Netherlands news

07 February 2013
We look at the strategic priorities for leading European retailers - Carrefour, Lidl & Schwarz (Schwarz Group), Tesco, Auchan and Aldi - in 2013's difficult economic environment, and how they are driving growth.   Carrefour: will 2013 be a year of stabilisation? Carrefour’s new management team has launched initiatives to turn around its performance, including selectively exiting internati...
07 February 2013
According to reports in Levensmiddelenkrant, Ahold is set to establish AH to Go in the Netherlands as a separate division within the company in order to enable the concept to ‘better meet the needs’ of its customers. Separation to give AH to Go ability to focus on its own offer Commenting on the reports a spokesperson for Ahold , Anoesjka Aspeslagh, said: “ Albert Heijn to Go distinguishes i...
07 February 2013
Coop Supermarkten has announced that shoppers are able to purchase grocery products online, via cooponline.nl, and have their orders delivered to their home or, if the store is large enough, collect it from there. Products to be picked in store The company said that it has signed up 20 entrepreneurs and will be extending the reach of its online shopping option during 2013. To maximise its p...
28 January 2013
Netherlands-based Sligro, part of the Superunie buying group, has revealed a number of strategic developments following on from its annual results announcement. 2012 sees EMTÉ’s profit fall As part of the publication of its annual results, Sligro said that its EMTE supermarket banner had suffered from a fall in profits to €3 million, from €4 million in 2011. The company said that EMTE had exp...
24 January 2013
Discussing various initiatives taken at Bol.com, Netherlands-based Ahold has said that their effect has provided a strong support to sales. At the same time, the company has announced a doubling in the size of the product range available through its Albert Heijn online store. A review of Bol.com's 2012 initiatives During the year Bol.com: Opened three specialist stores, which the compa...
18 January 2013
Netherlands-based Sligro has announced that it has taken a 25% stake in Superdirect.com. Investment to enable retailer to gain online experience The company said that it would not be looking to integrate its supermarket operations with Superdirect.com in any way following the investment. Instead the company said that it would be using it to gain experience about selling online and how to ...
17 January 2013
Netherlands-based Ahold has said in a trading statement that net sales rose by 5.1% in its fourth quarter, at constant exchange rates, to reach €7.8 billion. Strong performance seen in Netherlands and US The company said that in the US , during the fourth quarter, sales were up by 4.3%, in dollar terms, to reach US$6.1 billion (€4.7 billion). Comparable sales were up by 2.8%. At Ahold USA ...
03 January 2013
Coop Netherlands has announced that it grew sales by 4.4% in 2012, with gross sales reaching €907 million during the year. Performance boosted by new stores The company said that its sales had been boosted by the addition of new stores, 13 of which were new and a further 54 acquired from Jumbo, following on from the latter’s purchase of C1000. Coop Netherlands said that it would continue to...
02 January 2013
Speaking to Netherlands-based newspaper Financieele Dagblad, Daniel Ropers, Bol.com’s chief executive, has said that the results of Bol.com’s pick up counters in Ahold stores have been ‘encouraging’. ‘Results above expectation’ Ropers was quoted as saying: “We expected that 2-3 percent of the orders would be collected at Albert Heijn . That is already at 5-6 percent.” The success of the firs...
02 January 2013
Jumbo Group has announced its sales for 2012, saying that its performance was boosted by good like-for-like sales growth, which the company said was above the market average, an increase in store numbers and the takeover of C1000. Integration of C1000 ‘decisive’ The company said that sales through Jumbo branded stores leapt by 31.7% to €3.2 billion, driven by like-for-like sales growth of 2...