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Retail trends store visits
How ICA is making big stores great again
Sweden’s market leading retailer ICA provides several fantastic examples of large-format retailing at its best. On our recent trip to Stockholm, we visited three Maxi stores to see how the retailer was investing to make the so-called ‘dying’ format of hypermarkets great again.
Continente: excellence in merchandising
Although the hypermarket concept might be stressed, Continente shows a way forward by creating credibility and authority in general merchandise as well as driving excellence in store design, fresh, merchandising and shopper marketing.
First look: Asda Express
See Asda’s first standalone convenience store, located in Sutton Coldfield, UK, as it attempts to forge a presence in the sector.
'Lab store' tests format thinking at Co-op: Co-op, MediaCity, Salford
The MediaCity store provides access to shopper groups central to Co-op’s ‘Pure Convenience’ strategy, where Co-op can rapidly trial and assess initiatives before wider roll-out.
Inside Rewe, Pick & Go, Cologne, Germany
A review of Rewe’s first Pick & Go concept.
How Lidl is gaining momentum in the US
The US is a challenging market for discounter Lidl. We visited two stores opened in 2022, to see how Lidl is gaining momentum in the market through its in-store offering.
How DESPAR Italy is enhancing the in-store experience
Be inspired by how DESPAR Italy continues to enhance the in-store experience.
Coop Italia’s most inclusive and sustainable store
Understand how Coop Italia launched an autism friendly store concept, while enhancing local activation and sustainability in-store driving shopper awareness.
How Sainsbury’s is aiming to become a beauty destination
In 2018, Sainsbury's looked to take on Boots and Superdrug and become a beauty destination through its beauty transformation programme.
How Carrefour is investing in fresh in Spain
Understand how Carrefour is activating an omnichannel approach in-store, while uplifting its fresh offer and executing sustainability in-store.
Co-op On the Go, Moorgate, London
We visited Co-op’s third ‘on-the-go’ store to see the new concepts that Co-op had introduced, particularly the execution of its new partnerships with Yo! for sushi and iSqueeze for self-serve fresh juice
Coop Norge: unstaffed store and tailored assortment
We spend a day with Coop Norge, visiting some of their latest store concepts. The retailer is currently testing an unstaffed solution at one of its discount store Extra, in Oslo, a first in Norway. It continues to evolve and improve its assortment to align with shopper needs and the market trends.
Walmart, Toronto, Canada
We visited Walmart Canada's new hypermarket concept in Toronto. The new concept is part of Walmart’s hypermarket of the future programme and aims to appeal particularly to younger customers and families.
MENY CC Vest, Oslo, Norway
We recently visited NorgesGruppen-owned Meny CC Vest in Oslo, Norway. The store provides great examples of best-in-class service counter execution, fresh food solutions and food waste reduction initiatives. It combines these elements to create a destination experience and drive differentiation.
Retail execution at Salling Group
We visited Salling Group's banners, Bilka, Netto and føtex, to see how the retailer is tailoring its strategy by format. The stores showcase the retailer's latest thinking in terms of design, shopper missions and local trends.
Normal, Paris, France
A first look at the rapidly growing Danish variety discounter’s first store in France. Normal focuses on health and beauty products with a strategy of everyday low prices and no promotional offers. The range includes mainly branded products sold at prices up to 50% cheaper than the market.
Fooby, Lausanne, Switzerland
We recently visited Coop Switzelrand’s latest premium food concept, Fooby. This is a best in class store in terms of design and immersive shopping experience. It emphasises on sustainable, local, natural, healthy, tastyand artisanal products.
Migros Daily, Zurich, Switzerland
We visited the first 'daily' format in the Zurich region, to see how Migros is using its store to provide shoppers with a wide convenience range and its private label food-to-go range.
Carrefour Mont-Saint-Jean, Belgium
See how Carrefour has evolved its hypermarket in Belgium with an emphasis on food and locally sourced products. We've been impressed with the fresh food area and the many food-to-go solutions. Well executed designs across grocery categories create a much improved shopping journey.