Belgium news and analysis

05 June 2019
We round up the latest innovations from Ahold Delhaize as it invests in ecommerce, health-focused solutions and ranges in the US, Belgium and the Netherlands as it looks to drive its ‘Leading Together strategy’ across its operations. Peapod partners with food writer for new solutions… Ahold Delhaize’s US-based ecommerce operation Peapod has partnered with food writer Mark Bittman. Through t...
22 May 2019
Over the last 12 months, Lidl has expanded its online presence from four countries to 11, including grocery ecommerce operations in five countries. With the discounter accelerating its online expansion we look in-depth at its presence across Europe and the US. Lidl’s online presence Since the beginning of 2019, Lidl has launched grocery ecommerce operations in three countries and a non-gr...
09 May 2019
As ICA, Colruyt and Migros Switzerland launch new initiatives and Leclerc adds further Relais stores, we look at developments in ecommerce from countries across Europe. ICA to add prepared food delivery service Sweden-based ICA has announced from autumn it will enable shoppers to receive express delivery of prepared meal solutions alongside their grocery orders. Initially the service will b...
08 May 2019
Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize said net sales had risen 1.5%, at constant exchange rates, to €15.9bn. Its results were driven by the performance of its home market, where sales rose 3.5%, and its ecommerce operations, where sales increased by 17.9% at constant exchange rates, while net consumer online sales were up by 25.0% at constant exchange rates. Leading Together strategy continues to e...
16 April 2019
As the retailer looks to continue to build the success of its Act for Food initiative globally, it has announced, with Nestle, the use of Blockchain technology for a national brand, while in Belgium it has entered into a partnership with pork supplier, Westvers. Carrefour, Nestlé to use Blockchain for Mousline Carrefour and Nestlé have announced that from 15 April they are using Blockchain ...
16 April 2019
As part of its ongoing strategy of improving the experience it offers shoppers, Lidl is investing in different payment solutions across countries in Europe. These include scan and go and self-checkouts. Reducing queuing times in Paris Lidl is testing, in one of its stores in Paris, a scan and go app, called SHOP&GO, to cut queuing time at tills. The app is already in use in Portugal and if ...
10 April 2019
As Carrefour looks to evolve its hypermarket offer globally we round up the initiatives it is rolling out in China, France and Belgium to make the format more efficient and profitable. Carrefour France opens first ‘Essentiel’ hypermarket After setting out its plans to launch different trials for its hypermarkets, Carrefour France has opened its first low-cost-focused ‘Essentiel’ store in Av...
04 April 2019
We round up the latest news from the retailer in Europe and North America as it acquires the FoodFirst Network and offers transparency in egg sourcing in the Netherlands. Meanwhile in Belgium, Delhaize has introduced cashless shopping at its Fresh Atelier food-to-go concept, while in the US it is rolling out an AI-powered supply chain. 1. Albert Heijn acquires FoodFirst Network… Albert Heij...
27 March 2019
As Carrefour looks to build its online scale and meet shoppers’ desire for convenient fulfilment options in new ways it is expanding the presence of its Pedestrian Drives. The expansion has seen the opening of its first Pedestrian Drive in Belgium and the continued growth of the format in Paris. First Pedestrian Drive opened in Belgium… Carrefour has opened its first Pedestrian Drive outsid...
22 March 2019
Lidl has launched innovative initiatives across Europe including a digital assistant and a pop-up garden. It also continues to develop some of its strategic private labels, such as Cien in Spain. Lidl launches chatbot in Germany With shoppers seeking faster access to information, Lidl has launched a new digital assistant in Germany. The chatbot, called LiA, is available via Facebook Messe...