Western Europe news & analysis

10 June 2021
As Edeka increases its stake in Picnic, sells off its Bringmeister delivery service and launches a new private label range, we round up news from the retailer. Edeka increases its stake in Picnic… Edeka has increased its stake in Picnic, without releasing details about how much of the latter business it now owns. Before this increase Edeka owned a 10% stake in Picnic and a 35% share of its ...
07 June 2021
Between its opening of a ‘supermarket of the future’ and its partnership with quick commerce company Flink, Germany-based Rewe is implementing strategies to help it continue to win in the long term. Rewe opens sustainability-focused supermarket… Rewe has opened a sustainable, 1,500 sq. m ‘supermarket of the future’ in Wiesbaden-Erbenheim as part of a pilot project for its new generation of ...
07 June 2021
As it looks to expand online and meet a greater range of shopper missions, Carrefour has established new partnerships in France, Italy and Spain to help it win. Carrefour and La Post collaborate for the Pickup Drive in France… Carrefour and La Poste have announced plans to work together to offer shoppers better and easier access to further services. Carrefour is working with La Poste’s subs...
07 June 2021
Continuing the changes seen amongst European buying alliances, Tesco and Carrefour have announced they have decided ‘ not to extend their Purchasing Alliance beyond the three-year operational framework agreed in 2021 ’. Focus to now switch to working on their own opportunities The retailers said ‘ over the last three years, [we] have benefited from a number of joint buying opportunities acr...
07 June 2021
Lidl has become the first retailer to test the Eco-Score in the Netherlands and Germany. The Eco-Score measures the environmental impact of food products and while it is still at an early stage it could have a direct impact on future product development for retailers and suppliers. What is the Eco-Score? The Eco-Score is a five-level product label, classifying products from A (low) to E (hi...
04 June 2021
French retailer Group Casino and Amazon have announced the launch of a new click and collect service in France. Initially available in Annecy and Clermont-Ferrand The new click and collect service will be rolled out initially in Annecy and Clearmont-Ferrand, before expanding into a dozen Casino stores by the end of summer. Amazon prime members will be able to order from a selection of mo...
03 June 2021
We round-up the highlights from the third and final day of the NACS Convenience Summit Europe. The NACS panel shared their views on unmanned retail and provided a virtual tour of best-in-class stores from around the world. Day 1: Quick commerce and e-mobility Day 2: Food trends and sustainability Success factors for unmanned retail Professor Sabine Benoit, Professor f...
02 June 2021
We round-up the highlights from the NACS Convenience Summit Europe day 2. Reitan Convenience CEO Jesper Oestergaard and Wawa Senior Director Fresh Food and Beverage Experience Mary-Rose Hannum share their thoughts on food trends. Food offer and foodservice increasingly coming together CEO Reitan Convenience Jesper Oestergaard shared: Many businesses are investing in foodservice in Den...
01 June 2021
This year, the NACS Convenience Summit Europe is being held virtually across three days. We round-up the highlights from day 1, covering global strategic issues, quick commerce and e-mobility by NACS President & CEO Henry Armour, Maxol CEO Brian Donalds, Shell EVP Retail Istvan Kapitany and others. What keeps the convenience retail industry up at night The results from the NACS Global Issue...
24 May 2021
The pandemic has caused food-to-go operators and customers to turn to technology for safe and convenient ways to order. With lockdowns causing an overall decrease in food-to-go missions and  working from home continuing in the future , operators have had to develop their digital strategies to tempt customers back to food-to-go.  Digital sales have seen huge growth in the past year – in 2020, 20...