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French food label Nutri-Score does not only help consumers to make healthier choices, but it actually encourages producers to make their products healthier in order to receive a better score, a Belgian consumer organisation says.
Dutch retailer Jumbo saw its 2019 turnover go up by almost 15 %, fuelled by both the opening of dozens of new stores and a like-for-like growth that exceeded that of the market. Its expansion to Belgium is proving highly successful.
Days after Tesco stopped the production of Christmas cards that were revealed to be made by Chinese forced labourers, H&M will now investigate whether there is forced labour by Chinese prisoners in its supply chain. The accusations come from former journalist Peter Humphrey, who was locked up in such a prison for almost two years.
Looking back at the most popular topics of 2019, we are reminded what an interesting retail year it was… Keep following us in 2020 for more European retail news!
Facebook has quietly acquired Packagd, a start-up specialising in live shopping from videos. It is looking to integrate the feature into its Marketplace platform.
Just weeks after the previous record, last Saturday set a new record number of electronic payments in Belgium. For the full year 2019, the milestone of 2.5 billion transactions was exceeded for the first time.
Dutch bed chain Beter Bed has closed new financing agreements with its banks, after the company was able to significantly reduce its debts. One of the major factors in the debt reduction was the divestment of its German subsidiary, Matratzen Concord.
For the first time in its history, Harrods will venture outside the United Kingdom. The British luxury department store is going to open a store in China, in an attempt to serve the country’s large and wealthy middle class.
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Yesterday, Belgian e-tailer Collect&Go processed almost 20,000 pickups. During the holidays, customers are increasingly opting for the convenience of ordering online, Colruyt Group’s online shopping service says.
British supermarket chain Tesco has immediately stopped the production of Christmas cards in a Chinese factory, because it uses forced labour. In one of the cards sold, a girl from London discovered a cry for help.
On 8 April 2020, Frank van Zanten will become a member of Ahold Delhaize's board of directors. He will then replace Jacques de Vaucleroy, who is retiring.
French supermarket group E.Leclerc strongly believes in the second-hand market: next year, it wants to sell second-hand goods in about a hundred additional branches.
American sports brand Nike had a strong second quarter, in which its sales and profits rose sharply. The brand has improved in all regions, with China as its main driver of growth.
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Swiss food group Nestlé is divesting its cold meat brand Herta: 60 % is sold to Spanish Casa Tarradellas, the rest will be placed in a joint venture Nestlé has founded with the with the Spanish company.
Swedish furniture chain Ikea has opened a pop-up store in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), that wants to attract attention to its smart products. However, the store is more like a showroom, with customers unable to physically purchase and take home the smart products.
Belgian fashion group FNG, best known for its brands Brantano and CKS and its recent acquisition of Swedish home improvement group Ellos, has announced a management reshuffle in which president Eric Verbaere and CFO Nico Bondroit step down for personal reasons.
Electronics chain MediaMarkt wants to open an online market place in May 2020. This would debut in Germany and should make it possible to expand the product range on offer.
Swedish retailer H&M wants to be more transparent about the origin of the clothing it sells, and will offer additional information about this on the website and the app.
Soft drink giant Coca-Cola has created a subscription service, giving fans the chance to taste the latest drinks before they even reach the store. Within a few hours the trial service was fully booked.
According to German sources, C&A is planning to close up to one hundred stores in Germany. The fashion group wants to rehabilitate its most important market through a major restructuring programme.
Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo is continuing its expansion in Belgium: RetailDetail has found out its locations in Ghent and Antwerp - and two more openings also planned in the Antwerp region.
In Brussels, chocolate lovers can immerse themselves in the new C?te d'Or flagship store. And not only themselves: a large chocolate fountain in the shape of an elephant's head is displayed in the shop window.
Seven companies have been fined by the French competition authority for organising in a cartel and dividing the applesauce market between them. Dutch company Coroos, which revealed the existence of the cartel, does not have to pay a fine.
Barely a week after launching a new concept store in Brussels, Carrefour Belgium is at it again with a new city centre concept. Carrefour City hopes to lure in urban customers with organic food, private labels, a sustainable setting and a Carrefour Café.
Zalando has sold streetwear and sportswear retailer Kickz: the German online fashion store feels it no longer needs Kickz, because its own product range has expanded so much in recent years the two overlap significantly.
Food, decorations and health are gradually taking the place of fashion chains on the Belgian high street and in shopping centres. Rents are falling, except for those outlets along main roads. And of course, the dividing line between physical shops and online sales is becoming even more blurred.
Jacobs Douwe Egberts is merging with Peet's Coffee, its American competitor that is also owned by the JAB Holding Company. The idea is to introduce the merger company to the stock exchange.
The number of online purchases and the total online turnover went up for the fifth consecutive year in Belgium: the milestone of 11 billion euros is near.
The Dutch-British FMCG giant Unilever has issued a sales warning due to difficult market conditions in South Asia and West Africa, which are set to continue.
Ceconomy, the parent company of Media Markt and Saturn, has achieved a tiny turnover growth in its previous financial year. Although net profit increased, no dividend will be paid next year as management wants to strengthen the company's equity.
Dutch retailer Hema saw strong online sales increase its third quarter turnover by more than 4 %. The chain also intends to conclude more partnerships in the coming years.
Yves Saint Laurent has to pay its former designer Hedi Slimane more than ten million euros, after he won a court case against his previous employer. And worse may yet be to come for the French fashion house...
In Warsaw, Carrefour has opened a fully automated shop under the sign 'Express 24/7'. The innovative self-service concept is available to customers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In Belgium, the retailer stopped a similar project earlier this year due to technical problems.
Soon after revealing they would start working together closely, Dutch chains Jumbo and Hema have reached an agreement on an intensified commercial cooperation in the Benelux. Over the next three years, Jumbo will take over the leases of fifteen Hema branches in major Dutch cities, and those of two Belgian Hema stores. In addition, all Jumbo supermarkets will start to sell Hema products.