more on hospitality. Albert Heijn introduces new range for business customers… Alb...
19 June 2017
SPAR International has announced the appointment of Wouter Lefevere as head of international buying. SPAR said that Lefevere will also be responsible for delivering on its recently launched Buying Better Together strategy. Lefevere takes on ‘key responsibilities’ Making the appointment, SPAR International said that Lefevere ‘ will take on key buying responsibilities including supplier rela...
14 June 2017
In an interview with the German Retail Blog, the managing director of the AMS retailer alliance, Bert Swartsenburg, set out the prospects for the group’s expansion, amongst other elements. ‘Always interested to grow with new business partners’ Swartsenburg was asked about AMS’s relative size versus other retailer alliances, including the recent trend to partnerships between two retailers, s...
13 June 2017
We round up the latest news from SPAR International with a focus on store openings in the Netherlands, Australia & Oman. SPAR Netherlands: convenience drive SPAR Netherlands is launching three SPAR City stores in Amersfoort, the Hague and Leeuwarden later this month. These new openings represent a phase of expansion for SPAR City, which aims to grow its store count from 35 stores to 50 stor...