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

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Shell MasterCard cash-back rewards slashed

Citi and Shell have announced that cash-back rates are to be slashed on their co-branded Shell MasterCard, with fuel rates cut from 3% to 1%. As the card is no longer being issued, Shell is now looking to its loyalty scheme rather than its credit card to improve customer allegiance, although this may prove tricky as UK fuel customers are notoriously disloyal and price-conscious.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Sep 2009
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Maxol: maximizing its convenience offer through Spar

Maxol's partnership with Spar will lead to the rebranding of all company-owned Maxol service station shops to the Spar brand, in addition to Spar parent the Henderson Group converting 13 of its sites to the Maxol brand. This will allow both retailers to strengthen their positions in the market, and the addition of such a well established group as Spar will help to drive footfall to Maxol's sites.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Sep 2009
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Spar: capitalizing on resilience of convenience store retailing

Spar has posted a healthy set of results for the three months to July 2009, with like-for-like sales up 5.2% and total sales increasing 8.1%. Responding to growing competition from multiples entering the neighborhood sphere and increased consumer demand for convenience, Spar has enhanced its proposition through a re-launch of its own-brand and fresh food ranges.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Sep 2009
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Waitrose: expanding its convenience offer

Waitrose has announced plans to open up to 300 new convenience stores and strengthen its ties with the health and beauty retailer Boots. The two retailers will trial selling each other's ranges, with Waitrose supplying food to Boots and Boots providing Waitrose with a health and wellbeing range. With the convenience market consolidating, the time is right for Waitrose to expand.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 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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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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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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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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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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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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