Latest Intelligence on Convenience Stores in Europe

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Why omnichannel cannot save the high street

An omnichannel approach is essential for retail chains, but click & collect will not stop the online channel's squeeze on the high street.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Apr 2013
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Morrisons must pick up the pace as like-for-like trading drops back

Morrisons has been left behind in the race for food & grocery market share with its continued relaxed approach to both multi-channel and convenience expansion.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Sep 2012
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Ahold: AH To Go will need to differentiate itself to succeed in its new German market

Dutch grocer Ahold plans to open its AH To Go format in Germany in 2012. The retailer is targeting busy transport hubs and will compete with other emerging food-to-go players, including Rewe. However, the extremely saturated market will give Ahold little room for maneuver, and it will therefore have to prove that it has the innovative edge required to thrive in such a competitive market.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2011
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BP: tackling inconsistency across its dealer network

BP is offering a new convenience store fascia to its independent dealers in a bid to develop a consistent brand and shop offer across its entire company-branded retail network in the UK. The new dealer offer, BP Essentials, should help the company raise the profile of its overall convenience retail business while also strengthening its relationship with its dealers.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Aug 2011
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Carlsberg: new PET pack targets impulse sales

Carlsberg UK is to re-package Carlsberg Export in 500ml PET bottles in an exclusive launch for Sainsbury's Local stores. The company has identified untapped potential in chilled beer and is looking to build impulse sales. With technical problems relating to the packaging now having been addressed, Carlsberg is seeking to attract more casual buyers while retaining its premium status.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Aug 2011
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Are UK consumers fully convinced by forecourt shops?

Given the rising top-up shopping trend, the UK's convenience retail industry is expanding rapidly. However, fuel retailers have not been able to fully exploit the opportunity, and their efforts thus far have been inadequate in changing consumers' unfavorable perceptions of forecourt shops.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2011
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Carrefour: in search of profit through Spanish private label range

Europe's largest retailer, Carrefour, has announced the launch of its value private label range in Spain. The entry level products will meet the high demand for private label goods as well as local produce among Spanish shoppers. Moreover, it will help Carrefour to minimize the impact of deflation on its margins, boosting group profits and improving customer perceptions of the brand.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2010
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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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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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Sainsbury: catering for savvy shoppers boosts sales

For the 52 weeks to March 21, 2009, Sainsbury's total sales increased to GBP20.4 billion, up 5.7% compared to 2008, and 4.5% on a like-for-like basis. Sainsbury's innovative campaigns and range architecture are catering well for the frugal consumer, while long-term plans are laying solid foundations for future growth.

Published By Datamonitor
13 May 2009

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