Albert Heijn is currently trialing an app that will calculate the ideal shopping route based on your grocery list. Starting 7 May, it will test it in the AH supermarket in Hoofddorp.
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The Ahold – Delhaize merger continues: in January, both Ahold USA and Delhaize America will merge, which will lead to more cost-cutting measures for the Belgian-Dutch merger company.
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James McCann, Ahold USA CEO, has decided to leave the company and will be succeeded by current Delhaize America CEO, Kevin Holt.
In the last quarter prior to their official merger, both Belgian Delhaize and Dutch Ahold performed well with 12 and 8 % underlying profit increases respectively.
The Belgian supermarket group Delhaize has released its final results before merging with Dutch Ahold tomorrow. Turnover grew 4.3 %, while profits even went up 12.1 %.
Retail giants Delhaize and Ahold have sold 86 American stores, worth 3.2 % of the companies' American turnover, in order to get approval for the impending merger.
Dutch Ahold, bol.com and Albert Heijn's parent company, managed a decent 4.3 % turnover increase in the first quarter of 2016, largely thanks to its online sales.
In order to get approval from the American Bureau of Competition for the merger, Dutch Ahold and Belgian Delhaize are willing to sell 83 supermarkets, which probably means its Martin's supermarket chain would disappear almost entirely.
Delhaize CEO Frans Muller will have to guide the Ahold - Delhaize integration in the next few years, but what can we expect? He will divulge his vision extensively at the upcoming RetailDetail Congress.
Dick Boer wants to continue the American growth after Ahold and Delhaize merge into one company, but stated he mainly seeks additional growth in regions where the Dutch-Belgian combination already has a sizeable market share, rather than in new states.
At Ahold and Delhaize's extraordinary General Assemblies, shareholders of both companies almost unanimously approved the merger of the Dutch and the Belgian retail giant, with 96.71 % at Delhaize and even 99.97 % at Ahold.
Analysts feel Ahold and Delhaize will have to sell 85 to 100 American stores in order to get their merger approved. Most of those stores would probably be on the American East Coast, where the merger company would otherwise become too dominant.
Ahold and Delhaize have decided to cut the huge bonuses, intended for its top management for their part in the successful merger, after complaints by investors.
Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn's Belgian stores made a profit in 2015, for the first time since their launch. CEO Dick Boer and CFO Jef Carr confirmed the information after the pair had revealed Ahold's financial results.
Both Ahold and Delhaize have ended their final year as an independent company with good numbers. Ahold boosted its 2015 net profit 43.3 % to 851 million euro, while Delhaize did even better with a 312.5 % increase to 366 million euro.