Sweden news & analysis

13 December 2019
At ICA’s Capital Markets Day, the retailer presented prioritised step-changes, which the Board of Directors will adopt for the next three years. The step-changes will replace ICA’s previous strategic priorities. Outlining the step-changes The following step-changes apply to all or large parts of the business: Common sourcing within ICA Gruppen Creating business value through AI and...
26 November 2019
We round up the latest news from retailers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden. Netherlands: Albert Heijn launches automated store at Schiphol Airport After successfully piloting its new ‘plug-and-play’ store concept in Zaandam in September 2019, Albert Heijn has expanded the trial to Schiphol Airport. This will see the retailer launch its second fully automated store, on the Jan D...
30 October 2019
Sweden-based ICA and Axfood have reported a 3.4% and 5.7% increase in consolidated net sales respectively. Meanwhile, Finland-based Kesko saw a 6.1% increase in net sales. ICA: 3.4% sales increase ICA Sweden saw consolidated net sales increase by 3.4% to SEK29,818m (US$3,079m) in Q3 2019. Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, for the period was SEK1,599m (US$165m) and...
29 October 2019
We look at how Coop Sweden is converting its recently purchased Netto stores. Meanwhile in Belgium, Lidl is trialling a click and collect service as Colruyt rolls out its speech assistant technology. Separately, Jumbo is expanding its online business range in the Netherlands. Sweden: Coop to convert 13 Netto stores Coop Sweden has started converting 13 Netto stores in Västergötland. The sto...
21 October 2019
An update on what has happened at Lidl across Europe recently. Lidl Belgium tests in-store grocery pick-up Lidl is currently testing grocery pick-up at one of its stores, for orders made on lidl-simpl.be. Home delivery has been available since 2018 in the city of Ghent. Customers will be able to pick-up their orders, in-store, for a fee of €2.99. When entering the store, shoppers scan a bar...
21 October 2019
We round up the latest news from retailers in Sweden, Finland and Norway as they grow their store presence, launch a digital baby influencer, celebrate their private label brand and trial new sustainable measures. Sweden: Lidl opens 12 th store in Gothenburg… The new 800 sq. m store is expected to open in Q2 2020. It will be located in a new residential area in the Kviberg area, which is c...
15 October 2019
We round up the latest news from retailers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands. Finland: Lidl appoints new CEO Lauri Sippo has stood down as CEO of Lidl Finland, after 20 years at the company. He has been replaced by former operations director, Nicholas Pennanen.  Pennanen commented, “On behalf of myself and our entire staff, I thank Lauri Sippo for his almost 20 ye...
17 September 2019
After acquiring 163 Netto stores from Salling Group in May 2019 , Coop Sverige has reopened the first three converted stores.   Store conversions to be completed by Q3 2020 The first stores have reopened in Falkenberg, Malmö and Sollentuna. They have been converted to the appearance and format of other Coop stores and have extended opening hours. The stores also stock a wider range com...
06 September 2019
Coop Sverige has launched a same-day delivery service in greater Stockholm and is streamlining its business structure. Meanwhile, Axfood has announced that Hemköp president Thomas Gäreskog is stepping down. Coop launches same-day delivery service… In collaboration with logistics company Widrikssons Åkeri, Coop Sverige has introduced same-day delivery for online grocery orders in greater Sto...
05 September 2019
Lidl Sweden has launched a brand new marketing campaign involving its shoppers. Existing customers will become brand ambassadors and help Lidl promote its products to their friends and families who do not shop at the discounter. Shoppers as brand ambassadors The retailer takes a fun and cheeky approach by asking its shoppers to help convince friends and families that thanks to Lidl, “fo...