Secretary-general Geoffroy Gersdorff has left Carrefour Belgium to take up a new position at the global headquarters of the retailer in Massy (near Paris). He becomes director of goods and purchasing food, with immediate effect.
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Belgian supermarket chain Colruyt is taking a stand against one of its biggest suppliers: empty spaces on the beverage shelves are appearing where products from Coca-Cola used to be. This is the result of an escalating conflict between the soft drinks producer and European purchasing alliance Agecore. What is going on in the background?
The European purchasing alliance Agecore is increasing the pressure on soft drink producer Coca-Cola. After Intermarché and Netto in France and Edeka in Germany, Belgian Colruyt is now also joining the boycott.
There are strong indications that Dutch chain De Bijenkorf has plans for a French version of its web shop. A number of vacancies published by the luxury department store chain point in that direction.
Swiss retailer Migros has sold its department store chain Globus to a joint venture of Austrian Signa and the Central Group from Thailand. The Austrians are building a department store empire throughout Europe, after acquiring (amongst others) Kaufhaus and Karstadt.
Zalando has expanded its loyalty program Zalando Plus to French consumers. Initially, however, the service is only available in Paris.
The collaboration between Dutch chains Jumbo and Hema, which they had already announced in November last year, started this morning with a festive ceremony in the Jumbo Food Market in Breda. Other stores in the Netherlands and Belgium will follow soon.
Lidl is rolling out its Lidl Plus loyalty app to Belgium. The programme provides customers with extra benefits, such as promotions via digital coupons. A payment option is in the pipeline.
Organic food chain Sequoia, owned by the French BBG group since last year, has been certified as a carbon-neutral company. The chain says this is a Belgian first.
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FMCG giant Unilever continues to invest in ways to sell its ice cream brands Ben & Jerry's and Magnum directly to consumers. To this end, it is setting up a logistics network of around a thousand locations. The multinational also wants to explore the possibility of delivery by drone.
Felipe Dutra, CFO at the world's biggest brewery group AB InBev and trusted deputy of CEO Carlos Brito for the last fifteen years, has stepped down. The departure does not come as a surprise and is part of a wider restructuring at the top of the beer giant.
German supermarket chains such as Edeka and Rewe have achieved stronger growth figures in 2019 than hard discounters Aldi and Lidl. Which lessons are there to learn from this remarkable feat?
In France, dozens of companies (including giants like Carrefour and Danone) have signed a pact to change their approach to expiry dates. The initiative came from the Danish app Too Good To Go, which aims to combat food waste.
The very first event that RetailDetail organises at its new headquarters in Antwerp's Stadsfeestzaal shopping centre, has turned out to be an instant hit: all available tickets have been sold out.
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The owner of the New York Stock Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange, has issued a bid of thirty billion dollars for eBay. It is not the first time that the stock exchange company has shown interest in the bidding site.
Even Ikea is having a hard time in the declining British market: in Coventry, in the centre of England, Ikea is forced to permanently close its store. 352 employees lose their jobs.
Eyewear brand Ace & Tate has opened a store on Antwerp's luxury shopping street Schuttershofstraat. The interior has been decorated with recycled plastic waste, in an attempt to lower its carbon footprint.
French payment solution provider Worldline has acquired its compatriot and competitor Ingenico for 7.8 billion euros to form the world's fourth company in the field. The deal is partly paid in shares.
Owner JAB wants to float Jacobs Douwe Egberts to the stock exchange this spring, and has asked two banks to guide the process.
LVMH's Bernard Arnault is convinced that no e-commerce player can make a profit from online fashion sales at all, but is he right? We took a look at the biggest fashion platforms.
Two out of every three webshops do not abide by the most fundamental European consumer laws, says a survey that was ordered by the European Commission. Most of them do not apply or display the correct rules concerning the right to withdraw from a contract, the two year guarantee period, or pricing.
Three supermarket chains (Carrefour Market, Colruyt and Aldi) top the list of 100 largest Belgian store chains in terms of retail space. Shoe chain Bristol is rising fast, as are Lapperre, Oh'Green and Maxi Toys. In terms of number of stores, the banks are still in the lead.
Jumbo is going one step further in its conquest of Belgium: the Dutch supermarket chain now eyes Vilvoorde or Zaventem, in the Brussels Periphery. Hasselt and Lommel, in the province of Limburg, are numbers fifteen and sixteen on Jumbo's list of Belgian locations.
Sainsbury’s, the United Kingdom's second biggest supermarket chain, promises to become carbon neutral by 2040. Moreover, it pledges to invest a billion pounds to reach that target.
The chains belonging to French retail group Les Mousquetaires, including Intermarché and Netto, have had a strong year in which they saw turnover increase by 2.2 %.
Contrary to earlier reports, Unilever has now announced it will look into divesting its tea branch - including such brands as Lipton - as the FMCG giant suffered major blows in 2019.
Leslie Wexner, the owner of L Brands, could be looking for a buyer for his lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret. At the same time, he would consider stepping down as CEO.
As of 1 February, C&A will have a new Managing Director Germany as Eric Andrew Brenninkmeijer takes the baton from Jean-Marie Malbranke. This puts in motion a series of musical chairs, with its influence on the Benelux.
Coca-Cola has had a strong fourth quarter: sales were higher than expected, driven by the demand for soft drinks, flavoured cola and Fuze Tea.
Earlier this week, the Dutch Maxeda DIY Group has joined the Arena Alliance for the purchasing of DIY, garden, and decoration items. It is the eighth do-it-yourself retailer to join the European purchasing group.
Fruit and veg producer Greenyard and supermarket chain Delhaize have started their collaboration that was announced last year. Greenyard will soon be delivering 80 % of all fruit at the supermarket chain.
Bernard Arnault says he will continue to refuse selling his fashion house LVMH's products on Amazon. The CEO says platforms like Amazon enable the sale of fake products, and goes on to say that this way, they indirectly support organised crime and even terrorism.
Competing eyewear retailers are concerned about the acquisition of GrandVision by industry giant EssilorLuxottica. They have voiced their grievances to the European Commission, which has yet to approve the takeover.
Amazon was able to boost its turnover in the last quarter of 2019: strong Christmas sales and a surge in Prime subscribers made sure quarterly results were significantly better than expected.
Helena Helmersson has been appointed as new CEO of H&M, the Swedish fashion chain announced at the same time as its (good-looking) annual results. Her predecessor, Karl-Johan Persson, will be chairing the board of directors from now on.