Netherlands news

09 May 2018
Ahold Delhaize has reported its 2018 Q1 results, with net sales increasing by 2.5% at constant exchange rates to €14.9bn. Net income increased by 15% to €407m. USA: growth of 2.1% to €8.8bn In the USA, which accounts for around 60% of total turnover, Ahold Delhaize net sales increased by 2.1% at constant exchange rates to €8.8bn. During this period, comparable sales grew across banners , e...
30 April 2018
Ahold Delhaize has partnered with the Innovation Centre for Artificial Intelligence to launch an Artificial Intelligence (AI) laboratory, AIRlab, which has opened at Amsterdam Science Park. Researching algorithms that can make recommendations and manage goods flows Within the partnership, ‘seven PhDs will conduct research into socially responsible algorithms that can be used to make recomm...
26 April 2018
We round up three digital innovations that retailers are using to make the in-store experience more personalised and efficient. Albert Heijn integrates loyalty scheme into scan and shop… Albert Heijn has upgraded the functionality of its scan and shop system, adding the option for loyal shoppers to see their personal offers on the hand scanner itself. Source:...
05 April 2018
Ahold Delhaize has announced it will appoint a new CEO and a new Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Despite the changes at the top of the retailer, it is expected that its medium-term strategy will remain the same, ensuring continuity for its operations and for suppliers. Dick Boer to step down as CEO Ahold Delhaize’s CEO, Dick Boer, has held the position since July 2016, when Ahold and Del...
04 April 2018
Netherlands-based Albert Heijn has revealed, as part of its sustainability report, that its increasing focus on health has filtered down into its ranges and in the way it activates the issue with shoppers. Meanwhile, in separate developments the retailer has said it will expand its ‘tap and go’ technology further, while also launching ‘Product Pitch 2018’ to discover innovative products. Alber...
21 March 2018
We round up the latest news from the Netherlands as high street discount chain Normal enters the market, while Jumbo’s Commercial Director is appointed as MD of Kruidvat. Normal expands to the Netherlands Danish high street discount chain Normal is to enter the Netherlands, its first market outside of the Nordics. Its market entry is set to take place in Utrecht on 5th May. After this, No...
20 March 2018
Picnic, a Dutch pure play online retailer has launched in Germany. App based service Picnic has been launched in the Dusseldorf region and offers low prices and free delivery. In October 2017, the retailer first launched a trial in Germany under the Sprinter Supermarket brand, offering the service to a limited number of households. Following positive feedback from German shoppers, it is now...
13 March 2018
We highlight some of the recent developments at Ahold Delhaize in the Netherlands, Belgium, Romania and Serbia. NETHERLANDS: Albert Heijn introduces 'Appie Days' promotional campaign Albert Heijn has introduced a new promotional campaign, 'Appie Days' , with both weekly and daily offers. The daily promotions will offer the deepest discounts, with discounts of between 30% and 50%, as well...
12 March 2018
Having been inspired by initiatives like ‘Meat Free Monday’ in the UK and '40 days without meat’ in Belgium, the Netherlands has run its first ‘week without meat' campaign . A variety of grocery retailers and manufactuers have partnered with the event, while 25,000 people have signed up to participate in the challenge. We highlight three tactics that retailers have adopted to activate the ...
09 March 2018
European discount chain Action has released its 2017 results, reporting sales increased by 28% to €3.4bn, with like-for-like growth of 5.3%. Store count breaks the 1,000 barrier During the year, the retailer increased opened 243 stores , bringing its total store count to 1,095. This meant Action increased its store numbers by 28% versus the previous year. Most new stores have opened in Fr...