Latest Intelligence on Convenience Stores and Traditional Grocers 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 needs to step up its efforts to expand into the convenience sector

UK grocery retailer Morrisons has been slow in launching its convenience format, with just 12 stores opened in 18 months. Despite being poised to open a new fulfillment center, and acquiring seven sites, the pace is still far too slow for its convenience proposition to be a success.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Feb 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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Boots: going back for seconds in the convenience food sector?

Following the announcement of its partnership with Walgreens earlier in June, it has been confirmed that Boots has been in talks with Irish retail and wholesale group Musgrave, which runs the Budgens and Londis symbol groups in the UK. This news comes after Boots and Waitrose decided to end their partnership earlier this year, which is currently being phased out.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 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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Retail locations: out-of-town remains the prime location for retail growth

Over the last 10 years, out-of-town has consistently outperformed both town center and neighborhood, with average annual growth of 2.5% between 2004 and 2009, compared with 1.4% for neighborhood and 0.2% in town centers. Verdict expects out-of-town to continue to outperform due to food & grocery reliance, its relevance as a click & collect point, and the entrance of new retailers to the sector.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Nov 2010
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Stokes: closure hints at wider troubles faced by independent food specialists

The collapse of Stokes greengrocers has brought to light the difficult market conditions in which food specialists are currently operating, as multiples and symbol groups expand in neighborhood locations. As traditional players fight to maintain relevance, Verdict believes that survival in the convenience market will depend on differentiation and specialization.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2010

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