Opinion on Hypermarkets, Supermarkets and Discounters

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Ahold: CEO moves on

Anders Moberg, the architect of Ahold's 'Road to Recovery' program, is leaving the retailer. While the board sees the change in management as coinciding with its next phase of development, the timing of the departure seems odd as the divestment of US Foodservice has not yet been completed. By the end of the year the retailer is set to be a food only operation, but its wider future looks uncertain.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2007
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Ahold: disappointing US figures, much work ahead

Ahold's 2006 results reveal a weak US performance and a large task ahead. Ahold's sales reached E44.9 billion, up 2% on 2005. While the Dutch retailer delivered strong growth in its domestic market, the US business, accounting for 70% of turnover, is struggling. Going forward, Ahold needs to reduce debt, return its US and Czech operations to profitability and divest its US foodservice operation.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Mar 2007
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Ahold: trouble in the US ongoing

Ahold's strong Q4 trading in the Netherlands could not offset the losses incurred in the US, where long running underperformance continued, even though US like-for-like sales declines were clearly exacerbated by a weak dollar. This could prompt activist shareholders Centaurus and Paulson & Co to step up their pressure on the retailer to break up its operations.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Feb 2007
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Aldi celebrates 10 years in Australia

Since entering the Australian market in 2001, German discount retailer Aldi has experienced strong growth. Due to its extensive private label range, locally sourced products, and discount pricing, the company has now gained widespread acceptance, and is a key threat to Coles' and Woolworths' dominance of the Australian retail landscape.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2011
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Aldi courts the green market with adoption of carbon label program

Last month, grocery retailer Aldi became the first retailer in Australia to launch a carbon footprint label in its stores, introducing an everyday olive oil range that features a Carbon Reduction Label. The launch will appeal to the growing number of environmentally conscious Australians, but competing environmental and ethical claims may impact upon its success.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2010
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Aldi: a threat to the Big Four?

The discount retailer has outlined ambitious plans, which include the potential for up to 1,500 stores, in a bid to mount a greater challenge to the dominance of the Big Four. Although its enlarged store estate will help it grab a bigger share of the UK grocery market, stealing customers from the likes of Tesco and Asda will be an arduous task.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jul 2007
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Aldi: aggressive expansion in Australia through profit reinvestment

In the wake of improved net profits in 2009, Aldi has announced further investment in its Australian infrastructure and stores. Investing in the market will enable the discounter to boost market share, and help to reduce the dominance of Woolworths and Coles. Furthermore, Verdict research shows that Australian consumers are particularly responsive to Aldi's core proposition: private label.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Sep 2010
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Aldi: discounter looks set to challenge major players with new European fuel retailing venture

Aldi has entered the fuel retailing market by opening three service stations in the Austrian town of Salzburg, offering heavily discounted fuel. With such a strong brand image and efficient business model, Aldi is likely to extend its petrol retailing presence across Austria and Europe, and may soon pose a challenge to the more established industry players.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jul 2009
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Aldi: rise of the discounters

Aldi's ambitious five-year expansion plan could help it to achieve its long-term goal of 1,500 UK stores, as with a current store portfolio of just under 400 stores, its progress in the UK has been relatively unspectacular. Although major changes to the proposition have boosted sales and shopper numbers, it remains to be seen whether Aldi can become a significant player in the UK grocery market.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jun 2008
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Amazon groceries grab headlines, but shoppers won't be swayed

Amazon is reportedly planning to expand its online grocery service to Los Angeles this month, but will it be a success? The current state of the market dictates no, with limited demand for online grocery and high set-up costs a significant barrier to entry.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2013

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