Netherlands news

22 May 2013
In an interview with Emerce magazine the recently appointed general manager for AH.nl, Adriaan Thierry, discussed how the retailer was looking to grow online. ‘Changing shopper requirements to drive change’ Thierry said that changing shopper demands were driving change and leading to further integration between digital and physical stores, a step that was promoting the importance of logistics...
22 May 2013
Netherlands-based Coop Supermarkten, according to reports in Distrifood, will offer its Coop Online service from 60 stores by the end of 2013. Orders picked at store Commenting on the step, the retailer’s commercial director, Gerard King, said: “ Coop Online was set up by an active Coop entrepreneur and now we embrace the service as an organisation to offer it to more shoppers .” Orders are...
22 May 2013
SPAR International has reported worldwide retail sales up 2.8% in 2012, and revealed its new strategy: "Growing our future together." International expansion has always been a strategic goal SPAR's new strategy builds on its long-term objectives. It sets out the strategic objectives for 2013-2015 under three broad headings: Growing our partners - Developing a multi-format presenc...
15 May 2013
Netherlands-based Ahold has chosen Ben Wishart to become its Group Chief Information Officer, a new role for the company. Wishart to work across Ahold’s global operations The retailer said that Wishart would input on its ‘Reshaping Retail’ strategy and would, therefore, work across Ahold’s businesses. Wishart, who used to work at UK-based Morrisons as CIO, will start working at Ahold on 17 ...
13 May 2013
Netherlands-based Ahold has announced that it will be extending the reach of its Bol.com pick up point stores to ‘almost every Albert Heijn store’. Retailer says formula offers ‘convenience for the customer’ Albert Heijn said that in its research of its own shoppers it had found that 84% are ‘more than satisfied with the service, stating that it offers them more convenience and freedom as t...
02 May 2013
Metro Group has reported EBIT (before special items) of €14m, compared to €-8m in Q1 2012, due to earnings improvements at Real, Media-Saturn and other areas of the business.  Group sales down slightly Group sales for the period January to March were €15.5bn, a slight decrease of 0.9% vs. the previous year. This year included three fewer trading days, and the unseasonably cold weather af...
19 April 2013
Sligro Food Group has announced first quarter results of €589 million, a rise of 2% on the same period in 2012. Positive results at both food retail and foodservice The retailer said that the majority of the sales growth was organic, although it did concede that it was aided by the timing effect of the Easter holiday. Sales at Sligro’s food retail division, EMTÉ rose 5.1% to €216 million, aid...
19 April 2013
In separate statements, Netherlands-based Albert Heijn and Rewe in Austria have highlighted the positive sales performance of their organic private label ranges. Rewe sees expansion of ja! Natürlich Rewe said that sales of its ja! Natürlich organic private label brand had grown by 3.6% in Austria, to €323.3 million in 2012, following on from 7% growth in the previous year. The retailer said...
18 April 2013
M&S has announced that this year it will open six pilot Simply Food stores in the Netherlands - its first outside the UK - as part of a multi-channel package of investments in the country. M&S to pilot Simply Food at BP forecourts The first Simply Food store is set to open at a BP Forecourt in Utrecht in September, followed by five further pilot stores in Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht by Nov...
10 April 2013
Netherlands-based Albert Heijn has, according to Distrifood, begun to replace the entry level EuroShopper private label brand with a new AH Basic range. New private label to build on strength of Albert Heijn brand The retailer said that the range would enable it to build on the strength and heritage of the Albert Heijn brand name. Alfred Levi, Albert Heijn’s director of marketing, merchandi...