German chain Rewe has been given permission to acquire most of Lekkerland. The Austrian competition authority however fears that the German supermarket group would gain too much power in the 'on-the-go' segment, particularly in shops at petrol stations.
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Austrian retail group Signa Retail (the owner of German department store chains Karstadt and Galeria Kaufhof) has founded a New Business branch, that should bring about more digital competences and innovation.
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In Vienna, Chinese cellphone brand Huawei is soon opening its first store outside of China. While it claims it is already the second largest smartphone supplier in Austria, it is looking to strengthen its position in the rest of Europe.
Irish Smyths Toys has announced a deal with bankrupt toys giant Toys ‘R’ Us to take over all of its 93 stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Financial details about the deal were not disclosed.
Saturn has opened Europe’s first checkout-free electronics store in Austria. The former Metro Group chain offers its customers traditional sales assistance, but payments have to happen using an app.
With Order Exchange Service, Zalando has found a way to simplify the return of a piece of clothing. Customers can use the service to return something and get a different size of that same item delivered.
German Metro opened the very first energy neutral Metro store in Sankt Pölten in Austria. The store implemented all types of sustainable techniques, which result in a store without any energy consumption.
After it had already closed a number of stores in Morocco, Panama, Puerto Rico, Taiwan and Thailand, ailing deal site Groupon will now also close its divisions in Switzerland, Austria and Portugal.