Netherlands news

14 June 2018
Having introduced its cashless tap to go payment system at smaller Albert Heijn to go stores, the Dutch retailer will trial a solution at larger stores in Utrecht and Haarlem from June 20th. Three month trial at two larger stores Loyal shoppers will be able to use the retailer’s Appie app to scan and shop at Albert Heijn Ella Fitzgeraldplein in Utrecht and Soendaplein in Haarlem for the nex...
30 May 2018
SPAR International has enjoyed ‘ strong, continued growth ’ in 2017, with sales rising 5.3%, on a constant currency basis, to €34.5 bn. SPAR International said its performance had benefited from its continued focus ‘ to grow [its] presence through targeted expansion, and to drive retail development through expanding our multi-format retail strategy ’. Sustained expansion underpinning results ...
23 May 2018
Dutch drugstore chain Kruidvat, owned by A.S. Watson, plans to open a pop-up store in Palamós this summer. Pop-up store to open for several weeks Kruidvat is reviewing the range it will carry at a pop-up store, which it plans to open for several weeks in August. Typically, pop-up stores are used to test demand and attract new suppliers. While the retailer has previously allude...
17 May 2018
Dutch market leader Albert Heijn continues to raise the bar with new store concepts and range innovation. We round up five of the latest developments. 1. New concept fresh store with a focus on fresh Albert Heijn has opened a new concept store in Hoofdorp. The store brings to life some of the retailer’s latest innovations in concepts and range, with a focus on fresh. Among other features...
09 May 2018
Ahold Delhaize has reported its 2018 Q1 results, with net sales increasing by 2.5% at constant exchange rates to €14.9bn. Net income increased by 15% to €407m. USA: growth of 2.1% to €8.8bn In the USA, which accounts for around 60% of total turnover, Ahold Delhaize net sales increased by 2.1% at constant exchange rates to €8.8bn. During this period, comparable sales grew across banners , e...
30 April 2018
Ahold Delhaize has partnered with the Innovation Centre for Artificial Intelligence to launch an Artificial Intelligence (AI) laboratory, AIRlab, which has opened at Amsterdam Science Park. Researching algorithms that can make recommendations and manage goods flows Within the partnership, ‘seven PhDs will conduct research into socially responsible algorithms that can be used to make recomm...
26 April 2018
We round up three digital innovations that retailers are using to make the in-store experience more personalised and efficient. Albert Heijn integrates loyalty scheme into scan and shop… Albert Heijn has upgraded the functionality of its scan and shop system, adding the option for loyal shoppers to see their personal offers on the hand scanner itself. Source:...
05 April 2018
Ahold Delhaize has announced it will appoint a new CEO and a new Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Despite the changes at the top of the retailer, it is expected that its medium-term strategy will remain the same, ensuring continuity for its operations and for suppliers. Dick Boer to step down as CEO Ahold Delhaize’s CEO, Dick Boer, has held the position since July 2016, when Ahold and Del...
04 April 2018
Netherlands-based Albert Heijn has revealed, as part of its sustainability report, that its increasing focus on health has filtered down into its ranges and in the way it activates the issue with shoppers. Meanwhile, in separate developments the retailer has said it will expand its ‘tap and go’ technology further, while also launching ‘Product Pitch 2018’ to discover innovative products. Alber...
21 March 2018
We round up the latest news from the Netherlands as high street discount chain Normal enters the market, while Jumbo’s Commercial Director is appointed as MD of Kruidvat. Normal expands to the Netherlands Danish high street discount chain Normal is to enter the Netherlands, its first market outside of the Nordics. Its market entry is set to take place in Utrecht on 5th May. After this, No...