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Russian owner for Holland & Barrett

Only a few days ago, Kruidvat’s parent company, AS Watson expressed an interest in Holland & Barrett, but its owner (Carlyle) sold it to a Russian billionaire.

Action opens new German distribution center

Dutch store chain Action has opened its first German distribution center near Mannheim, which will handle the entire supply chain for Germany, Austria and part of France.

Retailers call for Commission to ask right questions on trading practices

(content provided by EuroCommerce) EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren has commented on calls for legislation on trading practices in agriculture and the Commission decision to take the first steps towards proposing EU measures.

Gaming industry continues to grow

A study from research firm Newzoo shows that the gaming industry will once again make strides in 2017. The industry’s total turnover should reach 108.9 billion dollars (nearly 100 billion euro) for the full year.

Technology as a 'margin pressure reliever'

Technology is able to improve productivity of retailers in various sections within their operations, according to McKinsey. The options are numerous: shelf-stacking robots, back office/workflow process automation, delivery via drones and so on.

Insight: five conclusions following the Amazon - Whole Foods deal

It was as clear as day that Amazon would one day acquire a supermarket chain, but nevertheless, the news hit everyone like a bombshell. What are the consequences of Whole Foods's acquisition for food retailers worldwide? 

Hudson's Bay Nederland presents brand portfolio

Hudson's Bay Nederland presented its brand portfolio as part of its preparations for its first ten stores. It is the first time the Canadian company opens a store abroad and it will position itself completely differently.

Are Nike, Universal Studios and Sanrio blocking free competition?

A week after Brussels targeted American clothing brand Guess, Nike, Universal Studios and Sanrio are now also being examined. They all may have breached the European Union’s regulations regarding sales across borders and online sales.

"Price breakers destroy the economy"

According to political scientist Jonathan Holslag, consumers have to shop more consciously and stay away from price breakers like Action and Primark because those “destroy the economy”. He feels people should shop at local stores more often.

Are Fnac and Carrefour France's new power couple?

Are Carrefour and Fnac Darty about to be joined in holy matrimony now that Fnac CEO Alexandre Bompard will lead Carrefour? Can a wandering supermarket chain, a culture-focused company bouncing back and a popular electronics retailer make French retail “great again”?

Coolblue has opened its French web shop

Dutch web shop group Coolblue has launched its French web shop today. At the start, only IT products are available, but the other product categories should follow soon and everything should be available by the end of the year.

Last chance for early bird tickets Shoptalk Europe!

(advertorial) Shoptalk Europe, is the big, new event for retail and ecommerce innovation. It covers the transformational trends, technologies and business models reshaping how consumers discover, shop and buy in an age of digital disruption.

Enormous loss for Blokker

Dutch retail group Blokker has suffered an enormous 180 million euro loss in 2016. More than half of that gap was due to costs caused by its restructuring plan.

Amazon targets low incomes with cheaper Prime subscription

American Amazon launched a cheaper Prime subscription for those people who depend on government assistance. The first reactions vary from “scandalous” to “genious move”.

A.S. Adventure targets 45 French stores

The French conquest has started: A.S. Adventure opened a store near Nice last week, a sign of the retailer’s new foreign expansion strategy after it learned from past mistakes.

Lion Capital puts Hema up for sale again

Investment firm Lion Capital is preparing another attempt to sell HEMA. It will now contact bankers, lawyers and communication specialists to help it offload the Dutch company.

Home of Retail has opened its doors: look at the photographs!

Home of Retail, RetailDetail’s new knowledge platform, officially opened on 7 June. Below, you will see the first images of a day filled with tours, workshops, seminars and a festive reception.

Fitness check report finds EU consumer law largely suitable for digital age

(content provided by EuroCommerce) An European Commission report has concluded that existing laws are well equipped to deal with the expansion of e-commerce. While there may be some issues, a major overhaul is not necessary.

Hudson's Bay will cut 2,000 jobs

Canadian retail company Hudson’s Bay will restructure and cut up to 2,000 jobs. The goal is to lower the company’s costs.

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