Raf van den Heuvel has been appointed as the new general manager of Albert Heijn Belgium. On 1 August the current commercial director will take over the position of Luc de Baets, who is set to leave the company.
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The list of biggest retailers in the world is dominated by American companies, with Walmart and Amazon at the top. While challengers from China are continuing to rise, Belgian-Dutch Ahold Delhaize climbes to fourteenth.
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Two of Ahold Delhaize's branches have started to work more closely together: as of today, shoppers in Antwerp can collect their bol.com orders in some Delhaize supermarkets.
An excellent performance by bol.com sees Ahold Delhaize's online turnover go up by 25 %. All is well for the group, with excellent results in the Netherlands and the United States, except for the Belgian branch.
Belgian-Dutch retail group Ahold Delhaize has issued a profit warning: due to the long strike at its American subsidiary Stop & Shop, operational profit will be lower in 2019.
Over 30,000 staff at Stop & Shop, an American supermarket chain that belongs to Belgian-Dutch Ahold Delhaize, have been on strike since Thursday as they protest against the low wages and the rising health insurance premiums. The chain is planning to implement substantial cost-cutting measures.
Due to the shift towards home delivery, traditional supermarkets will soon be in serious trouble, Nils Van Dam of Duval Union Consulting predicts. He estimates between 30 to 40 % of supermarkets will have to close in the coming decade, due to a lack of revenue.
Former Ikea CEO Peter Agnefjäll and current Swanson CEO Katie Doyle are joining the supervisory board at Ahold Delhaize on 10 April. They will succeed Rob van den Bergh and Mark McGrath, who will both retire.
Ahold Delhaize's decent financial results in 2018 came not only courtesy of its online activities, but also of its supermarkets in Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States. The difficulties stemming from the merger have been resolved and the chain is now ready for the future, says CEO Frans Muller.
Giant Food Stores, Ahold Delhaize's largest supermarket chain in the United States, has brought some European flavours to its new city store concept. So what does it look like?
Ahold Delhaize has presented excellent results to end 2018: in all of its main markets (the Netherlands, Belgium and the United States) growth was achieved.
Driverless 'supermarket cars' will start bringing groceries at home for American Ahold Delhaize subsidiary Stop & Shop. The proximity chain will be sending out mini-supermarkets on wheels around Boston.
Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize is homing in on e-commerce: the chain partners with its online sibling Bol.com and makes it possible for affiliated entrepreneurs to offer their own webshop.
Ahold Delhaize has employed 500 robots in the United States: in its Giant, Martin’s and Stop & Shop stores, a robot by the name of Marty will be checking the floors to see if there is a fall hazard. Marty will also be scanning the store shelves for erroneous price tags and sold-out products.
Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn will not leave Belgium, but rather double its number of stores. After the merger with Belgian chain Delhaize there was speculation that owner Ahold Delhaize would choose between its two chains, but instead they will both expand heavily in Belgium.
Stop & Shop, Ahold Delhaize’s largest brand in the United States, takes over its competitor King Kullen Grocery. That retailer, with 37 stores on Long Island, is seen as the first real American supermarket chain.