Western Europe news & analysis

05 February 2021
Last month, we outlined five global trends that will shape the convenience channel this year and beyond. While it is still early, we are already seeing new proof-points in support of our views. Acqusitions supporting physical expansion recovery Physical expansion in convenience retail is much more fluid compared to larger formats. While this has slowed since the pandemic, plans that were pl...
04 February 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic proved to be a challenge, but also an opportunity to accelerate development for discounters. In several markets with high penetration of online, such as the UK, the lack of ecommerce proved to be a weakness for the discount channel. However, the value proposition of the channel resonated well with increasingly savvier shoppers, ensuring footfall and sales remained strong. ...
01 February 2021
Amazon has launched its Fresh grocery delivery service in Italy, initially available in Milan. The retailer also announced it is planning to launch an online store in Poland. Amazon Fresh launches in Milan Customers in Milan now have access to more than 10,000 products from categories including meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, pasta, organic, eggs, home care, and local artisanal products. ...
01 February 2021
As Glovo and foodpanda extend their reach and range of services and Netherlands-based Jumbo adds further delivery capacity, we round up five developments affecting the online channel. Glovo to add more darkstores to support Q-commerce growth… After receiving a further €100m of funding, Glovo is planning to expand its presence of darkstores to 100 by the end of 2021, up from 18 today. Glovo ...
01 February 2021
In an interview with Ecommercemag.fr, Jean-Denis Deweine, director of Auchan Retail France, discussed COVID-19’s impact on grocery retailing in France and the challenges and opportunities it has presented. Deweine looked particularly at the acceleration of the ecommerce channel’s growth during the lockdown period and as a result of the restrictions placed on shoppers due to COVID-19. Targeting...
29 January 2021
Germany’s competition authority, The Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt), has approved Kaufland’s acquisition of some Real stores in Q4 2020. By taking over these stores Kaufland is improving its purchasing position in the country. Acquisition of 92 Real hypermarkets approved Kaufland’s acquisition will see it acquire 92 of the 101 Real hypermarkets it applied for originally, although ...
27 January 2021
As Ahold Delhaize looks to embed initiatives to help it become an industry-leading local omnichannel retailer , we round up news as it looks to drive sales from healthy products by 2022. Delhaize launches ‘Nutri-Score cookbook’ with leading chef Delhaize, in conjunction with chef Seppe Nobels, who runs restaurant Graanmarkt 13, has launched what the two parties describe as the first cook...
27 January 2021
Poundland's parent, Pepco, has released its Q1 trading update, for the first quarter ending December 2020. The group as a whole saw revenue growth on a constant currency basis of 9.1%, but like-for-like sales declined by 2.1%. Poundland and Dealz performed well, with positive revenue and like-for-like growth. We look at the performance in more detail and consider how the retailer's evolution will...
25 January 2021
Leclerc’s president, Michel Edouard Leclerc, has discussed how the retailer’s online operations generated the sales it was forecast to in 2024 in 2020, following the impact of COVID-19 and shoppers’ changing buying behaviours. Drives enjoyed sales growth of 42% in 2020… Leclerc said the retailer’s Drives saw sales growth of 42% in 2020, which helped to offset the challenges faced by its lar...
25 January 2021
Les Mousquetaires announced full year 2020 results showing revenue, including fuel, rose 2.3% to €46.3 bn. Underlining how shoppers adapted their buying behaviour in response to COVID-19 and restrictions and lockdowns implemented as a result, Les Mousquetaires with proximity formats outperforming. Strong difference in performance by format Les Mousquetaires reported its food retailing busin...