Western Europe news & analysis

20 April 2021
Ocado has announced it is investing £10m in autonomous vehicle software from Oxbotica. Autonomous driving software Oxbotica was founded in 2014 by two Oxford University professors. The autonomous driving software company was the first in the UK to test self-driving vehicles in public. Ocado first partnered with Oxbotica in 2017, conducting a two-week trial using an early prototype delivery ...
20 April 2021
The convenience channel remains a great opportunity for growth. We have published a series of new reports for our IGD Retail Analysis subscribers: The convenience channel’s global outlook Global growth opportunities Multiformat retailers trading convenience stores Below are some of the key highlights to help you plan for the future... Use IGD’s view to drive change...
20 April 2021
Rewe, following previously trailing its performance in 2020 , has confirmed its results for the year. It said the Group’s external turnover rose 20.4% to €75.3 bn, while its turnover not including independent retailers increased by 23.9% to €55.3 bn. The numbers… Rewe reported: Rewe Group total external turnover: +20.4% to €75.3 bn Rewe Group turnover not including independen...
19 April 2021
As Casino looks to grow its presence and innovates with its proximity estate, we look at four new innovations being rolled out by the retailer in France. Monoprix opens Pedestrian Drive in Paris Following the format’s expansion by other retailers, Monoprix has opened its first Pedestrian Drive in Paris. The service will be for shoppers who have signed up to Monoprix Plus and will enable the...
19 April 2021
Continuing the shifts in membership amongst European buying alliances, Auchan, Casino, DIA, Metro and Schiever have said they are not planning to renew their Horizon purchasing alliance for 2022. Meanwhile, due to these changes and others at AgeCore , Casino and Intermarché have announced the creation of a new alliance. Horizon to end, by mutual consent Auchan, Casino, DIA, Metro and Sch...
19 April 2021
As Auchan looks to grow its share of sales from organic products in France, expands its omnichannel presence in Portugal and sets out its results in Spain in 2020, we round up news from the retailer. Alcampo publishes results for Spain in 2020 Alcampo has said it generated a turnover of €4.497 bn in 2020, down from €4.652 bn in 2019. Comparable sales rose by 3.6% during the year, underlinin...
14 April 2021
The discount channel is slowly catching up with grocery ecommerce as it seeks to remain relevant with shoppers. The many recent partnerships with aggregators (last milers) across Europe prove the online transformation of the channel is inevitable and it is now accelerating, especially around quick commerce. We look at the different developments in the region and what this could mean more widely f...
13 April 2021
Eroski expands through franchising, following a €7.8m investment, while Amazon Fresh launches in Barcelona offering fast delivery of food, beauty, and personal care products. Separately, Condis is improving its online operations to meet shopper demand, as Sánchez Romero partners with Lola Market to create a new remote purchasing channel. Eroski launches 52 franchise stores Eroski has invest...
13 April 2021
Sainsbury's and Deliveroo are expanding their delivery partnership nationwide, following a successful trial in 10 stores. 100 stores to offer grocery delivery from Deliveroo app Sainsbury’s and Deliveroo have signed a two year contract, which will provide shoppers the option to order grocery items via the Deliveroo app from 100 stores nationwide, including in Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds, Yo...
08 April 2021
Tesco has identified five areas where it believes it can make the most difference: cutting waste, reducing emissions from energy and transport, sustainable food production, net zero climate ambition and sustainable diets. Tesco claims ‘Food production is linked to 70% of biodiversity loss on land, and globally, emissions from food waste are higher than from any country on earth, except for US...