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-Sortimentsgroßhandlung. 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. The Vueling Airlines fleet consists of 10 Airbus A320-200 aircraft (at January 2006). The German trade union Ver.di has taken Lidl to task for its supposed bad labour practices. Vueling Airlines operates the following services (at October 2005):. Lidl faces allegations about unpaid overtime, low wages and management by threats. On 1 March 2005 it was announced that International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) had placed six new Airbus A320 aircraft on six year lease terms with Vueling Airlines, for delivery between April and December 2006. Lidl has received critical attention in Germany over their treatment of workers, with trade unionists said to be blacklisted (refusal to employ union members). It is owned by Apax Partners (39%), Inversiones Hemisferio (Grupo Planeta) (30%), management team (23%) and private investors (7%).

. The airline was established in 2004 and started operations on 1 July 2004. Lidl is the fifth largest supermarket chain in Germany (2004), and has established itself in over 17 countries around the world. . In the 1970s the first Lidl stores of today's incarnation opened. Its main base is Barcelona Airport, with additional hubs at Valencia Airport, Bilbao Airport and Madrid Airport. It was founded in the 1930s by a member of the Schwarz family, then called Schwarz Lebensmittel-Sortimentsgroßhandlung. It links to many destinations in Europe and also the western Mediterranean.

It belongs to the holding group Schwarz, which also owns the store chains Handelshof and Kaufland. Vueling Airlines is a low-fare airline based in Barcelona, Spain. The full name of the company is Lidl Stiftung & Co KG. International scheduled destinations: Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan, Lisbon, Paris and Rome. In Germany it is the most important competitor of Aldi. Domestic scheduled destinations: Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Menorca, Málaga, Ibiza, Seville and Valencia. 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.

Kwiksave (UK only). Netto (1200 stores). Aldi (7000 stores). Switzerland.

Slovenia. Romania. Lithuania. Latvia.

Estonia. Croatia. Canada. United Kingdom.

Sweden. Spain. Slovakia. Portugal.

Poland. Norway (the first ten stores opened September 23, 2004). The Netherlands. Italy.

Republic of Ireland. Hungary. Greece. Germany.

France. Finland. Denmark. Czech Republic.

Belgium. Austria.

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