The Belgian Ministry of Economy has managed to seize a record number of counterfeit products, worth 23.6 million euro. With 625,809 items, the haul is some 50 % more than in 2012: the collaboration with the Belgian Anti-Piracy Federation resulted in the elimination of a huge number of illegal internet links.
Record number of counterfeit products seized in Belgium
Hema will head outside of Europe for the first time ever: it will open three stores in Dubai later this year. In the next five years, the Dutch chain aims to open a sizeable number of Middle-Eastern stores.
German Metro Group is happy with its first quarter results. Turnover, after exchange rate fluctuations, has only grown 0.2 %, but there was a 0.8 % like-for-like turnover increase.
Carrefour has obtained a 17 % minority stake in flash sale seller Showroomprivé with the intent of increasing its digital and non-food reach. Former shareholder Conforama did suffer a loss.
After several member states had already implemented legislation to lower the use of plastic bags, the European Union is now considering an overall plastic bag tax.
American online retailer Amazon has unfolded plans for a new distribution center in the German city of Mönchengladbach. It will be located near the Dutch and Belgian border and most likely be used to service these markets.
Optician chain Hans Anders appointed Bram Bruijns as its omnichannel director, a new position within the group. He will take charge of Hans Anders’ omnichannel activities across every market.