Convenience store chain Carrefour Express has opened a pilot store in Brussels according to a new concept, which features fresh produce and organic food and tests the water for more 'blurring'.
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Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo has exceeded all expectations with its first three stores in Belgium: each of the stores is reported to have had average weekly turnovers of 350,000 euros. Jumbo however chose not to confirm the results.
Is Ursula von der Leyen bringing the Nutri-Score food label and robots to the entire European Union? Sustainability is high on the agenda of the new European President and her team, and that means "consuming and trading differently".
Halfway through the financial year, Belgian market leader Colruyt Group is doing well: its comparable turnover, its gross margin and its market share are on the up. However, profit did fall as a result of one-off events.
Swedish fashion retailer H&M has started offering home deliveries by bike. The chain's Dutch customers are the very first to have the choice of having their orders delivered by bicycle courier.
Black Friday has a new spin-off: ‘Make up your mind Monday', the day which sees the most returns from bargain hunters who regret their decisions. It signals a major problem, as returns in the holiday season cost retailers several billions.
Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba has released more details about the investments that logistics subsidiary Cainiao has planned for the Belgian Liège Airport. It claims to have invested than 100 million euros in the project, which should create 900 direct jobs.
Ikea has taken a minority stake in Optoro, an American start-up that develops software aimed at making returns more efficient. The investment fits in with the objective of the Swedish retailer to be a circular company by 2030.
The historical shareholders of Belgian bakery chain Le Pain Quotidien have bought out Norac, which owned about a quarter of the shares. Former CEO Vincent Herbert will temporarily take over the management of the company.
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The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that 'balsamic' is not a protected concept and therefore not exclusively Italian. The verdict is a blow to the professional association of vinegar makers from the Modena region.
French sports chain Decathlon has acquired Dutch hockey brand Dita from All Weather Sports. The former owner will retain control over the distribution of Dita products to hockey specialist stores.
The ongoing efforts of the consortium surrounding real estate investor X+Bricks to win over Metro's Real chain appear to be bearing fruit. The German wholesaler has confirmed that it has started exclusive negotiations with the consortium, to be completed by the end of January.
Irish Primark has said it will expand to Slovakia in 2022, with a shop in the Eurovea shopping centre in the capital Bratislava. The Central European country will then become the fifteenth market for the fashion discounter.
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French luxury group Kering (Gucci) has been rumoured to make a bid on Italian clothing and lifestyle company Moncler. The expensive down coats producer would be the latest target in a continuing war with archrivals LVMH.
Marks & Spencer has rolled out vertical farm units in seven stores in London. The British department store chain grows fresh herbs in connected mini-greenhouses.
Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize is starting a pilot project aimed at consumers in a hurry, but with a craving for healthy food. Deliveroo and Takeaway.com couriers will deliver healthy orders (with Nutri-Score A, B or C) from stores in Antwerp and Brussels.
Next year, Belgo-Dutch retailer Ahold Delhaize intends to buy back another one billion euros of its own shares. This means that the supermarket group will continue its long-standing tradition for at least another year.
Dutch drugstore chain Etos is to start selling through webshop bol.com. With this move, both Ahold Delhaize subsidiaries are looking to strengthen their synergies.
Forget FedEx or UPS: Amazon is the world's largest logistics company. As a result of this focus, Amazon is also the quickest parcel delivery company in the United States.
Australians are buying fewer Christmas gifts this year, and opting for more useful and inclusive gifts. Here, too, 'more sustainable' gifts for the end of the year period are a growing trend, because things have reached their peak.
The United States has once again threatened to impose additional import duties on certain French products. The additional taxes (up to 100 %) are a retaliation for the digital tax that France has introduced.
According to initial estimates, American consumers have spent around 9.4 billion dollars (8.5 billion euros) on online purchases on Cyber Monday. That day has now broken the Black Friday record and becomes be the second biggest bargain day of the year.
France is considering banning Black Friday under the French anti-waste law, even though a new record of 57 million card payments was reached this year - compared to just 50 million last year.
Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M has opened a new flagshipstore in Stockholm, where it trials sustainable initiatives. The most remarkable one is a fashion rental service, but the store also features a repair service and a beauty salon.
Famous British footwear designer Terry de Havilland has died at the age of 81. His creations were worn by stars like Amy Winehouse, Marianne Faithfull, David Bowie, Cher and Kate Moss.
Danish fashion group Bestseller (Jack & Jones, Vero Moda, Only) has increased its turnover by 7 % in its financial year 2018/19. However, due to major investments, the profit was lower than a year earlier.
Barry Callebaut, the world's largest chocolate producer, has grown significantly in recent years and intends to keep following the same path. CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique says his company is investing hundreds of millions in Belgium alone.
Dutch chain Hema and French Franprix are going to expand their collaboration, which started in August. The number of Franprix stores in which the Hema range gets its own corner, will be quadrupled.
Belgian bakery and restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien is considering a thorough reorganisation of the shareholder structure. However, there are still several options for its practical implementation.
Brand manufacturers are making the supply chain unnecessarily complex and are undermining all the advantages of the European single market, says Ahold Delhaize CEO Frans Muller. He calls for greater transparency and for unified prices in Europe.
Action is writing one of the most spectacular growth stories of any foreign distributor in France. The discount chain opened its first French store in 2012, and only seven years later it already reached the milestone of five hundred stores.
The Dutch branch of the Hudson's Bay department store chain has requested deferment of payment. It is unclear whether the stores will remain open until the intended date, 31 December.
Mud Jeans, a pioneer in the leasing of jeans, has opened its first physical store in the Netherlands. Customers can try on all of the jeans, but they can't buy them: if you want a pair of jeans, you'll get it sent to your home afterwards.
The differences in prices between the supermarket chains in Belgium are increasing, consumer organisation Test-Aankoop found out. Market leader Colruyt and Dutch Albert Heijn are on top, while Delhaize, Carrefour and Makro see the top two speed away.