Netherlands news

31 July 2018
We consider the latest innovations from Albert Heijn as it activates the Dutch-speaking Google Assistant pilot, delivers ‘special shopping’ abroad in a seasonal campaign and collaborates with Chiquita on traceability. Albert Heijn activates Google Assistant pilot... With Google having just launched its Dutch-speaking Google Assistant, Albert Heijn and bol.com are now accessible through th...
16 July 2018
Netherlands-based Jumbo has made a series of new appointments as it looks to enter Belgium and strengthen its business. Jumbo makes appointments in Belgium following market entry speculation… Jumbo has appointed Peter Isaac as Managing Director of its operations in Belgium as of September. For the past 14 years, Isaac has been COO and board member of Lidl Belgium. A press release from ...
04 July 2018
Ahold Delhaize is continuing to push the boundaries in online and digital in Europe and the USA. We highlight four of its latest initiatives, which focus on health, convenience and building scale further. Albert Heijn introduces My Nutritional Values As part of its ‘ambition to inspire customers to live healthier lives’ , Albert Heijn has added new nutritionally-focused functionality to th...
28 June 2018
We’ve been in-store in the Netherlands this week, seeing some of the latest stores and updating our market knowledge. Here are our five top learnings: 1. The Netherlands continues to lead the way in fresh food solutions Across each of the stores we visited, the range of freshly prepared meals, as well as - in the case of Albert Heijn in particular – fresh to prepare meals, stood out to ...
20 June 2018
We round up the top stories that have caught our eye over the past four weeks. Pret’s new owners JAB It was revealed at the end of May that Pret, the highly respected, London based food-to-go specialist, had been acquired by JAB Holdings, adding a new element to its already significant food-to-go stable. Its existing portfolio includes Sweden’s Espresso House, Krispy Kreme donuts and P...
19 June 2018
Ahold Delhaize has made a series of new appointments. We outline these and consider recent contributions these colleagues and their teams have made to the wider Ahold Delhaize business. Marit van Egmond, Jan-Derek Groenendaal and Saskia Egas Reparaz promoted These include the appointment of: Marit van Egmond as EVP Commerce at Albert Heijn Jan-Derek Groenendaal as being responsi...
14 June 2018
Having introduced its cashless tap to go payment system at smaller Albert Heijn to go stores, the Dutch retailer will trial a solution at larger stores in Utrecht and Haarlem from June 20th. Three month trial at two larger stores Loyal shoppers will be able to use the retailer’s Appie app to scan and shop at Albert Heijn Ella Fitzgeraldplein in Utrecht and Soendaplein in Haarlem for the nex...
30 May 2018
SPAR International has enjoyed ‘ strong, continued growth ’ in 2017, with sales rising 5.3%, on a constant currency basis, to €34.5 bn. SPAR International said its performance had benefited from its continued focus ‘ to grow [its] presence through targeted expansion, and to drive retail development through expanding our multi-format retail strategy ’. Sustained expansion underpinning results ...
23 May 2018
Dutch drugstore chain Kruidvat, owned by A.S. Watson, plans to open a pop-up store in Palamós this summer. Pop-up store to open for several weeks Kruidvat is reviewing the range it will carry at a pop-up store, which it plans to open for several weeks in August. Typically, pop-up stores are used to test demand and attract new suppliers. While the retailer has previously allude...
17 May 2018
Dutch market leader Albert Heijn continues to raise the bar with new store concepts and range innovation. We round up five of the latest developments. 1. New concept fresh store with a focus on fresh Albert Heijn has opened a new concept store in Hoofdorp. The store brings to life some of the retailer’s latest innovations in concepts and range, with a focus on fresh. Among other features...