France news 

20 March 2020
Casino Group announced on 20 March it had come to an agreement with Aldi France regarding the sale of 567 Leader Price stores and three warehouses. Stores to be converted to Aldi branding The transferred stores will be converted to the Aldi banner. Casino Group will remain the owner of the brand Leader Price, used through private label products, currently sold across some of the group’s for...
19 March 2020
Suppliers are reacting quickly to support health and medical services fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as helping provide shoppers with products that help them too. LVMH to produce hand sanitiser free of charge for hospitals Due to the shortage of hand sanitiser gel in France, LVMH CEO, Bernard Arnault, has asked the group’s health and beauty factories to start producing h...
18 March 2020
With ecommerce struggling to cope with high levels of demand, the physical store remains the main destination for many shoppers. Staff in stores are in direct contact with shoppers and so are at risk. It’s key to put these staff at the heart of your crisis management to protect them as they are paramount in providing food to people. Key points to consider In badly affected markets, su...
10 March 2020
France-based Auchan announced its 2019 full year results, saying revenue at its Retail division fell by 1.4%, at current exchange rates, to €45.8 bn. It noted that revenue had increased in nine countries where it operates stores, but declined in France and Russia. The numbers… By division, Auchan said its Retail had seen: Total sales: fell by 1.4%, at current exchange rates, to €45....
06 March 2020
France-based O’tera has five sustainable stores, all located in the Hauts de France region in the north of the country. The retailer offers only food groceries including meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, bakery products, dairy products and local wines. We visited O’tera Aulnoy, to identify its sustainable concepts. Source: IGD Research Establishing a sustainable store   O’tera offers ...
27 February 2020
First, Auchan has appointed a new food director and chief digital officer. Secondly, it has launched an Amazon Go cashier-less store. Finally, it trials second-hand clothing in stores. A new director… Auchan has appointed Thierry Aouizerate as director of food and non-food products and international flows. He has joined the executive committee of Auchan Retail, but will also be a member of ...
12 February 2020
Leclerc said it generated €48.2 bn in France, including fuel, a rise of 3.4% on 2018, while excluding fuel the group said revenue rose 2.9% to €38.85 bn. Leclerc underlined the continued strength of its hypermarkets, noting the format had accounted for 54.8% of the additional sales generated by it during the year. Stores continue to play a strong role… Leclerc said sales through its stores ...
10 February 2020
As Casino and Auchan appoint new executives and Cdiscount launches a new service in partnership with Shopify, we round up news from the country. Casino changes management team in France… Casino has appointed Philippe Fradin as executive director of its hypermarkets, three months after he left a similar role as executive director general of both Géant hypermarkets and Casino supermarkets. He...
07 February 2020
As Carrefour looks to build further online skill and scale, we look at developments from its home market. Carrefour collaborating with Epsilon to improve online orders Trade publication LSA has reported Carrefour is working with Epsilon to build an AI-driven solution that suggests what products could be chosen to replace something that is out of stock, when a shopper is completing an online...
04 February 2020
In an interview in trade publication LSA, Cora France’s managing director, Ludovic Chatelais, has discussed how the retailer is looking to help its hypermarket employees become more versatile so they can work across departments. Strategy upweights food-focus at hypermarkets… Chatelais explained the retailer’s new strategy for its hypermarkets, which had been rolled out to eight stores, had ...