Opinion on Convenience Stores, Neighborhood Stores and Gas Stations in Europe

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Tesco: expanding the convenience offering at its UK service station shops

Supermarket giant Tesco is running a trial of its One-Stop brand at its Dudley and Cannock service stations, with plans for a full roll-out across its 440 forecourt sites upon the trial's conclusion. However, although the One-Stop format will expand Tesco's convenience offering at its fuel outlets, it may not necessarily help Tesco benefit from the growing food service opportunity.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Feb 2010
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UK retail loyalty schemes: an increasingly powerful weapon

Barclaycard's announcement of the forthcoming launch of its Freedom loyalty scheme is a reflection of the increasing use of such initiatives by UK retailers. Loyalty programs can act as important footfall drivers and the data derived from them can allow for important consumer insight. However, it is important that their use is made attractive to consumers and retailers alike.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2010
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Carrefour: consolidating its Italian fascias

As part of its strategy to unite its brands across its entire European network and boost flagging sales in Italy, Carrefour plans to reformat all GS and DiperDi stores in Italy to Carrefour Market and Carrefour Express outlets, respectively. The retailer hopes that the outperformance of the convenience sector and its strong brand will help to lead Carrefour Express to success.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Dec 2009
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Carrefour: extending its new convenience concept to the mountains

Europe's largest retailer, Carrefour, will launch a new convenience fascia in December 2009 called Carrefour Montagne. The new concept will follow the grocer's City and Contact formats but will be adapted to fit the French alpine market. The mountain concept adds to its growing Carrefour branded convenience base and underlines the potential of leveraging the brand's strength across all formats.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2009
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Shell and Waitrose: the beginning of the end for oil-company-branded shops?

Shell is to trial a number of Waitrose 'food-to-go' and convenience products at three of its sites in the UK. While this collaboration may prove to be a success for both companies, it may also serve to devalue both brands. In addition, the emergence of another oil company and supermarket partnership again raises the question about the ability of fuel retailers to compete with their own shop brand.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2009
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Temma: organic growth in Germany

The Temma market and deli concept store, opened in Cologne, Germany by Rewe, will retail organic and locally produced food and have a large cafe area. Although the format follows the trend of other German grocers launching organic private label ranges due to increased consumer demand for such goods, higher prices and a niche target market mean potential rollouts will need to be assessed closely.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Dec 2009
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fuelGenie: Tesco and Morrison sites compete for UK fuel card business

Atos Origin's newly launched business fuel card, fuelGenie, will be accepted at Tesco and Morrison-branded stations, which combined represent 8% of the UK's service station network. While the card serves to highlight supermarkets' price competitiveness, it is unlikely to appeal to larger fleets that rely on major transit routes.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Nov 2009
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Billa: grabbing a share of the food-to-go market

Billa, the Rewe-owned supermarket chain, has opened its first Billa Box convenience store in Vienna, Austria, which will offer food and drink to go. The concept will compete directly with existing food-to-go operators, allowing the retailer to capture a new demographic of customers. The originality of the format places Billa at the forefront of the small convenience store market in the country.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Nov 2009
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WH Smith: sales down, profits up

For the year to August 31, 2009, pre-tax profits for WH Smith increased to GBP82m. Like-for-likes are down 5.0%, with total group sales down 1.0%. Efficient cost control and proposition enhancements will help the company survive challenging times, while focusing on core markets and exceptional growth opportunities will provide fillip to future growth.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Oct 2009
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Metro Group and BP: Polish launch for loyalty card lends a competitive edge

European retail giant Metro Group has launched its multi-brand Payback loyalty card in Poland. The card will be accepted at Metro's hypermarket chain Real and BP service stations, as well as by other companies. The move is expected to be a success: the loyalty card is attractive to consumers and provides companies with additional insight not available from a single-brand loyalty scheme.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Oct 2009

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