On Saturday 2 January, more than 500 Colruyt Group stores in Belgium will remain closed. The retailer grants its store employees an extra paid leave day to thank them for their efforts during the corona crisis.
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The end of voice commerce at Albert Heijn: the supermarket chain has discontinued its app for Google Assistant. The test was unsuccessful and will not be continued. However, Belgian competitor Colruyt will continue with the speech technology.
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Next year, Colruyt will open its fifth supermarket in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. In the meantime, the retailer is thinking of launching its organic chain Bio-Planet there as well.
Since a few weeks, Colruyt reacts to price cuts at Albert Heijn in all its Flemish supermarkets, and no longer regionally. A logical consequence of the expansion policy of the Dutch chain, says the market leader.
Delhaize launches a delivery service for freshly prepared dishes in collaboration with Tastyoo, a food technology start-up in which the supermarket chain is already the main shareholder. Colruyt Group has already launched a similar service, Rose Mary.
As of today, Rose Mary, the central kitchen of Colruyt Group, supplies fresh meals in all 19 municipalities of Brussels. The expansion takes place only a few weeks after the launch in nine municipalities.
Colruyt is pulling the plug on its non-food webshop Collishop. The Belgian retailer wants to focus its non-food sales in specialists like Dreambaby.
Belgian market leader Colruyt has resumed its orders at Coca-Cola, seven months after (partly) suspending them. Despite the long delisting - pointing to one or both parties really sticking to their guns - the war was never an outright one: for example, Colruyt never stopped all of its Coca-Cola purchases.
Prices for vegetables, fruit and meat have risen sharply in the past month. There is not just one cause but a combination of factors - however, the corona crisis is the common thread.
Belgian supermarket chain Colruyt has given each employee a smartphone to use at work, trying to become a fully ‘connected store’. The eponymous group's other chains, like Dreamland and BioPlanet, will follow suit later.
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.
The corona crisis did Colruyt Group no good: the supermarkets lost market share in the second half of the year and during the lockdown. Sales growth over the financial year 2019/20 remained below expectations.
Belgium's biggest supermarket chain, Colruyt, is launching a test store in Brussels to see if it can expand into the professional market. This would be another blow to the ailing Metro branch in the country.
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.
The delisting conflict between Agecore and Coca-Cola is over in France (its products are back in Intermarché stores after what the chain calls a "balanced agreement"), but continues at Belgian Colruyt.
Belgian supermarket chain Colruyt has found an agreement with Douwe Egberts about its price conditions, and readmits the coffee products to its shelves. A similar deal with Coca-Cola has not yet been struck.