Czech Lidl to offer more fresh food | Sonae MC opens 1st healthy supermarket

Morrisons trials to offer fresh fruit at Texaco

Carrefour Spain offers Apple Pay service
Carrefour has become the first distribution company in Spain to offer its customers the Apple Pay service with its own credit card. The application allows Carrefour's customers to make easy and secure mobile payments with their iPhone and Apple Watch. (granconsumo.tv)

Serbian grocery consortium to open 50 new stores in 2017
Serbian grocery consortium Domaći Trgovački Lanac (DTL) is planning to open 50 new stores during 2017. DTL was established in 2011 as an association of local retailers, with the goal of unifying procurement and market strategy, and showcasing manufacturers that recognise the benefits of the development of regional retail players. (esmmagazine.com

Morrisons trials to offer fresh fruit at Texaco
Morrisons has chosen Leicester to try out a new type of convenience store. The retailer opened the first of its new Morrisons Daily pilots at a petrol station in Thurmaston Lane, Hamilton. The Texaco station, run by Rontec Retail, has a 3,000 sq ft Morrisons Daily, selling branded and Morrisons own-brand food. The range will include fresh and ambient food, food to go, fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, ready meals as well as essential groceries. (leicestermercury.co.uk

British Ocado says new high-tech centre boosts chances of international deal
Ocado believes the start of operations at its third major UK distribution centre, its most high-tech yet, should help it to secure a long-awaited deal with an international partner, the online supermarket group said on Thursday. Please, click here to read more at dailymail.co.uk

Russia: X5 Retail opens 9,000th store
X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, has opened its 9,000th store in Russia. The company opened nine new stores today, including eight Pyaterochkas in Sochi, St Petersburg, Samara, Chelyabinsk, Kemerovo, Cheboksary, Lipetsk and Reutov, and a Perekrestok in Pyatigorsk. (stockmarketwire.com)

2016 set to be record year for Czech supermarkets 
2016 is set to be a bumper year for the Czech Republic’s supermarket chains, which took in over CZK 200bn in the first three quarters, according to the national statistics authority. Meanwhile, a number are investing billions in buildings and new technology, iHned.cz reported on Thursday. (radio.cz

Czech Lidl to offer more fresh food
Lidl is also lining up major investments in its Czech stores – no less than CZK 9bn in the next two years. Its new outlets will come with a new concept that includes wider aisles and a greater selection of fresh foods, a spokesperson told iHned.cz. (iHned.cz / radio.cz) 

Portugal's Sonae MC opens first healthy food supermarket
Portuguese food retailer Sonae MC has launched a new supermarket format focused on a healthy lifestyle. The first Go Natural supermarket opened in Lisbon this week. At the supermarket, customers will find a wide range of healthy, organic and dietary products and specific ingredients appropriate for people with food intolerances. (esmmagazine.com)

Target China learning fast as it gains momentum
Target China is continuing to learn about the vast mainland market as it builds brand awareness in the region in preparation for a major push. Vincent Lau, GM China with Target Corporation, told the Omni-Channel Retailing Conference half-year seminar yesterday that China represented a steep learning curve for the US$73.8bn, US-headquartered, value retail business. “We had to forget everything we know. Being number two in the US market doesn’t resonate into anything in China.” (insideretail.asia

Carrefour China expands to Suzhou, Wuxi
French retailer Carrefour has expanded its eCommerce access in China by launching online shops and apps for Suzhou and Wuxi. It already covers Beijing, Chengdu, Kunming and Shanghai with plans for further expansion. Wuhan is next on the list, expected to come on line before the end of this month. (insideretail.asia



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