Germany news 

16 July 2021
Lidl and Kaufland’s parent company, Schwarz Group, has released its 2020/21 financial results. The group enjoyed strong growth of 9.6%, taking its total sales to €125.3 bn. Lidl continues to drive the group’s sales, advancing by 9.9%, while Kaufland posted an increase of 7.5%. Lidl reinforces its position as Europe’s largest retailer Lidl’s total sales reached €96.3 bn, which will mean it w...
12 July 2021
As Rewe trials an autonomous delivery vehicle and invests further in the digitalisation of its operations, we look at four developments from the retailer. Rewe trials self-driving convenience store In conjunction with Vodafone, Rewe is testing, until September 2021, a self-driving convenience store, under the Snack Mobil brand, on the Carlswerk trade campus in Cologne, according to reports ...
10 June 2021
As Edeka increases its stake in Picnic, sells off its Bringmeister delivery service and launches a new private label range, we round up news from the retailer. Edeka increases its stake in Picnic… Edeka has increased its stake in Picnic, without releasing details about how much of the latter business it now owns. Before this increase Edeka owned a 10% stake in Picnic and a 35% share of it...
07 June 2021
Between its opening of a ‘supermarket of the future’ and its partnership with quick commerce company Flink, Germany-based Rewe is implementing strategies to help it continue to win in the long term. Rewe opens sustainability-focused supermarket… Rewe has opened a sustainable, 1,500 sq. m ‘supermarket of the future’ in Wiesbaden-Erbenheim as part of a pilot project for its new generation of ...
07 June 2021
Lidl has become the first retailer to test the Eco-Score in the Netherlands and Germany. The Eco-Score measures the environmental impact of food products and while it is still at an early stage it could have a direct impact on future product development for retailers and suppliers. What is the Eco-Score? The Eco-Score is a five-level product label, classifying products from A (low) to E (hi...
20 May 2021
Following the opening of its frictionless store with Trigo technology , we round up three further store innovations from the Rewe Group. Rewe and EG Group trial new store concept in Germany Rewe and the EG Group have announced they are to trial a new concept under the Rewe Express brand at four Esso petrol stations in Munich and Freiburg. The first store has opened in Munich, with the ot...
07 May 2021
Rewe has opened a ‘grab-and-go’-focused store in Cologne, which uses technology from Israel-based computer vision company Trigo. Store to open initially to Rewe staff and loyalty cardholders Rewe and Trigo said the store, which is on Zeppelinstraße, close to Cologne’s Neumarkt, will only be open to the retailer’s employees and loyalty cardholders. The companies are planning for the store to...
06 May 2021
We round up the latest online grocery news in the Nordics where: Sweden’s ICA has opened its first warehouse in partnership with Ocado Salling Group has launched online at its føtex banner in Copenhagen Salling Group has opened its first automated click and collect point Norway’s Kolonial has secured a €223m investment to rebrand and expand in Europe Many of these developme...
06 May 2021
As Carrefour Belgium opens its first distribution centre following its partnership with Food-X technologies and Rewe and Albert Heijn trial new last mile delivery solutions, we round up ecommerce developments from across Europe. Carrefour Belgium’s new ecommerce DC starts operations Following on from its announcement in Q3 2020 , Carrefour Belgium’s new distribution centre, which was bui...
04 May 2021
Germany-based Edeka generated sales of €61 bn in 2020, a rise of 9.5%, or €5.3 bn, on the previous year. The performance was driven by COVID-19, which saw it position itself as a responsible grocer, while it also added new stores across its major banners. Strength across banners… Edeka branded stores generated sales worth €33.1 bn, a rise of more than €4 bn on 2019’s figure, with 82 new sto...