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15 August 2014
Portugal-based Sonae MC, which operates the Continente banner, has announced that it has signed a strategic partnership with Aimia, which will see it launch a loyalty programme in the market to help it ‘support a deeper understanding of its customers’. Partnership to help Continente understand shoppers Continente and Aimia said that the agreement was a multi-year deal that will see the retail...
13 August 2014
We round up the latest digital developments in Denmark, including the appointment of a new Group Digital Director at Dansk Supermarked and the extension of the online grocery service at Coop Danmark. Kenneth Nielsen joins Dansk Supermarked from leading online retailers Dansk Supermarked has recruited Kenneth Nielsen as Group Digital Director, reporting directly to CEO, Per Bank. Nielsen joi...
13 August 2014
With Nakumatt officially opening of three new stores in Tanzania and espousing the benefits of its private label, Pick n Pay boosting the benefits of its Smart Shopper programme for Absa’s clients and Kenya-based Vivo Energy looking to grow its convenience store presence, we round-up news from Africa. Nakumatt reopens first ex-Shoprite store in Tanzania Kenya-based Nakumatt has announced th...
13 August 2014
Following recent announcements, we round-up the online and store-based news from the Netherlands-based retailer. Albert Heijn set to add 10 click and collect points Adding scale to its existing Pick-Up points offer, Albert Heijn is set to open 10 new click and collect points in August. The retailer opened its first pick-up point in Q4 2012 and has expanded their presence slowly, with the 10 n...
22 July 2014
Finnish retailer Kesko has released its half year results for the six months ending June 30th 2014, reporting a 1.8% drop in net sales to €4.5bn. Results impacted by economy, consumer demand and exchange rate changes The retailer cited the decline in performance to the ‘general economic situation and consumer demand in Finland and exchange rate changes’ . International sales grew whil...
21 July 2014
As Tesco announces Dave Lewis, Unilever Global President, Personal Care, is to take over from Philip Clarke as CEO, we highlight six challenges facing Dave Lewis when he takes up the reins in October.... Challenge 1. How to drive relevant value Philip Clarke has led the business through a challenging period. Market conditions have not been favourable, and he found himself inheriting an u...
15 July 2014
Swedish grocery retailer Axfood has released its results for the first half of 2014, reporting a 1.3% increase in net sales. Profit after tax rose by 8.3% to SEK 612m (€66.2m). Growth continued in discount and wholesale formats The majority of store formats saw store growth, with the exception of Hemkop, the retailer’s supermarket format. Sales were impacted by the retailer operating less s...
30 June 2014
Price and promotional activity is becoming a key focus for retailers and manufacturers. In this article, Harriet Cohen explores how this has developed, what shoppers are saying and what to expect in the future. 1) Price and promotional activity is front of mind for now In IGD's Trading Relationship Survey 2014, retailers and manufacturers worldwide identified that price and promotional ...
30 June 2014
Swedish retailer, Coop Sverige will become the first grocery retailer in the country to test iBeacon, ‘a wireless transmitter that creates a digital hotspot range of 70 meters and sending out mobile deals directly to customers who are in the vicinity’ . Technology to be trialled in very competitive environment The retailer will be trialling the technology at its Coop Centralen store in Sto...
19 June 2014
After a number of announcements, we look at how Poland-based Biedronka has developed its offer and management in order to operate in an increasingly promotional and competitive market. Retailer to accept card payments Local publication Dziennik has reported that Biedronka will begin accepting credit card payments from 1 July, with the process of adding terminals in-store set to last three mon...