Netherlands news

10 November 2016
As subsidiaries in the Netherlands and US launch new online and digital initiatives, we round up developments from the retailer. Albert Heijn trials online community initiative Local trade publication Distrifood reports that Albert Heijn has set up an online community for selected shoppers at its recently opened XL store in Purmerend. Albert Heijn’s head of external communications, Menno va...
08 November 2016
M&S has announced a major shift in strategy that will see the retailer refocus on growing its food business faster, reduce its estate of clothing and home stores and close loss making operations in international markets. The changes follow the conclusion of a strategic review announced by new chief executive Steve Rowe in May. Sharp fall in half year profits M&S experienced a sharp fall in ...
07 November 2016
Ahold Delhaize-owned chains in the Netherlands and the US have announced plans to expand their private label ranges in order to differentiate them from rivals. Albert Heijn adds exclusive Ron Blaauw range Albert Heijn has launched an exclusive range of ready to cook meals inspired by chef Ron Blaauw. The assortment includes meats and sauces and enables shoppers to prepare meals quickly and...
01 November 2016
Following ecommerce websites in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, Lidl is preparing to launch online in Spain. Online trend cannot be ignored As reported by efeagro.com, Lidl Spain's managing director, Michael Aranda, has revealed that there is a team working on the online launch, however there is currently no set date for the transactional website. Online is a trend that cannot be...
20 October 2016
As the first SPAR China Congress opens, underlining the retailer’s growth in that key market, we look at developments from operators in India, Croatia, Hungary and the Netherlands. SPAR to grow in focus market of India As part of the opening ceremony of its fourth store in Hyderabad and 18th overall, SPAR Hypermarkets’ managing director, Rajeev Krishnan, has set out the retailer’s short te...
06 October 2016
We round up the latest news from Ahold Delhaize including the retailer's updated financial data following the merger, US leadership changes and the trial of Albert Heijn private label products in Delhaize in Belgium. Ahold Delhaize publishes combined financial data Ahold Delhaize has published pro forma combined financial information following the merger of the two businesses, which creat...
05 October 2016
Leading independent UK fuel forecourt operator Euro Garages is to join forces with European Forecourt Retail (EFR) Group, operating in France and the Benelux countries, to create a major new international forecourt business.  The new group, under the holding company name Intervias, will have a total of around 1,450 sites across all its markets and overall annual sales of some €6bn.  While the op...
14 September 2016
After a number of developments of its private labels, we round up a range of initiatives from Netherlands-based Albert Heijn. Chief executive puts spotlight on private label Ahold Delhaize’s chief executive, Dick Boer, in an interview with Financieele Dagblad, has underlined why private label is important to the retailer, in that it can be more innovative than many A brands. Boer said that ...
13 September 2016
Ahold's aim for online is to increase sales to €2.5bn by the end of 2017. We look at how it has set its supply chain up for online success including mixing fulfilment options, providing great delivery flexibility, and strong operational processes. The merger with Delhaize represents a great opportunity to expand its online skill further and provides a ready-made base to expand its servic...
08 September 2016
Lidl is going to increase the competition in the value fashion retail market, while engaging with young shoppers via an augmented app. Pop-up fashion store Lidl in Germany has opened its first pop-up fashion store at a premium high street in Hamburg surrounded by designer shops like Louis Vuitton, Jil Sander, Prada and Gucci. For the period of 10 days Lidl will be offering its new fashion...