Europe news & analysis

02 September 2022
Asda has unveiled a new toy concept at some of its larger stores. ‘The Big Asda Toy Shop’ is the latest iteration of Asda’s toy departments following a ten-month trial that saw toy specialist The Entertainer take over the Asda toy sections in 11 stores. Source: IGD Research The cessation of the trial was revealed in November 2021. As reported by Toy World , a message from Asda’s...
31 August 2022
Tesco has unveiled a new bakery concept for its larger stores. The concept, badged ‘The Bakery’, features an enhanced look and feel, with new décor, shelving and signage, as well as an overhauled assortment including reformulated products, limited edition ranges and more loose items. Source: IGD Research Different sections include Everyday Favourites, Tesco Finest Signature Bakes, ...
30 August 2022
As retailers look to limit food waste and support farmers affected by the recent drought conditions, we round up initiatives from Asda, Lidl, Sainsbury's, and Waitrose. Asda and Sainsbury’s remove best before dates Asda is to remove best before dates from nearly 250 packaged fruit and vegetable lines, including cauliflowers, carrots, citrus fruits, and potatoes. Asda will take the step from...
30 August 2022
Asda has reported its second quarter like-for-like sales, excluding fuel, fell 1.9%. It noted the comparative period in 2021 was impacted by on-going Covid restrictions. Asda generated revenue, excluding fuel, of GB£1.9 bn during the quarter. However, the retailer said its on-going investment in prices and quality had driven ‘ positive like-for-like sales growth at the end of Q2 and into Q3 ’. ...
30 August 2022
As inflation continues to rise across Europe, Carrefour has implemented methods to help protect shoppers purchasing power in France, as well as supporting organic farming. The retailer also continues to expand its format offer in Poland, opening its first franchised hypermarket. Furthermore, Carrefour Italia’s expansion has reached 1,500 stores across 19 regions.   France: Carrefour fights infl...
25 August 2022
Finland’s second largest retailer, Kesko, has a new automated fulfilment system to support its online grocery business. Bringing efficiency to its online delivery model To delivery its strategy of offering the best multi-channel experience to customers, Kesko has strengthened its online grocery operation with an automated fulfilment system. The system has been installed by intelligent autom...
22 August 2022
Amazon has halted the roll-out of its Amazon Fresh stores in the UK, as reported by The Sunday Times. Lower than expected sales Amazon has reportedly paused the expansion of the Fresh stores due to sales being lower than anticipated and the weaking economic environment. Amazon opened its first Fresh convenience store in March 2021 in Ealing. It has since opened 18 more stores. 18 of thes...
19 August 2022
Reports suggest the German discounter has seen a fall in non-grocery sales across all markets, an indication of current shopper spending priorities. Lidl non-grocery sales fall across all markets Lebensmittel Zeitung reports that Lidl has seen sales for non-grocery items fall below 10% of total sales in almost all markets. The non-grocery category is one of the most profitable for Lidl and ...
17 August 2022
As Tesco, with dunnhumby and other third-party companies, launches new digital solutions, we look at what they are and what they mean for the retailer. Tesco creates ‘UK’s largest retail-based digital display advertising network’ Tesco, in conjunction with dunnhumby and JCDecaux, has created what it claims is the UK’s largest retail-based digital display advertising network. Tesco’s SmartSc...
17 August 2022
As our ShopperVista Quarterly channel trends report shows sustained usage for the variety discount channel, with increasing usage from AB shoppers, we round up key developments for Poundland. Poundland to open further new stores in 2022… Poundland will open or relocate 25 stores in the UK before the end of 2022, with 10 to be opened by the end of September and the remainder before the e...