Belgium news and analysis

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...
11 March 2019
France-based Les Mousquetaires said its total sales rose 5.9%, excluding fuel, and by 7.7%, including fuel, across its operations in Europe. The organisation was able to report a positive performance at all its divisions, with its retail brands generating sales of €40.5bn, including fuel, and its agribusiness division producing €4.0bn. Good performance at a group level Les Mousquetaires sai...
01 March 2019
We round up the latest news from the Netherlands as Jumbo starts online grocery delivery in central Amsterdam. Meanwhile PLUS is rolling out HelloFresh ranging across its estate, while SPAR is introducing a hot food-to-go pancake range. Jumbo starts online grocery delivery in central Amsterdam Jumbo has launched its online grocery service in the central Amsterdam, with shoppers able to orde...
20 February 2019
As the retailer looks to advance its online operations globally, as part of its Transformation Plan, we round up developments from China, Italy and Belgium. Carrefour China trials conveyor belt solution in-store Mirroring the in-store fulfilment option from Hema, Carrefour China is trialling the use of a ceiling conveyor system at its Shanghai Gubei hypermarket. The announcement was made by...
12 February 2019
Belgium-based Colruyt is trialling voice command shopping through Google Assistant with 100 customers. The retailer hopes to “see if voice technology is an efficient tool to prepare a shopping list” . Linked to MyColruyt app and Colruyt website Tests will be carried out using the Dutch and French version of the Google Assistant software. Customers will use their smartphones, or any other d...
24 January 2019
Jumbo is planning to evolve its Belgian and Dutch product range to help its entry into Belgium in Q4 2019, Distrifood reports. In the Netherlands, Jumbo is partnering with Too Good To Go, an app fighting food waste. SPAR Belgium has also announced it has introduced the Nutri-Score labelling system to its private label products. An assortment for the Belgian market Jumbo is expected to open ...
23 January 2019
France-based Carrefour said total sales, at constant exchange rates and including VAT, fell by 0.8% (excluding various accounting changes) in the fourth quarter to €23.0bn. A better than expected result in France, where like-for-likes fell by only 0.1%, was aided by its performance in Latin America, but hindered by continued weakness in Europe, excluding France, and Asia. France: hypermarkets’...
23 January 2019
Ahold Delhaize has released its Q4 results, reporting that net sales increased by 3.0% at constant exchange rates to €16.6bn. Meanwhile net sales for the full year increased by 2.5% at constant exchange rates to €62.8bn. USA Q4 net sales: +2.6% to €9.8bn The retailer’s business in the USA, which accounts for around 60% of sales, saw Q4 net sales increase by 2.6% at constant exchange rates t...
15 January 2019
We round up the latest news from Colruyt and Carrefour as they innovate in payments and transparency in Belgium. Colruyt’s Xtra loyalty scheme adds mobile refuelling capability… Colruyt’s fuel supplier, DATS 24, has introduced mobile refuelling to Colruyt’s Xtra loyalty app, which has 4.5 million users, around a quarter of whom use the app regularly. The service was first trailed on 80 C...
15 January 2019
We consider the latest news from Ahold Delhaize in the US, the Netherlands and Belgium as the retailer innovates in stores, technology and partnerships. USA: Giant Food Stores launches Giant Heirloom Market Giant Food Stores has announced the opening of its first Giant Heirloom Market on 25 January 2019. The 9,500 sq. m store is in Philadelphia’s Graduate Hospital community and features an ...