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16 December 2020
Moez Zouari, a master franchisee with Casino and joint owner of Picard, along with two further French businesspeople, Xavier Niel and Matthieu Pigasse, have raised €300m as they prepare to make a major acquisition in 2021. The listing by the three businessmen is the largest in Europe in 2020, underlining the scale of the initiative taken by them. The investment and backing of the three individ...
14 December 2020
In an interview with France-based trade publication LSA, Carrefour France’s chief executive, Rami Baitieh, has discussed the retailer’s TOP project, which aims to reorganise in-store operations. However, the plan has had to be paused, due to a Court order, resulting from a case brought by the CGT trade union. TOP aimed to improve stores’ economic performance… Baitieh launched TOP (an acrony...
03 December 2020
As Carrefour launches live shopping sessions and its Supeco banner adds an online store, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour launches live shopping sessions To market its toy range, Carrefour is to partner with Redpill & and its subsidiary Quidol to launch a live shopping campaign. The companies have said there are three live shopping events, which will be compered by presenters w...
01 December 2020
As Casino’s Monoprix banner looks to double its turnover in 10 years and its Ocado built automated warehouse begins to support deliveries for other Casino-banners, we round up news from the retailer. Monoprix aims to expand in Europe through franchising Monoprix has announced it wants to expand into several European markets by franchising its brand with locally based companies who share its...
26 November 2020
(Last updated 26/11/2020) As Western European countries are facing a second wave of COVID-19 infections, several governments are implementing stricter restrictions including second national lockdowns. Here is an update of the latest announcements across the region Germany Latest ( update 26/11/2020) : Lockdown to be extended until at lest 20 December, with non-essential busines...
25 November 2020
The French Competition Authority body has approved the purchase of 554 Leader Price stores (owned by Casino) by Aldi. For the Casino Group the sale is part of its ongoing debt reduction plan, which will enable it to focus on its other more profitable banners, such as Monoprix and Franprix. Aldi France to reach more than 1,400 stores and €5.5 bn turnover The purchase of 554 Leader Price stor...
20 November 2020
Carrefour has launched a new initiative to support local producers in France, as part of its ‘Zero kilometer’ commitment. Agreement to focus on ‘ultra-local alliances’ Carrefour is aiming to support local producers and meet shoppers’ growing demand for goods produced as close as possible to their homes. The ‘zero kilometer’ commitment will see the retailer form ultra-local alliances by enab...
12 November 2020
As Auchan rolls out shop-in-shops at its hypermarkets in France and looks to grow share in Poland, we round up news from the retailer. Auchan opens Decathlon shop-in-shop in hypermarket in France… Following the addition of a small part of Decathlon’s range in five hypermarkets, Auchan has added a Decathlon shop-in-shop in its hypermarket in Saint-Jean de la Ruelle, as it looks to repurp...
10 November 2020
As Carrefour sells a stake in its Market Pay payments platform and acquires the Bio c’Bon organic specialist chain in France, we look at how the retailer is focusing on its core to drive long term growth. Carrefour acquires organic specialist as it expands in fast growing category After a protracted sales process, Carrefour has acquired the Bio c’Bon organic specialist chain for €60m. Bio c...
10 November 2020
As the second lockdown in France begins to affect small and medium sized producers and retailers in the country, grocery retailers in France have announced plans to support these companies. Retailers to support fresh and local products… Local trade publication LSA has reported that all large-scale grocery retailers in the country have signed up to supporting and highlighting fresh agricultu...