Belgium news and analysis

26 November 2019
We round up the latest news from retailers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden. Netherlands: Albert Heijn launches automated store at Schiphol Airport After successfully piloting its new ‘plug-and-play’ store concept in Zaandam in September 2019, Albert Heijn has expanded the trial to Schiphol Airport. This will see the retailer launch its second fully automated store, on the Jan D...
13 November 2019
Jumbo and HEMA, both Netherlands-based retailers, have said they have agreed in principle to cooperate commercially in Belgium and their home market. The retailers said they are still working on the terms of the cooperation. Agreement aimed to improve their market positions Announcing the cooperation Jumbo and HEMA said it was aimed at ‘ further improving the market position of both compani...
07 November 2019
Jumbo Belgium has officially opened the doors to its first store, located in Pelt. We attended the press conference to see how the Dutch retailer has adapted its store concept to the Belgian market. “A wide range and low prices” On 6 November 2019, Jumbo opened its first store in Belgium. The retailer said the store was a Dutch supermarket, but with a Flemish twist. The 2,000 sq. m store co...
06 November 2019
Ahold Delhaize said net sales rose by 2.9%, at constant exchange rates, to €16.7 bn, driven by the performance of its operations in the Netherlands and Central and Southeastern Europe. The numbers: By geographic reporting segment, Ahold Delhaize said: United States: net sales rose 2.0%, at constant exchange rates, to €10.3 bn Netherlands: net sales rose 4.4%, at constant exchan...
29 October 2019
We look at how Coop Sweden is converting its recently purchased Netto stores. Meanwhile in Belgium, Lidl is trialling a click and collect service as Colruyt rolls out its speech assistant technology. Separately, Jumbo is expanding its online business range in the Netherlands. Sweden: Coop to convert 13 Netto stores Coop Sweden has started converting 13 Netto stores in Västergötland. The sto...
21 October 2019
An update on what has happened at Lidl across Europe recently. Lidl Belgium tests in-store grocery pick-up Lidl is currently testing grocery pick-up at one of its stores, for orders made on lidl-simpl.be. Home delivery has been available since 2018 in the city of Ghent. Customers will be able to pick-up their orders, in-store, for a fee of €2.99. When entering the store, shoppers scan a bar...
15 October 2019
We round up the latest news from retailers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands. Finland: Lidl appoints new CEO Lauri Sippo has stood down as CEO of Lidl Finland, after 20 years at the company. He has been replaced by former operations director, Nicholas Pennanen.  Pennanen commented, “On behalf of myself and our entire staff, I thank Lauri Sippo for his almost 20 ye...
09 October 2019
As part of the retailer’s 2022 Transformation Plan, Carrefour committed to creating an omnichannel universe of reference by investing in growth formats. In the last quarter the retailer has opened several new stores across its European-based operations as it looks to grow and embed this part of its strategy. Carrefour adds Supeco banner in France… After opening Supeco stores in several Euro...
03 October 2019
We look at how online supermarket Picnic is expanding its reach to Haarlem. Meanwhile, Jumbo has developed a gluten-free private label range and announced the opening date for its first store in Belgium. Picnic expands delivery service to Haarlem From November 2019, Picnic will expand its service to the Kennemerland region, with Haarlem as its centre. This will introduce an additional 115,0...
17 September 2019
Ahold-owned bol.com is set to launch a French version of its app in Belgium. The move targets shoppers in Wallonia and aims to accelerate growth in the country. Launching in summer 2020 From Q3 2020, French-speaking Belgians will be able to shop on the bol.com app using their native language. Presently, bol.com shoppers can collect their orders at Delhaize and Albert Heijn stores in Dutc...