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STORE OF THE WEEK - ALBERT HEIJN

27 May 2016  By: Ray Gaul

STORE OF THE WEEK ALBERT HEIJN – NO CASH STORE – AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS 27 May 2016 Money is evolving – and it always has.  Our ancestors once used salt as a form of exchange.  That seems a long way from the age of Bitcoin but one thing is certain:   ...

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STORE OF THE WEEK - ALBERT HEIJN

27 May 2016  By: Ray Gaul

STORE OF THE WEEK ALBERT HEIJN – NO CASH STORE – AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS 27 May 2016 Money is evolving – and it always has.  Our ancestors once used salt as a form of exchange.  That seems a long way from the age of Bitcoin but one thing is certain:   ...

 
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Ahold’s bfresh announced a partnership with service provider CartFresh to launch online grocery delivery in the Boston area. To promote the launch, bfresh is offering zero delivery fees and no minimum order requirement. This launch comes just seven months after the store opened in Allston, ...

 
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Key trends emerging from Kantar Retail’s April ShopperScape® survey include: Retail spending plans remain steady and have wavered little since the beginning of the year: 86% of all primary household shoppers plan to spend the same or more at retail in the month ahead vs. last year. The ...

 
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In case you missed it, something fascinating is happening in the U.S. grocery channel. As manufacturers in the channel struggle to understand how to tackle an omnichannel world and how to prioritize the eCommerce side of their largest retail partners, more and more grocers have decided to jump ...

 
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eCommerce Plans for 2017

23 May 2016  By: Ray Gaul

European Retailing in the Week Ahead – Week 22 June is just around the corner.  That means that it is annual planning time again.  Each year annual planning presents new challenges related to resource allocation, customer strategies, and financial data/market research requirements.  ...

 
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The elevation of an outsider to lead Target’s merchandising efforts would have been unthinkable a decade ago. But on June 5th, Mark Tritton will join Target’s executive team as only one of several outsiders recently selected to reinvigorate Target with new ideas. Tritton’s ...

 
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Lidl’s Big Spending on Small Stores

17 May 2016  By: Mike Paglia

Much has been made of Lidl’s impending arrival here in the U.S. Often, retailers and suppliers look to Europe to understand Lidl’s go-to-market strategy. They look at the retailer’s stores to understand its approach to pricing, assortment, merchandising, promotion, and so on. ...

 
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On May 10th, 2016, U.S. District Judge Sullivan granted the preliminary injunction requested by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block the merger of Staples and Office Depot. This ends a running battle that started in February 2015, with both companies having stated in recent weeks that ...

 
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After abandoning the category years ago, JCPenney is getting back into the home appliance game in a big way, an announcement that caused a flurry of conversation across our analysts, especially our home improvement team. The plan is to launch around 500 showrooms in its stores by the end of ...

 
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FEMSA continues to move into the Chilean market by purchasing Big John convenience stores. FEMSA Comercial (OXXO) is cash rich and continues to look for markets to invest into for the longer term. On average in their home market of Mexico they open over 1,000 stores a year, but despite comments ...

 
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The Three Battles for Grocery Shoppers

9 May 2016  By: Ray Gaul

European Retailing in the Week Ahead – Week # 20, 2016 At Kantar Retail we start with a simple formula in forecasting retailer performance.  That formula is not very sophisticated nor new but it goes a long way in explaining why retailers behave the way they do. Here it is: Retail ...

 
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Earlier this week I got an opportunity to represent Kantar Retail at a WPP conference in Istanbul. I have always found Istanbul – a city often described as the rendezvous point of Europe and Asia - a special place to visit with mouth-watering cuisine, warm and friendly people, and dynamic ...

 
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Store of the Week: Etos

29 Apr 2016  By: Tiffany Hogan

Store of the Week: Etos Location: Amsterdam Zuid, Netherlands   Etos is a health and beauty retailer that is part of Ahold group, and operates about 530 stores throughout the Netherlands. The name is an acronym for Unity, Dedication, Consultation, and Cooperation, which—in Dutch ...

 
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As much of the country finally makes the turn to spring, shoppers are set to hit home improvement stores to gear up for spring home projects. When it comes to sales growth, we expect a solid first and second quarter across most home improvement channels. But what else can suppliers expect from ...

 
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In case you missed it, this past Friday (April 22nd) was the 46th annual Earth Day. This year’s occasion was especially profound in that it marked the signing of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change by leaders of 175 countries around the world – from the US to China. Despite ...

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