Latest Intelligence on Convenience Stores, Neighborhood Stores and Gas Stations in France

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ResearchWire

Commercial fuel retail: fuel cards lead the way in Europe

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

French loyalty cards: S'Miles better for Shell

Groupe Caisse d'Epargne has joined Shell in S'Miles, a major syndicated retail loyalty card scheme in France. The French retail bank will represent a welcome addition to the scheme for Shell, increasing the number of card touch points for its customers in a market where an independent loyalty card may not be the best route for the fuel retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Forecourts: France authorizes biofuel but more carrot needed

France has joined a number of other countries in approving the commercial sale of biofuels, with the French government stating that it hopes to see biofuel's share of total motor fuel consumption rise to 7% by 2010. However, legislation alone is not enough. Given the need to convince retailers to provide biofuels, and the attendant costs, the uptake of biofuels also needs to be consumer-driven.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jan 2007
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Expert View

Rompetrol launches brand new name in French fuel retailing

Rompetrol has announced that it is to apply the Rompetrol brand to a French highway service station and plans to use it as a test case before further rollout of the name. This step is certainly prudent but, ultimately, the price of the fuel and the location of the chosen sites will be the core drivers of its retail success, with the brand having minimal bearing on motorists' decision to visit.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Apr 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Casino's diversification drives growth

Casino had a buoyant year in 2008, with sales rising 14.9% to E28.7 billion and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization up 8.5% to E1.9 billion. Diversification played a fundamental role in this success, allowing the company to cater to changing consumer behavior in France. The group's multi-format, international spread should help it to weather the current economic storm.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Mar 2009
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French service station network to consolidate in near term

With players such as TOTAL and Shell planning to close sites in rural areas, the French service station network could see a 7% contraction over the next two years. The closures, incited by environmental protection regulations, may require fuel retailers to focus more on non-fuel offerings in order to balance out the increased cost of refueling.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2010
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Auchan: poor hypermarket performance pulls down revenues

Following a challenging year in 2009, French grocer Auchan has reported a marginal rise in sales, driven by its stores abroad. Weak domestic sales and a flagging hypermarket format have prompted the retailer to develop new store formats to meet consumer demand for low prices. Repositioning the hypermarket will prove to be a cost-effective strategy that will boost sales of the format going forward.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2010
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Contactless payment technology: at service stations in France and Germany

Fuel retailer Orlen has begun rolling out contactless payment terminals at its service stations in Germany, while in France, Carrefour has announced that it will be deploying readers throughout its entire network. Contactless payments offer benefits such as reduced transaction times and higher convenience, which should give these players a significant competitive edge in the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
11 May 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Chronodrive: launching a new urban click and collect format for pedestrians

Online suburban warehouse grocer Chronodrive has announced plans to launch a new urban collection point in Lille. This will be the first time Chronodrive has targeted pedestrians and cyclists hoping to purchase a smaller number of items online. The new urban format holds potential to further develop click and collect services in France, by widening their appeal beyond just motorists.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Dec 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

Auchan: targeting demand for convenience with new urban hypermarket concept

Auchan has launched a new city center large store format in France that looks set to fulfill consumers' growing demands for convenience. The format, which complements Auchan's existing French portfolio of hypermarkets and out of town click and collect warehouses, looks capable of competing with competitors' initiatives to target urban consumers due to its superior range and its focus on freshness.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Apr 2011

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