The decision to make mouth masks compulsory in all shops is widely supported within the Belgian retail sector, but shopkeepers are not willing to act as policemen and reject sanctions.
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Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize has opened its biggest store yet in Schmiede (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg), measuring 3,450 sqm.
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Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize wants to open 30 additional stores this year, on top of the 23 it already opened in the first half of this year. If anything, the coronavirus crisis seems to have given the chain a boost.
Ahold Delhaize's non-food webshop bol.com is due to open its French version in June, starting its offensive in Brussels and Wallonia. On its annual general meeting, the Dutch retail group also approved a prolonged Belgian presence in its supervisory board.
Belgian supermarket chains Delhaize and Colruyt are joining forces in order to supply hospital staff with grocery deliveries, which will be free of charge. They invite competitors to join the scheme and widen its scope.
Normally, Belgian 'healthy fast food chain' Foodmaker, was to open five new restaurants in the upcoming months. Due to the corona crisis, however, those plans are falling apart and the company must first of all try to survive now.
Ahold Delhaize had already released its financial results a fortnight ago, but now the Dutch retail group has also published its full annual report. We shed some light on a few remarkable figures.
In the difficult Belgian market, Delhaize is struggling to grow but manages to increase its market share. Ahold Delhaize CEO Frans Muller has reservations about the increasing competition, saying "This can not go on."
Ahold Delhaize ended 2019 on a high: sales and profit increased slightly more than expected, and online sales grew by more than 30 %. Dutch Albert Heijn and Belgian Delhaize both gained market share, American growth came mostly from online.
Belgian vegans are advised to do their shopping at both Ahold Delhaize chains, a study found out. Albert Heijn offers the largest vegan selection, closely followed by Delhaize. The discounters Aldi and Lidl are on the other side of the spectrum.
Fruit and veg producer Greenyard and supermarket chain Delhaize have started their collaboration that was announced last year. Greenyard will soon be delivering 80 % of all fruit at the supermarket chain.
Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize has opened a seventh store of its convenience formula Fresh Atelier, the fourth in Brussels. Soon, the third Antwerp store will also open its doors, at a prime location. The goal remains to have at least thirty stores by the end of the year.
Looking back at the most popular topics of 2019, we are reminded what an interesting retail year it was… Keep following us in 2020 for more European retail news!
Delhaize Belgium is trialling a new internal organisation, that should fill empty shelves faster and make sure stores become more profitable. A test with fifteen stores is ongoing, the other self-owned stores should follow next year - if the trial is successful and the unions agree.
Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize is starting a pilot project aimed at consumers in a hurry, but with a craving for healthy food. Deliveroo and Takeaway.com couriers will deliver healthy orders (with Nutri-Score A, B or C) from stores in Antwerp and Brussels.
The differences in prices between the supermarket chains in Belgium are increasing, consumer organisation Test-Aankoop found out. Market leader Colruyt and Dutch Albert Heijn are on top, while Delhaize, Carrefour and Makro see the top two speed away.