Ahold Delhaize news

12 May 2015
Away from the retailer’s continuing discussions with Delhaize about a possible merger, Ahold-owned businesses in the Netherlands and US announce a number of management changes, its chief executive for the Czech Republic says that its operations in the country will be profitable soon, and its online Peapod subsidiary expands its coverage, we round up the news from the retailer. Ahold Czech Republ...
12 May 2015
Ahold and Delhaize Group have confirmed that they have begun preliminary discussions that could lead to a merger of the two groups. The merger would create a retailer with revenues of around €60bn and 6,600 outlets, with c.57% of revenues generated and a third of stores in the US. Indeed, US operations could potentially benefit most from this move. Synergies in the US as retailers approach dea...
05 May 2015
As Netherlands-based Ahold’s US operations update the look and feel of its stores and looks to trial a new, fresh-focused format, we round up news from the retailer. Giant/Martin’s relaunches bakery offer Supermarket News has reported that Ahold’s Giant/Martin’s banner is looking to place the spotlight even more on one of the banner’s hero categories, bakery, through the updating of its...
22 April 2015
Speaking at the company’s annual general meeting last week, Ahold’s chief executive, Dick Boer, discussed its successful 2014 performance and looked at its medium term strategy for growth. We review five key points that stood out from the presentation. 1. Reshaping retailing strategy to remain In contrast to a number of other leading global retailers who have changed or been forced to adapt...
13 April 2015
In an interview with RP Online, Mathias Gehle, Albert Heijn’s MD for Germany, has said that the Ahold-owned Albert Heijn to Go chain is looking to add new stores in Germany in 2015 and will be looking to target convenient locations such as petrol stations, hospitals and universities. Expansion back on the agenda after slow start On the opening of the retailer’s first Albert Heijn to Go stor...
08 April 2015
As Ahold-owned Albert Heijn looks to spotlight its differences in its home market of the Netherlands, through its addition of ‘organic shop-in-shops’ and free delivery with its online offer, and the appointment of a president at its Stop & Shop New England division, we round up the news from the retailer. Albert Heijn opens 850 ‘organic stores’ Albert Heijn has opened a pop-up shop to spot...
19 March 2015
In increasingly competitive environments, retailers and manufacturers are looking to offer innovative promotions in order to stand out from the crowd. In this article, IGD senior retail analyst Harriet Cohen highlights five of our favourite promotions from 2014, and those that we think are likely to extend into 2015. Har...
16 March 2015
As Netherlands-based Ahold looks to build on its successful operations in Belgium, the retailer has announced that it has opened its first three pick up points in the market and further adapted its range to local tastes. Building online skill and scale in Belgium As announced at its Online Event in the fourth quarter, Albert Heijn has opened its first three pick-up points in Belgium, extendin...
04 March 2015
As Ahold launches a new loyalty card and prepares for the launch of its online offer in Belgium, its chief executive discusses its existing online skill and scale in the Netherlands and its recently appointed chief executive for Albert Heijn in the Netherlands discusses his thoughts on how the retailer can move forward, we round up news from the retailer. Albert Heijn’s new chief executive set...
03 March 2015
As Ahold US begins to implement the third stage of its ‘Project Thunder’ initiative, launches an international line of private label products and announces management changes, we round up the news from the retailer. ‘Project Thunder’ to see revamp of produce departments Ahold has launched the third stage of its ‘Project Thunder’ strategy, which will see it place a focus on ‘a comprehensive...