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Encyclopedia > Lidl
Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG
Type German Multi-National
Founded 1930s
Headquarters Neckarsulm, Germany
Key people Dieter Schwarz, Chairman and CEO
Gunter Swartz CEO
Michael Dönherp CFO
Industry Retail (Grocery)
Products Mainly own brand, with a few larger and regional brands
Revenue $ 45.9 billion (2005)[1]
Website www.lidl-info.com
Lidl in Lomma, Sweden
Lidl in Lomma, Sweden
Typical Lidl interior
Typical Lidl interior

Lidl is a European discount supermarket chain of German origin that operates 7,000 stores. In Germany it is Aldi's main competitor. The full name of the company is Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG. It belongs to the holding company Schwarz, which also owns the store chains Handelshof and Kaufland. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm Neckarsulm is a city in northern Baden-Württemberg, Germany, near Stuttgart, and part of the district Heilbronn. ... Dieter Schwarz (born 24 September 1939 in Heilbronn) is a German entrepreneur and owner of the Schwarz-Gruppe. ... Packaged food aisles in a Fred Meyer store in Portland, Oregon A supermarket is a departmentalized self-service store offering a wide variety of food and household merchandise. ... For the tax agency in Ireland of the same name, see Revenue Commissioners. ... USD redirects here. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 243 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Lidl Cargo Fleet lane,Middlesbrough taken by me (neil gray) 2007 nez202 I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1600 × 1200 pixel, file size: 243 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Lidl Cargo Fleet lane,Middlesbrough taken by me (neil gray) 2007 nez202 I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public... Middlesborough redirects here. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 573 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Lidl supermarket in Lomma, Sweden. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2048 × 1536 pixel, file size: 573 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Lidl supermarket in Lomma, Sweden. ... Lomma is a town (pop. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 1. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Packaged food aisles in a Fred Meyer store in Portland, Oregon A supermarket is a departmentalized self-service store offering a wide variety of food and household merchandise. ...  , short for ALbrecht DIscount, is a discount supermarket chain based in Germany and one of the largest retail chains worldwide. ... For the band, see Big Brother and the Holding Company. ... Kaufland is a German hypermarket chain part of the same group as Lidl and Handelshof. ...


Lidl has established itself in over 17 countries. 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. For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... The 1930s were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the [[. In East Asia, the rise of militarism occurred. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ...


Lidl is not an abbreviation, but the last name of Ludwig Lidl, a retired teacher. In 1930, Josef Schwarz became a partner in Südfrüchte Grosshandel Lidl & Co., a fruit wholesaler, and he developed the company into a general food wholesaler. In 1977, under his son Dieter Schwarz, Lidl&Schwarz began to focus on discount markets, larger supermarkets, and cash and carry wholesale markets. The first Lidl discount store was opened in 1973, copying the Aldi concept. In 1977, the Lidl chain comprised 30 discount stores. Dieter Schwarz's problem was that he could not just start using the Lidl name. As Schwarz Markt (literally Black Market) did not seem a good idea, he bought the right to use the Lidl name from Ludwig for 1000 Deutsche Mark[citation needed]. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into underground economy. ... The Deutsche Mark (DM, DEM) was the official currency of West and, from 1990, unified Germany. ...


It has become an iconic shop for low earners because of its mainly low pricing and as such is sometimes joked about.

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Dispute over pronunciation

There is some dispute of the pronunciation of the name Lidl.[citation needed] Many people believe that it is pronounced /ˈlɪdəl/ "lid-el";[citation needed] however most television advertisements for the chain contain a jingle pronouncing the Store's name /ˈliːdəl/ "lee-dell", which is the German pronunciation. This dispute may have arisen because many of Lidl's European business activities are coordinated (especially customer support centres) from Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland. A jingle is a memorable slogan, set to an engaging melody, mainly broadcast on radio and sometimes on television commercials. ... , Livingston is the fourth post-war new town to be built in Scotland, designated in 1962. ... This article is about the country. ...


Criticism of Lidl treatment of staff

Trade unions in Germany and other countries have repeatedly criticised Lidl for mistreatment of workers, breach of European directives on working time and other abuses. These have been published in the "Black Book on the Schwarz Retail Company" published in Germany and now available in English.[2] The Guardian in the UK amongst other allegations has reported that Lidl spies on its workforce with cameras, makes extensive notes on employee behaviour, particularly focusing on attempting to sack female workers who might become pregnant and also forces staff at warehouses to do "piece-rate" work which is now illegal in the EU. Lidl management denied the charges. No public information is given on the Lidl website about how to contact Lidl senior management and the company hides its ownership structure behind an elaborate network of front companies.[3] In Italy, in 2003, a judge of Savona, sentenced Lidl for anti-union policies, a crime in that country.[4] For other uses, see Guardian. ... Piece work or piecework describes types of employment in which a worker is paid a fixed piece rate for each unit produced or action performed. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Savona (Sàn-na in the local dialect of Ligurian) is a seaport and comune in the northern Italian region of Liguria, capital of the Province of Savona, in the Riviera di Ponente on the Mediterranean Sea, at sea-level. ...


In March 2008 the German news magazine Der Stern came up with a cover story reporting systematic surveillance of Lidl workers, including most intimate details of their private affairs.[5][6][7] Stern (English Star) is a weekly news magazine published in Germany. ...


Countries with Lidl branches

Current

Lidl activities
Lidl activities

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Competitors

  • Aldi (7,000 stores)
  • Netto (1,000 stores in Europe) and Netto Marken-Discount (1,200 stores)
  • Penny Market (Europe) [1]
  • Norma (Germany, Austria, France)
  • Plus [2]
  • Dia (Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil)
  • Hardi (Slovenia only)
  • Denner (Switzerland)

 , short for ALbrecht DIscount, is a discount supermarket chain based in Germany and one of the largest retail chains worldwide. ... For other supermarket chains with the same name, see Netto (Les Mousquetaires) and Netto Marken-Discount. ... Netto Marken-Discount is a German supermarket chain. ... Penny Market logo Penny Market is a German supermarket owned by Rewe Group. ... Norma can refer to: The coolest person in the world! Norma, a constellation of the southern sky Norma, a city in the province of Latina, southern Lazio (Italy) Norma, an opera by Vincenzo Bellini Norma arm, a spiral arm in the Milky Way galaxy Norma, a Swedish company manufacturing ammunition... Plus is a German chain of supermarkets founded in 1972. ... Dia is a hard-discount supermarket chain, part of the Carrefour Group. ... Denner is a supermarket chain in Switzerland. ...

References

  1. ^ Aldi abgehängt? (German). SPIEGEL Online (2006-01-16). Retrieved on 2006-01-17.
  2. ^ Black Book on Lidl in English (pdf).
  3. ^ "Cheap - but not so cheerful? An analysis of Lidl.", The Guardian, March 14 2007. 
  4. ^ (Italian)"Il tribunale di Savona condanna Lidl Italia per comportamento antisindacale", Il Magazine, 9 July 2003. 
  5. ^ (German)stern.de - Überwachungsskandal bei Lidl (video)
  6. ^ (German)stern.de - Entsetzen über Lidls Stasi-Methoden
  7. ^ (German)stern.de - Zitate aus den Lidl-Protokollen
  8. ^ (Romanian) Meciul dintre discounterii Aldi si Lidl se muta in arena romaneasca. Retrieved on 2007-08-11.
  9. ^ Every Lidl Hurts (March 2005). Retrieved on 2007-02-08.
  10. ^ (Bulgarian) Германската верига 'Лидл' замразява проекта си в България. Retrieved on 2007-02-08.
  11. ^ (German) Immobiliengesuche Schweiz. Lidl Schweiz. Retrieved on 2007-02-08.

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Critical references

  • Every Lidl Hurts
  • Ver.di's black book (German)
  • Lidl demanded that Czech and Polish women workers wear special headbands during their monthly periods
  • German hard discounter exposed as bad employer and threat to consumers and suppliers
  • Lidl staff ‘Afraid to Complain’?
  • Current stores number (German)
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