Belgium news and analysis

05 January 2021
Netherlands-based Jumbo reported it generated a turnover of €9.73 bn in 2020, including sales through its La Place restaurant chain. The turnover at its Jumbo stores increased by 15% to €9.68 bn, with its online sales up by more than 50% to over €500m. Total sales +15%, organic growth +11% in 2020 Jumbo said its eponymous stores saw turnover growth of 15% to €9.68 bn, aided by a 53rd week. ...
16 December 2020
Colruyt reported its first half results, with revenue rising by 5.7% to €4.99 bn. However, the retailer said its growth was below that for the market as shoppers’ changing buying habits saw ‘ neighbourhood store concepts in particular experienced faster growth during the COVID-19 period, in part due to their greater number and therefore proximity ’. Underlining the difference in performance, C...
07 December 2020
As Albert Heijn extends the reach of its online delivery solution in Belgium and that of its new AH Compact service in the Netherlands and launches new technology-led solutions in store, we round up news from the retailer. Albert Heijn pilots AR powered in-store assistant… In conjunction with the Antea Group Nederland, Albert Heijn is trialling an augmented reality, in-store assistant. The ...
30 November 2020
In an interview in Het Parool, an Amsterdam-based newspaper, Ahold Delhaize’s chief executive for Europe and Indonesia, Wouter Kolk, discussed the retailer’s performance during the COVID-19 pandemic and short term outlook. COVID-19 changed shopping patterns quickly Kolk noted the positive effect on sales, brought about by higher demand driven by COVID-19, but also stressed this was not univ...
26 November 2020
(Last updated 26/11/2020) As Western European countries are facing a second wave of COVID-19 infections, several governments are implementing stricter restrictions including second national lockdowns. Here is an update of the latest announcements across the region Germany Latest ( update 26/11/2020) : Lockdown to be extended until at lest 20 December, with non-essential busines...
13 November 2020
As Ahold Delhaize looks to embed initiatives to help it become an industry-leading local omnichannel retailer , we round up news from the retailer as it expands online and with stores across Belgium and Luxembourg. Delhaize introduces prepared meal delivery service Delhaize, with Tastyoo, a food technology start-up, has launched a delivery service for freshly prepared dishes. The service...
13 November 2020
Against a challenging economic backdrop, accelerating food inflation and an increasingly competitive market, retailers in Belgium are raising the visibility of their price-focused investments for shoppers. We look at recent initiatives from Carrefour and Colruyt in the country. Carrefour freezes prices on 20,000 products The retailer said it was reacting to the second lockdown in Belgium an...
09 November 2020
As part of its Q3 results announcement , Ahold Delhaize set out how it was aiming to solidify its position as an industry-leading local omnichannel retailer in 2021 and beyond. We look at the three strategies it is putting in place and the initiatives it has implemented as it looks to build towards this future now. 1. Step-up online capacity, supply chain and technological capabilities A...
05 November 2020
Ahold Delhaize reported net sales, at constant currencies, rose 10.1% to €17.8 bn during its third quarter. The retailer’s growth was broad based, with comparative sales, excluding petrol, rising by 12.4% in US and by 7.5% in Europe. Despite the boost to sales from the pandemic, the results did show a sequential slowdown on previous quarters, underlining how markets were stabilising as the qua...
04 November 2020
Following on from its strong Q3 results announcement , we look at five initiatives from the retailer’s operations in Europe as it looks to build on its strong foundations and continue its recent sales momentum. Carrefour adds health-focused personalisation tool online in France… After announcing plans to launch the service in July , Carrefour has launched its personalisation service i...