The implosion of the AgeCore alliance is sharpening the conflict of interests between supermarkets and brand manufacturers: multinationals are demanding action against abuse of power, while food retailers are defending the free market. Warning: even bigger buying groups may be in the making.
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Even though 2020 was a record-breaking year for many food retailers, the coronavirus pandemic made a lasting impression on food retail. McKinsey and EuroCommerce identify three major trends at work that are forcing supermarkets to adopt new strategies and innovate.
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Following the French court case against Intermarché for possible abuse of power, retail organisations are reacting with concern: purchasing alliances promote competition and keep consumer prices down, they argue.
“Territorial supply constraints" are a widespread practice in Europe, especially in retail. This costs consumers up to 14 billion euro, concludes the EU.
The corona crisis has caused an acceleration in e-commerce, but that acceleration had already started last year. In 2019 online sales in Europe grew by 14.2%, this year an increase of 'at least' 12.7% is expected.
Alliances between large food retailers do not have a harmful impact on agricultural prices, nor do they cause higher sales prices to consumers, a new research report by the European Commission concludes.
EuroCommerce, the branch organisation of the European retail and wholesale sector, wants non-food retailers to be added to the European Union list of the hardest-hit sectors. They may suffer terrible damages, the organisation says.
What will 2020 bring for the retail sector? Growing tensions between retailers and their suppliers, fears EuroCommerce director-general Christian Verschueren. He hopes that the new European Commission will put a strong stop to increasing protectionism.
EuroCommerce, the branch organisation of European retailers, has issued a statement before the elections of 26 May, pleading for a continuation of the European project and urging people to vote.
Disposable plastic items such as straws, cutlery, plates or cotton swabs will be banned in the EU a little more than two years from now. EuroCommerce responds by pointing out that everyone involved will have to contribute to make that goal succeed.
The extension of the Brexit deadline is - finally - some good news for European retailers, branch organisation EuroCommerce says. However, it also has a major drawback.
In a new manifesto, EuroCommerce, the European voice of the retail and wholesale sector, sets its priorities for the next five years. Director-General Christian Verschueren explains the four major themes.
(content provided by EuroCommerce) The European Commission told EU Member States and stakeholders at the Eco-design Consultation Forum last week that a number of new energy label regulations were still not ready and their adoption (initially planned for November 2018) will be delayed until December this year or January 2019.
Régis Degelcke is the new president of EuroCommerce. The chairman of Auchan will start his three-year mandate in July.
(content provided by EuroCommerce) Speaking to mark the launch of the Benelux study on territorial supply constraints, EuroCommerce Director-General Christian Verschueren argued for the EU to act on big brands’ fragmentation of the European market.
(content provided by EuroCommerce) In an initial response to the Commission Communication: A European retail sector fit for the 21st century, published today, EuroCommerce approves of the Commission's stance against overregulation.