In the intense struggle for the customers' favour, Carrefour Belgium has presented a new service - featuring personal shoppers, delivery within 90 minutes and an app that can be expanded into a market place.
Two major American companies join forces to try to beat the omnipresent threat of Amazon: Walmart (Amazon's biggest competitor in retail) and Microsoft (Amazon's main rival in cloud services) have signed a strategic partnership for the next five years.
Commercialization of laboratory cultured meat is coming closer. Pioneer Mosa Meat has raised 7.5 million euros for the construction of a factory that will bring an affordable product to the market within three years.
Aldi Nord has published an ambitious international climate policy: the retailer wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2021 and reveals some compelling figures in its second sustainability report.
Despite the multitude of stores in most European markets, discounters plan to open up to ten million square metres of store surface in five years' time. Even in so-called saturated markets they still see a lot of chances for growth, LZ Retailytics says.
Vegetable producer Greenyard is under attack after a listeria contamination in its Hungarian factory. The company says to have taken all necessary measures, but the share price plummets.
German sportswear giant Adidas says it wants to strengthen its bond with small-scale retailers after they claimed Adidas is too aggressive in pushing its web shop, especially as they feel the brand is favouring large international chains as well.
For the first time in six years computer sales showed growth again: in the second quarter of 2018 they increased by 1.4%. According to research firms Gartner and IDC, the sales increase is mainly due to growth in business markets.
There are several takeover candidates for both the Dutch and the Belgian stores of the bankrupt clothing chain Men at work. The curator is confident an agreement should be reached today in Belgium.
American coffee company Starbucks will ban plastic straws in their stores starting from 2020. A small step for coffee enthusiasts, but a big step for the environment, as the coffee giant uses about a billion straws every year.
In order to counter the decline of their success on the Russian market, Belgian beer giant AB InBev has placed its activities in Russia in a joint venture with Turkish Anadolu Efes.
The new strategy of the British fashion brand Burberry starts to render: the company had a 3% increase of revenue in their own stores last quarter. In total, Burberry has now a revenue of 479 million pounds (520 million euros).
Chinese internet giant JD.com wants to expand to Italy: the Milan office would be the second European office in a short period of time for Alibaba's great rival.
Dutch Jumbo Groep Holding has made a management reshuffle, with Peter Isaac becoming the new managing director of the group's Belgian branch. Bart van den Nieuwenhof meanwhile is set to leave the group's restaurant chain La Place.
Snack and beverage giant Pepsico has recorded a slight revenue growth of 2.4 % in the second quarter of this year. Net profit however went 14 % lower, due to rising taxes.
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Ahold Delhaize has announced two changes to its management team in Europe: Vassilis Stavrou becomes Brand President of Alfa Beta in Greece. He succeeds Leonidas Vrettakos, who is retiring after 21 years with the business.
Belgian fashion group FNG has collected 60 million euros by issuing new shares. The new shares will be traded on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange and - for the first time - on the Brussels Stock Exchange as well.
Canadian Hudson’s Bay and Austrian Sigma Holding have not reached a preliminary agreement about the merger of their respective department store chains Kaufhof and Karstadt: the Canadian company says it has only signed a letter of intent.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma has discussed a possible investment in Liège, Belgium with the country's prime minister Charles Michel. Afterwards no decisive statements were made by either party.