SPAR International news

26 November 2018
As Italian retailers Pam and Despar focus on expanding, Conad appoints its new general manager and Penny launches a new private label line. Pam expands through partnerships From 1 January 2019, Pam will gain 68 stores in northwest Italy. This includes 16 Arimondo stores in the provinces of Genoa, Imperia and Savona, which will be rebranded to Pam, and 52 Borello stores in the province of Tu...
20 November 2018
Retailing group BWG, the company that operates the SPAR, Londis and Mace chains in Ireland, has seen turnover rise 4.2% to €1.5bn in the year to 30 September.  All retail brands recorded positive growth Results from its majority owner, South Africa-based SPAR Group, show positive growth for all of BWG's retail brands. Londis sales increased by 4.9%, Mace by 4.4% and XL rose by 4.5%. Weather...
16 November 2018
SPAR South Africa's CEO, Graham O’Connor, has reported a growth in sales following the company's 2018 full year results. O'Connor said that the retailer's South African operations had benefited from  President Cyril Ramaphosa’s drive to encourage inward investment into the country. At a group level, SPAR South Africa said its turnover grew 5.8%, while operating profit rose 7.9%. Investment dri...
08 November 2018
Spar South Africa has revealed plans to develop its digital strategy. The retailer hopes it will “streamline its IT operations and maintain its competitive edge in the local retail market” . SPAR adopts Microsoft Office 365 The retailer has adopted Microsoft Office 365 and the cloud computing service Microsoft Azure. Greg Hay, group technology and operations executive at the SPAR Group, ex...
05 November 2018
SPAR India opens 24 th store. New hypermarket located in Hyderabad SPAR India reaffirmed its commitment to India with the opening of its 24 th store in Hyderabad. Located within the Sharath Capital City Mall, it is the fifth SPAR hypermarket in this city. This milestone also marks a growth by 50% of SPAR India’s store network within just 24 months. Mr. Rajeev Krishnan, SPAR India’s Man...
17 August 2018
We’ve been in Brussels and Antwerp to see some of the latest innovations from the country’s leading retailers, Colruyt, Ahold Delhaize, Carrefour and more. We bring you the highlights. 1. Colruyt pushes the boundaries in premium retailing at Cru… Market leader Colruyt, while famous for its low-cost operating model, is also innovating in premium retailing. It runs three Cru stores, with Cr...
02 August 2018
SPAR Netherlands is partnering with ABN AMRO and Centric to roll out the app across the Tikkie payment app throughout its store network. App used by three million people already The app is already used by over three million people and has already been present in SPAR University stores. The roll out will allow SPAR to offer increasingly convenient payment solutions. Ongoing cashless payme...
09 July 2018
SPAR China continues to implement its Fresh Quality Store strategy as it expands its store network across the market. New store in Dongguan SPAR International and local partner, SPAR Guangdong has opened a new supermarket in Dongguan. The store operates 1,300 sq m, carrying nearly 6,000 products. Half the assortment consists of fresh departments, with the retailer aiming to meet the growing...
03 July 2018
Zimbabwe’s retail environment is being influenced by a mixture of economic challenges from the past and renewed optimism for the future. We look at this in more detail. Economic challenges from the past   Unemployment remains a challenge in Zimbabwe, being estimated as high as 95%. As the price of basic goods continues to rise, shoppers also feel as though they have little spending power. A...
14 June 2018
SPAR announced its commitment to reducing sugar in its private label products in 2017 and since then, has cut sugar from 41 of its private label beverages. More products targeted ”All in all, since the beginning of 2017 we have saved about 200 tonnes of sugar, of course without the use of artificial sweeteners” said Spar Austria CEO Gerhard Drexel Since early 2017 the retailer said that ...