Netherlands news

09 July 2015
Last week, ahead of the start of this year's Tour de France, our Retail Analysis Manager Gavin Rothwell embarked on a tour of his own, visiting stores in the two countries where the Tour has started for the past two years - the Netherlands and the UK - and France itself. Here's what he found.... Day 1: London-Amsterdam, 360km Yellow jersey (best store): Jumbo Foodmarkt . This hugely impre...
08 July 2015
As Ahold’s chief executive, Dick Boer, discusses how the retailer could be bolder in its private label strategy and it continues to expand in Belgium, adding new elements into its stores’ design, we round up the news from the retailer. Flexibility with private label set to grow In an interview with NRC Handelsblad / De Standaard, Ahold’s chief executive, Dick Boer, has said that he feels th...
29 June 2015
As Albert Heijn enables shoppers to receive deliveries even earlier in the day, providing even more convenience, Ahold US appoints a new president at Peapod and Bol.com launches ‘same day collection’ of orders, we round up online news from Ahold globally. Albert Heijn extends delivery times in Netherlands In the Netherlands, Albert Heijn has announced that it has extended the hours for whic...
24 June 2015
Netherlands-based Ahold and Belgium-based Delhaize have confirmed that they intend to merge, with the two retailers targeting a completion date of the middle of 2016. The retailers say that the merger will require regulatory clearances, but do not expect any issues. Ahold and Delhaize say that the combination of the businesses will create a retailer, to be called Ahold Delhaize, with more than...
27 May 2015
As the DetailResult Groep reveals its annual results for 2014 and Albert Heijn discusses its first quarter performance, Jan Linders enters the final phase of its testing of its online operations and PLUS launches a collectable promotion, we round up the news from the country. DetailResult Groep ‘outperforms market’ According to the annual report that DetailResult has filed with the local Cham...
27 May 2015
Netherlands-based Ahold has announced first quarter results saying that sales rose by 1.4%, at constant exchange rates, to €11.3 billion, driven by the strength of its Netherlands operations, which includes stores in Belgium and Germany. Net sales rise strongly in the Netherlands Ahold said that net sales rose by 5.7% to €3.75 billion, aided by identical store sales growth of 2.5% and compa...
26 May 2015
Schwarz Group has reported a strong sales growth of 7% year to €79.3 bn in the financial year 2014. Lidl reports strong revenue growth Schwarz Group has reported a strong net sales growth of 7% year to €79.3 bn in the financial year 2014. Lidl’s revenue grew by 9% to €59 bn year on year, while Kaufland’s revenue accounted for €20.3 bn, up 2.8%. Lidl operated around 9,800 stores out of whi...
21 May 2015
As Jumbo announces that it has opened its 50th pick up point, after opening its first in November 2014, PLUS launches its new online platform to enable store owners to better market themselves locally and Hoogvliet looks to expand its fresh-focused fascia, we round up news from the country. Jumbo half way to 100 PUP target Jumbo has announced that it has opened its 50th pick up point follo...
12 May 2015
Away from the retailer’s continuing discussions with Delhaize about a possible merger, Ahold-owned businesses in the Netherlands and US announce a number of management changes, its chief executive for the Czech Republic says that its operations in the country will be profitable soon, and its online Peapod subsidiary expands its coverage, we round up the news from the retailer. Ahold Czech Republ...
12 May 2015
Ahold and Delhaize Group have confirmed that they have begun preliminary discussions that could lead to a merger of the two groups. The merger would create a retailer with revenues of around €60bn and 6,600 outlets, with c.57% of revenues generated and a third of stores in the US. Indeed, US operations could potentially benefit most from this move. Synergies in the US as retailers approach dea...