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27 October 2016
Having delivered a more challenging performance last quarter, we look at Target’s plans to drive growth through the holiday season with a mix of new products, a new in-store experience and price and promotional activity. Intensifying competition as holiday season approaches Although Target had been delivering an improved performance over the last two years, comparable store sales fell by 1...
20 October 2016
As the first SPAR China Congress opens, underlining the retailer’s growth in that key market, we look at developments from operators in India, Croatia, Hungary and the Netherlands. SPAR to grow in focus market of India As part of the opening ceremony of its fourth store in Hyderabad and 18th overall, SPAR Hypermarkets’ managing director, Rajeev Krishnan, has set out the retailer’s short te...
14 October 2016
In this update, we look at what has happened at retailers across the region in the third quarter of 2016, including market entries & acquisitions, new store concepts, online & technology developments, loyalty enhancements and new appointments. MARKET ENTRIES & ACQUISITIONS Albania –  SPAR has opened its first stores in the country in partnership with Balfin Group, making Albania the 4...
11 October 2016
Casino-owned, Brazil-based GPA has announced third quarter results saying consolidated total sales rose by 4.4% to BRL15.1 bn (US$4.7 bn), with its performance driven by its food businesses and its Assaí atacarejo fascia in particular. As in recent quarters the overall results were held back by weakness at its Cnova ecommerce division, but there was brighter news in its Via Varejo arm where sales...
11 October 2016
Leading UK delivered wholesaler Palmer & Harvey has partnered with Zapper, to offer a mobile payment platform to its independent retail customers.  The app-based system, first developed for the restaurant sector, has now been adapted for convenience stores, providing retailers with an off-the-shelf, and easy to implement solution to bringing the speed and ease of digital payment to their customer...
06 October 2016
We round up the latest news from Denmark and Finland where Reitangruppen is re-branding  forecourts, Coop Danmark is promoting organic and S Group is enjoying growth in the sale of organic products. . Reitangruppen re-brands Uno-X forecourts Reitangruppen is to re-brand 87 of its 262 Uno-X petrol forecourt stores as Bonus. This will allow Reitangruppen to ‘create an environment where p...
05 October 2016
Konzum is introducing exclusive prices as an additional benefits of its MultiPlusCard loyalty programme as of tomorrow (6th October). Exclusive prices on select products This will see a price reduction of up to 40% in 1,000 premium products across a variety of fresh and ambient categories. Konzum will communicate this at the shelf edge so shoppers will be able to see the current price...
30 September 2016
Leclerc's store in Quimper, Brittany, is the first to install the Data Tag solution which shows price comparisons on the electronic shelf-edge label. 3,000 labels, updated in real time Leclerc has installed around 3,000 electronic labels, which display the product's price in local competitors' stores; this figure is crossed out, to avoid confusion with Leclerc's price. Sourc...
28 September 2016
Sainsbury's has reported a 0.4% fall in total retail sales for the 16 weeks to September 28th, with results impacted by weaker LFL sales (-1.1% from -0.8% in Q1) and slightly stronger deflation. However in a call to investors CEO Mike Coupe was confident about the response of trading to recent developments and upbeat about future opportunities. The LFL fall was principally caused by softness in no...
27 September 2016
Finland's S Group has taken the next step in the digitalisation of its loyalty program, shifting away from paper-based coupons as of the end of October. Benefits accessible in real-time online The change will allow loyal shoppers to access their e-bonus benefits in real-time rather than six times a year through a paper statement. This can be done through the retailer’s app, website or s...