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EU needs to lead in fight against protectionism

(Content provided by EuroCommerce) On the occasion of the European Trade Policy Day today, EuroCommerce urges the European Union to fight against the growing protectionist tendencies everywhere.

Hema returns to profitability

Hema has become profitable again: after improved net losses in the past quarters, the Dutch chain has managed to become profitable again in the third quarter.

Huge third quarter loss for Hudson’s Bay

Canadian Hudson’s Bay suffered a huge loss in its third quarter of 2017. Its turnover also slumped compared to the year before.

Hema opens first Belgian flagship stores based on international formula

Dutch Hema has opened its first Belgian flagship store in Brussels, based on its international store formula. It will open a similar store in Antwerp by the end of the week.

Countdown commercials: the new advertising trend?

Online luxury retailer Yoox has launched a new type of YouTube ad: the flash offers are only valid for fifteen seconds. If you do not click during the ad, you are too late. The ad campaign will run until mid December.

New owner for Kijkshop

Store chain Kijkshop has a new owner: Swedish investment firm LPCA sold all of its shares to another Swedish company, SparkistanStClemens.

RetailDetail Night 2017: the photographs

On 23 November, you came to the RetailDetail Night in droves and just like the speakers, you were in fine form. Our extensive photo report and time-lapse video will illustrate that.

Procter & Gamble France and Benelux gets new CEO

Procter & Gamble appointed a new CEO for its French and Benelux activities. Starting 1 January 2018, current marketing manager Benjamin Binot will succeed Christophe Duron.

Rocket Internet reduces losses

German incubator Rocket Internet may not be out of the red yet, but it has significantly reduced its deficit, courtesy in part of meal delivery service Delivery Hero's IPO.

Unilever postpones decision on unified main office

Unilever previously said it no longer wants to operate two main offices, spread across the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, but the decision about which one will prevail has been postponed.

Russian supermarket chain employs robots

Russian chain Lenta employed seven robots in its Moscow-based supermarkets. The Promobots will greet the returning customers by name, show new products and help with discounts.

Black Friday was huge success

Mailboxes filled with “Black Friday” offers, long ad sections on the radio and a flow of Black Friday commercials on the television: there was no escaping it this year. “Black Friday is Golden Friday” for the Belgian retailer”, store federation Comeos said.

Unilever launches search for CEO Paul Polman's successor

Unilever has started its search for CEO Paul Polman’s successor. It enlisted headhunter Egon Zehnder, which will now search for possible candidates.

Major strike hits Amazon during Black Friday

Amazon Germany’s employees chose Black Friday to strike, demanding more pay and improved labour conditions. It will continue its strike until Saturday evening.

LensOnline targets German expansion

Belgian LensGroup, which dominates Belgian online contact lens sales alongside LensOnline, is slowly conquering the European market. Following the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, it is now targeting the German market.

Europe halts geoblocking

Negotiators for the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission reached an agreement on a geoblocking ban. With geoblocking, web shops could exclude visitors from other countries.

Hema targets extensive expansion in Germany

Store chain Hema has major plans for Germany: in the next three years, it will open at least seventy new stores, which is a huge increase compared to the eleven it currently has in the country. Hema also targets shop-in-shops and stores in train stations.

Amazon almost ready to launch first cashierless Go

According to certain sources, Amazon is currently hiring construction managers and marketers for its Amazon Go team. This move may suggest that the cashierless supermarket concept may be ready for prime time – for real this time.

Turnover for 100 largest web shops in Belgium grows 13.5 %

Turnover for the top 100 web shops in Belgium grew 13.5 % from 3.7 to 4.2 billion euro. Digital sales for food items and household products have increased considerably.

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