Western Europe news & analysis

07 April 2021
DIA said as part of its 2020 FY results its consolidated sales increased by 0.2% to €6,882m, compared to 2019. DIA continues to make improvements DIA’s sales increased 0.2%, despite a decrease in its store network by 6.9%, across Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and Argentina. The group achieved the sales increase despite the headwinds of tourism levels in Spain and Portugal being low due to COVID-...
07 April 2021
As Casino, across its banners and channels, looks to make its stores more efficient it is implementing a range of initiatives to support growth. We look at five recent developments from the retailer as it looks to win in-store and online in France. Monoprix digitally activating brands in-store Local trade publication LSA has reported on how Monoprix has worked with SES Imagotag to equip nea...
06 April 2021
Following initiatives in its home market across several channels and as its operations in Poland expand its Outlet concept, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour aiming to move 40 stores to franchisees in 2021 France-based trade publication LSA has reported that Carrefour is looking to move about 40 stores to rental management in 2021. The 40 stores are made up of about 30 supermark...
30 March 2021
Amazon is rolling out its Prime Now grocery delivery service to new locations through partnerships with Tegut in Germany and DIA in Spain. Expanding service to Frankfurt Amazon is expanding Prime Now to Frankfurt and the surrounding areas in partnership with Migros-owned Tegut. The offer includes more than 8,000 products from Tegut’s range including fresh, chilled and frozen items, organ...
29 March 2021
Tesco has launched what it claims is the UK’s biggest recycling network for soft plastics. Many local councils do not collect soft plastics, meaning most ends up in landfills. Tesco has opened soft plastic recycling points at 171 stores across South West of England and Wales. Recycling soft plastics Tesco launched the collection points after a successful trial at 10 stores. Shoppers were po...
26 March 2021
Trade publication Lebensmittel Zeitung has reported that Edeka is to leave the AgeCore buying alliance. The step follows its establishment of the Everest alliance with Netherlands-based, pureplay retailer Picnic. Short term uncertainty likely to be resolved in 2021 Although Edeka’s departure has not been completed, as talks are on-going about the sale of its shares, if it is confirmed i...
26 March 2021
As the Colruyt Group launches Deals! and rolls out several sustainability-focused solutions we round up news from the retailer. Colruyt Group launches new online promotions platform The Colruyt Group has launched Deals!, a dedicated site that will focus on providing ‘ strong volume promotions on a changing selection of A-brand products ’. The company said the site and promotions will be in ...
25 March 2021
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a high level of format innovation in the UK this quarter. In this article we highlight five key stores that have opened and the trends driving store innovation. 1. Sainsbury’s new flagship store In February, Sainsbury’s relaunched its Hempstead Valley supermarket after eight months of redevelopment work to create a next generation state-of-the-art...
25 March 2021
Although performance at urban convenience stores has been challenged amidst COVID-19 in many Western European markets; Reitan Convenience has invested in four new concept stores as it seeks to be fit for the future in partnership with design agency Reactor AB. These new store concepts elevate the customer experience across its formats to a whole new level, while PBX could set the benchmark...
24 March 2021
As Carrefour expands coverage for its online store and digitalises its catalogue for YouTube in France and rewards shoppers’ good deeds in Romania, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour adding online collection capacity Carrefour has committed to offering a Drive, Pedestrian Drive, or delivery service, both next day and withing the hour options, from 2,000 of its nearly 5,000 stores...