A global first for the Netherlands: the Ikea store in Groningen is the first where the chain totally redesigns its lay-out and arranges items by price. The store also aims at selling 'full experiences', rather than single pieces of furniture.
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This week, Ikea has opened its first city centre store in Paris. The Swedish chain has been experimenting with smaller store concepts for a while now, in order to respond to the growing competition from e-commerce - albeit with mixed results...
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Last Friday in New York, Showfields was opened. The retail building combines digital companies, art exhibits and a community room all under one roof.
In London, Aldi Süd has opened a compact store under the moniker Aldi Local. With this new formula, the discounter is moving into the field of convenience stores. Aldi is also trying out urban concepts elsewhere.
Decathlon has opened a lab store in Singapore in order to test innovations like internet-connected mirrors, a mobile payment app and a fast transport system for online orders.
Swedish furniture giant IKEA has announced it will open its first true city centre store in Paris on 6 May. At just 5400 sqm, it will be Ikea's smallest real store ever (excluding pick-up points).
Belgian supermarket chain Delhaize has unveiled a new store concept with an innovative mix of fresh meal solutions, 'on the go' shopping and city pick-up points for online shopping. The chain hopes to open 200 of such stores in the next three years.
A warmer store environment, yoga lessons and espresso: these are some of the ingredients with which Swedish fashion retailer H&M intends to become more relevant to consumers. The chain just opened a renewed concept store in Stockholm.
Since announcing a new store concept last March, Aldi has already remodelled 100 Belgian stores, with 60 more to come before the end of the year.
Are the best days over for hard discount as a format? French price breaker Leader Price, Groupe Casino's hard discount chain, is yet another chain that changes its course: "Low prices are not sufficient any more. Old style discounting is dead."
French supermarket group Intermarché will launch a new store for seniors, called “Bien Chez Moi”, which will combine products and services fit for an older clientele.
Dutch Hema has opened its first Belgian flagship store in Brussels, based on its international store formula. It will open a similar store in Antwerp by the end of the week.
French group Auchan wants to launch a new hypermarket formula in March 2019. The group will also export its Chinese formula Auchan Minute to other countries.
Sports chain Intersport will invest more in eCommerce in the next few years, to catch up to its competitors. By 2020, it should generate a “substantial part of its turnover online”.
Coop opened its first Karma store in the Zug train station, south of Zurich. The store (and formula) is named after its vegetarian private label, which is obviously very present in the store’s product range.
Amazon has had a number of physical book stores for a while now and Amazon Go is its cash register-free supermarket formula, but according to insiders, it has several more store formulas prepared.