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13 April 2017
Japanese retailer Aeon has published its annual results, posting an operating profit increasing by 4% to JPY184.7bn (US$1.7 bn), but falling -2.79% short of the company's estimate of JPY190bn (US$1.75 bn) Price cuts announced, but improved sales expected Japan has tried to escape the effects of deflation for almost two decades, with the impact often moving in line with home and internationa...
11 April 2017
Sainsbury's has introduced a new low priced range of fresh fruit and vegetables called Greengrocer's Value Selection. Targeting budget conscious shoppers The new range provides a cheaper alternative to standard fruit and vegetable lines, and should build Sainsbury's appeal with shoppers on tight budgets. The range is mainly made up of class two produce and appears to have replaced the ...
06 April 2017
We round up our favourite April Fools from 2017 as retailers and manufacturers create spoofs driven by food trends, food-to-go, popular brands and online and digital. 1. Sainsbury’s takes healthy living and food trends a step further, with the launch of spiralized peas… Source: Sainsbury's 2. ...While Fresh Direct innovates to capitalise on the popularity of avocado. Sou...
05 April 2017
Monoprix has launched a new loyalty scheme which it says is simpler and more generous. Simplified scheme to attract more customers Monoprix has abandoned its long-running S'Miles programme in favour of a more simple promise. Instead of giving points, customers will get discounts credited directly to their loyalty card, called La Carte. They can spend all or part of the credit as they wish. ...
05 April 2017
We share the latest developments in the Netherlands, with a focus on news from Albert Heijn, Jumbo, PLUS and Hoogvliet. Albert Heijn trials choose your own promotions… Albert Heijn will be trialling personalised offers for select loyal shoppers from April 10th to June 4th. Participants will be able to select two to six offers from a dozens of products, while the discount will be valid for f...
05 April 2017
We report on the latest news from Ahold USA including how it is working to appeal more to shoppers, as well as its innovation in private label. Promoting newness, value, relevance & online Amy Hahn, Ahold USA’s SVP of marketing spoke at New York’s 2017 Shopper Marketing Summit on how the combined Ahold Delhaize business is drawing on its strengths to appeal more to shoppers. Last year, i...
30 March 2017
As the new £1 coin is introduced, discount retailer Poundland has unveiled its new pricing strategy, however focus will remain on the core price point. New price points: 50p, £2 and £5 Poundland has introduced three new price points - 50p, £2 and £5 - taking it from a single-price retailer to a multi-price retailer following trials of  conditional spend in-store . Following customer resea...
28 March 2017
We review the latest developments from the Netherlands, with a focus on Albert Heijn, Picnic and Jumbo. This includes a focus on store formats, private label, online and promotions. Albert Heijn updates on pilot with BP… Albert Heijn launched its first AH to go stores in partnership with BP in the second half of 2016. This now includes six stores, with the majority in Randstad, with one...
23 March 2017
Following  confirmation of entry last November, Aldi has made the bold move of entering the Chinese market on Alibaba Group's B2C website, Tmall. Focus on five categories As communicated on Aldi's China corporate website , the Chinese offer spans five ambient categories: breakfast (17 SKUs), snacks (28 SKUs), wine (7 SKUs), organic (10 SKUs) and cooking (19 SKUs), with some lines mer...
21 March 2017
Colruyt has introduced a new loyalty scheme, Xtra and associated app, which can be used across its nine formats and online. This new scheme will replace the retailer’s existing Colruyt, Okay, Bio-Planet and Dreambaby loyalty cards. Colruyt will be issuing the new card to 3.7 million customers in Belgium and Luxembourg from April 4th. Making it more relevant for shoppers… The new app wil...