Lidl

A Lidl in Cornwall, UK

Lidl (either leed-ul as pronounced in recently-launched British TV commercials, or lid-ul) is a European discount supermarket chain of German origin that operates 5,000 stores. In Germany it is the most important competitor of Aldi. The full name of the company is Lidl Stiftung & Co KG. It belongs to the holding group Schwarz, which also owns the store chains Handelshof and Kaufland.

It was founded in the 1930s by a member of the Schwarz family, then called Schwarz Lebensmittel-SortimentsgroƟhandlung. In the 1970s the first Lidl stores of today's incarnation opened.

Lidl is the fifth largest supermarket chain in Germany (2004), and has established itself in over 17 countries around the world.

Criticism of Lidl

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Lidl has received critical attention in Germany over their treatment of workers, with trade unionists said to be blacklisted (refusal to employ union members). Lidl faces allegations about unpaid overtime, low wages and management by threats. The German trade union Ver.di has taken Lidl to task for its supposed bad labour practices.

Lidl is also said to use aggressive strategies against their suppliers to enforce low prices.

Countries with Lidl shops

Current

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway (the first ten stores opened September 23, 2004)
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Planned

  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland

Competitors

  • Aldi (7000 stores)
  • Netto (1200 stores)
  • Kwiksave (UK only)

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Lidl is also said to use aggressive strategies against their suppliers to enforce low prices. Television Business launched with the launch of a lifestyle and entertainment channel called z00m. The German trade union Ver.di has taken Lidl to task for its supposed bad labour practices. 2004: Launch of the Jobs portal Times Jobs http://www.timesjobs.com/ . Lidl faces allegations about unpaid overtime, low wages and management by threats. 2003: Times Classifieds - http://www.timesclassifieds.com/ Classifieds site catering to web audiences, the group publications and also publications from other countries like Sri Lanka. Lidl has received critical attention in Germany over their treatment of workers, with trade unionists said to be blacklisted (refusal to employ union members). 2002: Times Outdoor - Outdoor Advertising & Billboard Marketing.

. 2001: 360 Degrees - Event Management Arm launched. Lidl is the fifth largest supermarket chain in Germany (2004), and has established itself in over 17 countries around the world. 2001: Radio Mirchi - Nationwide Private FM Broadcasting. In the 1970s the first Lidl stores of today's incarnation opened. 2000: Timesofmoney - JV with Citibank. It was founded in the 1930s by a member of the Schwarz family, then called Schwarz Lebensmittel-SortimentsgroƟhandlung. 2000: The Times of India crosses the 2 million mark in circulation.

It belongs to the holding group Schwarz, which also owns the store chains Handelshof and Kaufland. 1999: Indiatimes webportal launched; BCCL enters music retailing business with Planet M. The full name of the company is Lidl Stiftung & Co KG. 1998: BCCL enters into music market with Times Music. In Germany it is the most important competitor of Aldi. 1996: The Times of India crosses 1 million mark in circulation. Lidl (either leed-ul as pronounced in recently-launched British TV commercials, or lid-ul) is a European discount supermarket chain of German origin that operates 5,000 stores. 1993: BCCL starts production of television software.

Kwiksave (UK only). 1991: BBC features The Times of India among the world's six great newspapers. Netto (1200 stores). 1987: Printing of The Times of India from Kandivili Press. Aldi (7000 stores). 1984: Samir Jain and Vineet Jain join BCCL. Switzerland. 1961: The Economic Times is launched.

Slovenia. 1959: Femina is launched. Romania. 1952: Filmfare is launched. Lithuania. Gopalswami as the first Indian editor. Latvia. 1950: Delhi edition is launched with K.

Estonia. Shanti Prasad Jain is the first chairman of the group. Croatia. 1948: Sahu Jain Group become the owners of the company. Canada. 2 crores. United Kingdom. for Rs.

Sweden. Ramakrishna Dalmia buys out Bennett, Coleman & Co.Ltd. Spain. 1946: For the first time, the paper transfers to Indian ownership. Slovakia. 1907: In the newspaper's first price war under editor Stanley Reed, the price is cut from 4 annas to 1 anna, and circulation rises 5 times. Portugal. (BCCL).

Poland. Ltd. Norway (the first ten stores opened September 23, 2004). Coleman to form a joint stock company - Bennett, Colemen & Co. The Netherlands. Bennett becomes the editor and enters into a partnership with F.M. Italy. J.

Republic of Ireland. 1892: Following the death of Henry Curwen, T. Hungary. 1890: Editor Henry Curwen buys The Times of India in partnership with Charles Kane. Greece. This later came to be known as The Illustrated Weekly of India in 1923. Germany. 1880: The Times of India Weekly Edition is launched to meet the need for a weekend paper.

France. 1861: Editor Robert Knight amalgamates The Bombay Times, Bombay Standard and Bombay Telegraph & Courier to form The Times of India and gives it a national character. Finland. 1850: Shareholders decide to increase the share capital and the paper is converted into a daily. Denmark. George Buist is appointed editor. Czech Republic. 1846: The newspaper changes hands and Dr.

Belgium. It is basically a city paper reflecting the interest of Bombay's business community. Austria. Brennan. The newspaper is published twice a week under editor J.E. 1838: The first edition appears on November 3, 1838, known as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce.

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It reaches out from:. The Times Group is one of the largest media services conglomerates in India and currently dominates the newspaper and media business in the country. Indiatimes portal. Times Outoors Outdoors.

360 Degrees Events. Radio Mirchi National network of Private FM stations. Started recently with an entertainment and Lifestyle channel called Zoom. Times Television The Group's latest venture.

Times Multimedia Multimedia Publishing Division. Times Music Music Publishing (including Hindi Film, Pop Music & Devotional/Spiritual music). Planet M, a music retailing brand. Filmfare, a film magazine.

Femina, a women's magazine. Maharashtra Times, the largest Marathi Daily in Bombay. Navbharat Times, the largest Hindi Daily in Delhi and Bombay. The Economic Times, India's largest financial daily, and the world's second largest after The Wall Street Journal.

The Times of India, India's (and the world's) largest English broadsheet daily. Turnover of nearly USD 400 million. Reaching 2468 cities and towns. 29 niche magazines.

2 lead magazines. 5 dailies including two of the largest in the country with approx 3.3 million copies circulated daily. Over 6000 employees. 55 marketing offices.

15 printing centers. 11 publishing centers.

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