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Carrefour now has 70 convenience stores in Brazil

Located in the upmarket district of Brooklin in Brazilian capital Sao Paulo, the new outlet is of the Carrefour Express format.

Carrefour opened its 70th convenience store in Brazil on December 29.

Located in the upmarket district of Brooklin in Brazilian capital Sao Paulo, the new outlet is of the Carrefour Express format.

The French multinational retailer said in a press release the opening reinforces its investment “in a sector that offers customers improved levels of flexibility and comfort in shopping, focusing on a daily range of fresh and ready-to-consume items.”

It said its Express brand is the group’s response to growing customer demand for smaller purchases at stores located in close proximity to home or the workplace.


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New retail contracts see 2016 start well for ID Logistics

Carrefour has selected ID Logistics to manage a 20,000 m2 site specialised in fresh produce activities for 460 convenience stores in the South East Paris region.

Carrefour has selected ID Logistics to manage a 20,000 m2 site specialised in fresh produce activities for 460 convenience stores in the South East Paris region.

And in China, the French leader in contract logistics is starting up activity in its new 32,000 m² warehouse for Carrefour in the Dongguan region which will ship and deliver to about 30 supermarkets, most of them located in the Guangzhou and Shenzhen regions.

“The Group will there set up the same vocal picking system translated in Mandarin as the one currently operating in the first warehouse in Shanghai,” ID Logistics said in a press release on its results for the 1st quarter of 2016.

In news of its 4th quarter results for 2015, the group said it had also won new contracts scheduled to start in 2016 including the following:

  • In China, LianHua, a leading Chinese retailer, has commissioned the Group to manage a 20,000m² chilled and frozen food warehouse for both B2B and B2C channels for the Shanghai region;
  • In Russia, the leading Russian retailer X5 has commissioned ID Logistics to operate its new 40,000m² Moscow platform, planned to eventually expand to 68,000m²;
  • In Spain, one of its main client commissioned ID Logistics to manage a 25,000m² platform dedicated to ecommerce business.

Growth in first quarter revenues

In France, the group’s 1st quarter revenues this year amounted to €133.3 million, up 9.6% on the 1st quarter of 2015. It said this sequential improvement was essentially driven by the startup of new contracts launched at the end of 2015, in particular:

  • in e-commerce with Auchan Direct in the greater Paris region,
  • in Fashion logistics with Auchan with the implementation of a warehouse exporting to European markets,
  • in FMCG with Panzani. Business activity benefited from a positive volume effect, particularly in March.

With headquarters in Cavaillon, France, ID Logistics is an international contract logistics group, with revenue of €930.8 million in 2015. It has more than 200 sites across 14 countries, representing close to 4 million m2 of warehousing facilities in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, and 15,000 employees. Its client portfolio is balanced between retail, industry, detail picking and e-commerce sectors.

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Modern retailers in the Gulf

Lulu Hypermarkets and Maf Carrefour continue to lead the modern retail panorama in the Gulf countries, followed by Spinneys, Choithrams, Al Maya and Abu Dhabi Coop Spar supermarkets.

Lulu Hypermarkets and Maf Carrefour continue to lead the modern retail panorama in the Gulf countries, followed by Spinneys, Choithrams, Al Maya and Abu Dhabi Coop Spar supermarkets.

Abu Dhabi: a value market of 2 million people

With 16 supermarkets in the Emirate, Abu Dhabi Coop is the main retail chain with about 30% of the modern food distribution in the Emirate, a value market of about 2 million people. Its main competitors are Lulu Supermarkets with 11 shops, followed by Carrefour with 5 hypermarkets. Since last year the chain has renewed the design of its stores, along with a more dynamic commercial strategy of attractive quality and prices. A larger product assortment and quality range of products is also offered. Food security is also guaranteed, since its suppliers are required to be GlobalGAP and ISO certified. The entire supply of fruit and vegetables is organized by the import subsidiary of the Kaf Group to which the chain also belongs. Imported vegetables make up about half of the supplies in winter and almost 100% in summer. After an outstanding advance of nearly 50% last year, sales are also progressing in 2016 despite the lower petrol prices. Among the growing product categories are value-added healthy varieties like blueberries and kale, as well as seedless mandarins and watermelons, tastier cantaloupe melons, coloured capsicums and also speciality leafs like spinach and rocket.

Spinneys’ multiple strategy of sustainable sourcing

The first and only retail member of Global G.A.P. since 2015, Spinneys has been developing a strategy of sustainable sourcing with its fruit and vegetable suppliers. This has been implemented so far through 3 different programmes: “Responsible Sourcing”, “Season’s Best” and “Spinneys Club”. With the “Responsible Sourcing” programme, Spinneys raises its suppliers’ profiles, selected according to their certifications for G.A.P. practices and their degree of social and environmental responsibilities. The “Season’s Best” programme consists of promoting the most seasonal items every month, selected for their optimum eating qualities and attractive prices. One preferred produce supplier is chosen and their profile promoted at the point of sale. Started in January, 2016, the “Season’s Best” campaign has already promoted a South African stone fruit producer called Stems from Cape Town, as well as Stemilt Growers’ American apples from Washington. In April, 2015, the “Spinneys Club” was also created, with a high selection of 3 organic and 4 conventional growers so far. Their products are packed and sold under the “Spinneys Club” label with products of superior selection and specialities. These include renowned Spanish growers of seedless grapes and stone fruit such as Moyca and Royal. “We also aim to improve our logistics performance,” says Martine Aguirre, head of produce sourcing at Spinneys. A global partnership has been established with Hellemans Logistics for customized air and sea logistics. Today, the chain has 57 Spinneys stores in the UAE and 8 premium “Waitrose” joint ventures, as well as 8 stores in Oman. After 3 new store openings in 2015, the chain is slowing down its expansion due to lower petrol prices, which are affecting consumers’ behaviour.

The widest selection & best value with 65 hypermarkets and 65 supermarkets

Carrefour hypermarkets are the industry leaders in product selection and price guarantees in the Gulf countries, while the supermarkets are smaller in scale but still offer a great variety of products that cater to the everyday needs of the surrounding community. Over the last 20 years, this brand has grown from strength to strength in the region, and at Majid Al Futtaim they are committed to growing it even further. As part of the Majid Al Futtaim retail offering, Carrefour currently operates over 65 hypermarkets, over 85 supermarkets, and an online store in 12 countries across the MENA region. It will soon also expand to include 38 countries in the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa and Russia, where they hold the exclusive rights to the value-packed Carrefour franchise. Founded in France, Carrefour is one of the largest hypermarket chains in the world, and one of the most popular hypermarkets in the region. The brand ensures customer satisfaction and convenience while offering unbeatable value for money with a vast array of more than 100,000 products from home electronics and clothing to fresh fruit from around the world and locally produced items.

Al Bakrawe develops new international markets

Ammar Al Bakri, CEO of Al Bakrawe, confirms the group’s market developments in the Arabic world and Northern Africa. Al Bakrawe Group pioneered the art of importing fresh produce into the UAE and is now one of the leading fresh produce importers and exporters within the Middle East with over 3,000 containers of fresh produce every year, bringing famous brands from all over the world and making sure fresh produce is never out of season. “With a huge fleet of over 200 refrigerated trucks equipped with the latest refrigerating technology and operating 24 h, at Al Bakrawe our promise is to deliver freshness wherever the destination,” says Al Bakri. Al Bakrawe Group sources from a long list of countries around the globe: the USA, Australia, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Italy, Spain, France, China, the Philippines, India and Pakistan as well as Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Al Bakrawe Group is a UAE-based company located in the heart of the Dubai Central Fruit and Vegetable Market (Al Aweer, Dubai). It runs 2 of its own cold stores with a capacity for 70 containers. It was established by Ammar Ali Bakri, who started his business earlier in Dubai in 1996 with fresh fruit and vegetable transport, handling, logistics and distribution. Al Bakrawe Group has quickly grown into one of the UAE’s largest and most innovative fresh produce providers. It is constantly awarded by the Dubai municipality for its commercial performance and compliance with food safety standards.

These articles appeared in the Mediterranean & Middle East Special Report on pages 38-40 of issue 142 of Eurofresh Distribution magazine. Read more of that edition online here.


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Carrefour to keep up brisk rate of convenience store openings

Carrefour reports Increase in net sales: €76.9bn, +3.0% on an organic basis.

“Carrefour is consolidating its position as a multi-format international retailer and in 2016 will continue to open convenience stores at a swift pace in all countries.” That’s one of the key points the retailer lists in a section on the outlook for this year in recently published documents on its results for 2015.

Of its 1,123 store openings last year, 850 were convenience stores. As at the end of 2015, it had a total of 12,296 stores under its banners around the world and 7,181 of them were convenience stores.

Carrefour also says it has “with strong ambitions for its multiformat model” and is “accelerating its digital transformation as it pursues its omnichannel ambition.”


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Carrefour to acquire Billa supermarkets in Romania

Carrefour says its planned acquisition of the Billa network in Romania would see it become the leading supermarket operator in the country.

Carrefour has announced an agreement to acquire the network of 86 Billa supermarkets in Romania from the Rewe group.

In a press release, Carrefour said the stores are spread throughout Romania, with a total sales area of 83,000 m2.

“Through this acquisition, Carrefour would become the leading supermarket operator in Romania, strengthening its multiformat offer to better serve its clients. The completion of this transaction remains subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities,” it said.

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Carrefour opens 4th distribution centre in China

December 2, 2015, the grand opening ceremony of Carrefour supply chain in China-North-West China distribution center is held in Wuqing Economic Development Area, Tianjin municipality

Carrefour has consolidated its supply chain in China with the December 2 grand opening of its North-West China distribution centre in the Tianjin municipality.

The centre is intended to be a bridge for Carrefour China’s supply chain in northern China, radiating out to the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei integration economic cycle and Shandong, Shanxi and other provinces’ logistics and distribution network. It is also designed to increase distribution efficiency, support the business of stores, and boost regional economics.

Located in ProLogis modern international distribution park, Wuqing economic development area, in the Tianjin municipality, Carrefour’s northern distribution centre covers 39,000 m2.

It will use the Voice Picking System, achieving 99.997% in its picking accuracy rate. The trays utilise 100cm*120 standard operating procedure to reduce packaging and labour costs and improve efficiency; moreover, the centre is equipped with professional temperature controlled room which sustain temperatures of 18-22 degrees for the storage of alcohol, chocolate and milk powder.

The northern China distribution centre will cover more than 30 stores in northern China, greatly improving the company’s northern China supply chain system to provide more high-quality, convenient products and services for numbers of consumers, Carrefour said in a press release.

After the establishment of the distribution centre in Eastern, western and northern region, it plans to set up 2 new distribution centres in North-East Territory and South Territory of China.

By the end of 2016, Carrefour estimates it will have completed the establishment of 6 modern distribution centres in China, covering more than 200 hypermarkets in China to fully support its emerging businesses such as its e-commerce operations and “easy Carrefour” convenience stores.

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Carrefour open its first City store in a French airport

Carrefour’s first City convenience store located in a French airport is based in the departures lounge of Paris-Orly’s south terminal. Open 6am–10pm, 7 days a week, it stocks nearly 3,000 items.

Carrefour has opened its first City convenience store located in a French airport.

Based in the departures lounge of Paris-Orly’s south terminal, the new outlet has 200 m² of sales area and stocks nearly 3,000 items.

In a press release, Carrefour Group said the store – open 6am–10pm, 7 days a week – features:

  • a wide selection of organic products, as well as hot and cold snacks and gluten-free products
  • Carrefour brand products – including a special area for Reflets de France regional products – as well as national brand products
  • on-site bread slicing
  • the same prices as those found in town centre City stores

Carrefour said the Orly City store features a wide selection of products to meet customers’ day-to-day shopping needs, as well as what they need to eat on-the-go: grocery products, fruit and vegetables, home maintenance products, ready-to-cook/eat products, snacks, etc. It said the store will also contribute to the airport’s business dynamic and help local employment – 6 employees will be recruited from neighbouring towns.

“By entering into this new partnership and including a leading name that has become synonymous with retail in France, Aéroports de Paris is seeking to provide travellers and visitors – as well as the airport’s employees and partners – with as broad a range of stores as possible. We want to ensure that our airports are accessible to all of our customers,” said Aéroports de Paris CEO Augustin de Romanet.

According to Carrefour CEO Georges Plassat: “This initiative that we have launched with Aéroports de Paris is a shining example of Carrefour’s unique multi-format profile. In many countries, we anticipate our customers’ needs, creating stores that are specifically designed to meet their requirements, selling products and providing services designed to make their lives easier.”


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Carrefour expands convenience format in Shanghai

Carrefour launched its second Easy Carrefour store in Shanghai on June 30. The new proximity format store is located on Chaling North Road, Xuhui District.

Carrefour launched its second Easy Carrefour store in Shanghai on June 30.

The new proximity format store is located on Chaling North Road, Xuhui District.

In a press release, the French retail group said its Easy Carrefour format “is an innovation as well as a breakthrough in profitable mode. In recent years, Carrefour has been trying various ways to open up a larger market, including eCommerce and convenient stores,” it said.

Carrefour’s proximity stores sell takeaway food

Easy Carrefour stores cover up to 280m2, with two levels. The first floor offers fast food, cooked food, dairy products, salads, and semi-cooked food, as well as shampoo and washing powder and some French brands. On the second floor there is an open space with free Wi-Fi  where customers can stay for a rest or to have a meal, Carrefour said.

China expected to be growth leader

On announcing its third quarter results last year, Carrefour said it was continuing its expansion in China despite “a frugal consumption environment.”

Carrefour was the first retailer to open a hypermarket in China – in 1995, in Beijing. It now manages about 240, across 73 cities there.

A hypermarkert opened by Carrefour in China in December

Carrefour CEO Georges Plassat has said Carrefour plans to continue expanding its market share in China, focusing on “newly developing urban areas.” Both China and Brazil “will continue to be growth leaders for the future. Income levels will increase substantially in emerging countries, which should bolster our business over the medium term.”

According to China Daily USA, Carrefour is expected to open 15 new hypermarkets in China this year and roll out more convenience stores.

source: Carrefour

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Vote today on EU clamp down on plastic carrier bags

Draft rules requiring EU countries to cut use of the most polluting plastic bags will be put to a vote in Strasbourg today

Draft rules requiring EU countries to cut use of the most polluting plastic bags will be put to a vote in Strasbourg today.

With pollution of water bodies and aquatic ecosystems a major environmental problem, the law would require EU member states to choose between two options:

  • take measures to ensure that average yearly consumption does not exceed 90 lightweight bags per citizen by 2019 and 40 by 2025, or
  • ensure that, by 2018, these bags are not handed to shoppers free of charge.

According to the European Parliament website, in 2010, every EU citizen used an estimated 198 plastic carrier bags, some 90% of which were lightweight. Estimates suggest more than eight billion plastic carrier bags became litter in the EU the same year.

Carrefour also seeking alternatives to plastic bags for loose fruit and vegetables

French retail giant Carrefour said in its recently published 2014 annual report that it stopped handing out free plastic bags in 2012 in consolidated stores in all its countries except Argentina and Brazil, where the process is underway.

“In anticipation of future European regulations, the Group is working to identify alternatives to the plastic bags currently used for loose purchases of fruits and vegetables,” it also said.

source: EU Parliament

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Carrefour reports first quarter sales growth of 3.2%

France’s Carrefour has reported organic sales growth of 3.2% for the first quarter of 2015 with total sales of €21 billion.

France’s Carrefour has reported organic sales growth of 3.2% for the first quarter of 2015 with total sales of €21 billion.

Also compared to the first quarter of 2014, the hypermarket group’s organic sales (ex calendar and ex petrol) in France were up 2.6% to €9.5 billion, while its international sales grew at a slightly higher rate, 3.6%, to €11.5 billion.

Convenience and other formats confirmed their momentum with organic growth of 6.2% while in hypermarkets it was 2.2% and supermarkets 2.0%.

source: Carrefour