The Netherlands continues to keep up appearances, with Coop reaching 300 stores and counting, and Ahold Delhaize choosing a procurement partner. Meanwhile, major food brands get supportive on Twitter. Read on, share, and enjoy!




Wednesday, 06 February 2019





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The Netherlands continues to keep up appearances, with Coop reaching 300 stores and counting, and Ahold Delhaize choosing a procurement partner. Meanwhile, major food brands get supportive on Twitter. Read on, share, and enjoy!

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Europe


Coop milestone ▪ The Dutch supermarket chain Coop has reached its 300th store. The store is a rebranded EMTÉ outlet in Kootwijkerbroek, one of the 51 EMTÉ markets Coop acquired last year. The retailer is working at top speed, converting the rest and opening other new locations.



Russian moves ▪ Letterone, the investment group controlled by Russia's Mikhail Fridman is gearing up for an EUR 300 million bid for Spanish supermarket chain DIA. Conglomerate X5 Retail Group has more funds for its operations after the placement of EUR 65 million in bonds.



New deals ▪ Dutch retail giant Ahold Delhaize has selected software firm Zycus to source its procurement restructure. Online grocer Ocado is staying quiet over the possibility of a deal with major retailer Marks and Spencer.




United States and Canada


Amazon update ▪ The online giant has a new board member in Rosalind Brewer, a veteran COO of Starbucks. The retailer is also adding another weapon to its arsenal of baby-gear, a Baby Skill Activity API that allows users to update and check in on baby care software via Alexa.



Canadian input ▪ Record store chain Sunrise is taking over 100 of struggling fellow HMV's UK outlets. Sunrise bought HMV's Canadian leg in 2017, and will acquire the majority of the retailer's UK stores, with the remaining 27 to close.



Loyalty success ▪ Discount major Target has a new loyalty programme Target Circle, and has decided to increase its spread to stores in several states after a successful initial trial. The programme offers a 1% discount accrued on all purchases among other perks, including a birthday present.




Asia and Australia


Big decision ▪ Due to the recent FDI regulations in India, it is possible retail major Walmart may pull out of e-commerce venture Flipkart, according to a finance expert.



Internet business ▪ In a multimillion dollar arrangement, Australian telco firm Optus is set to provide supermarket giant Coles with NBN internet. The deal is a bid of faith in the government's controversial NBN internet service, and follows a similar deal with Coles rival Woolworths.



Convenient dining ▪ Major Japanese convenience store chain Family Mart is bringing out a new meal programme providing discount meals to local customers. The programme will provide packaged meals and activities to families, and will be implemented in around 2,000 stores.




Progressive and entertaining


Online world ▪ A recent survey shows the purchase patterns of e-commerce customers: 30% of US consumers buy homeware online, with a preference towards buying online and picking up in store. Also, faith in visual searches is skyrocketing.



Funky foods ▪ Dutch grocer Jumbo is getting fancy for easter, revealing five new upmarket easter egg flavours including white stracciatella and milk peanut butter. The United State's Superbowl also gave way to a twitter storm over the emotional wellbeing of flavoured fruit drink SunnyD.