Blog: Dean Bestjust-food goes Dutch to meet Spar

Dean Best | 15 July 2009

It's a sunny morning here in Amsterdam today (15 July), which makes a pleasant change from the morning rain falling as just-food left London Gatwick airport at 6am this morning.

just-food is here in the Dutch capital to meet the MD of global symbol retailer Spar International to discuss, among other things, convenience, the credit crunch and cracking the world's emerging retail markets.

Dr Gordon Campbell is a regular speaker on the retail circuit and has recently publicly hinted at Spar's plans to expand in Africa and, more notably, in China.

Spar's sales rose by more than 6% in 2008, driven by organic growth and boosted by acquisitions.

Dr Campbell's thoughts on why Spar has managed to increase revenues amid the global downturn, and on trends in the retail sector in markets from Ukraine to the UK, will be interesting to hear as the company's business spans more than 12,600 stores in 33 countries.

Keep your eyes peeled on the site in the coming days for coverage of the interview. Now, where did just-food put its sunglasses....?


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