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Russian retailers take preventive measures against Covid-19

Russian retailers take preventive measures against COIVD-19

Lenta, the 4th largest Russian food retailer, installs protective screens

To protect their cashiers, Lenta, N4 Russian food retailer, is being installing plastic screens. The work has been completed in all 249 retailer’s hypermarkets, and will be completed in its 131 supermarkets by the end of March. It is one among other measures taken by the retailer: the improvement of ventilation systems work, more frequent cleaning of the premises, temperature control for stuff and the installation of disinfection units in every store.

Magnit sends its staff to remote work

Magnit, the second largest Russian food retailer, is going to send half of their office staff for the remote work, in the first place, pregnant women and 50 years old and more employees. Those who cannot work remotely will communicate with all third partners by phone. Total staff of Magnit by the end of 2019 was 308,000, including 50,000 of office workers.

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Fresh Food Russia brings together retailers and producers

Dedicated to the production and retail sale of fresh produce, the VII international forum Fresh Food Russia 2016 was held at the Moscow World Trade Center on November 24, drawing top managers from national and regional retail companies and the heads of fresh produce companies who discussed burning issues such as the development of the fresh category in Russian retail stores and collaboration between retailers and producers.

Dedicated to the production and retail sale of fresh produce, the 7th edition of the international forum Fresh Food Russia 2016 was held November 23-25 at the Moscow World Trade Center.

Organised by BBCG B2B Conference Group, Fresh Food Russia drew top managers from national and regional retail companies and the heads of fresh produce companies.

Burning issues for the sector, such as the development of the fresh category in Russian retail stores and collaboration between retailers and producers, were among the topics discussed there.

Among the 25 expert speakers were Van Vreden (Lenta), Valeriy Vergun (Dixy), Oksana Shuliko (O’Key), Evgeniy Rimsky (VkusVill) and Egor Shumilin (X5 Retail Group).

Vergun said Dixy has moved to closer cooperation with local growers of fresh produce and local brands now account for the largest share of its assortment.

Valery Vergun, Dixy Group

Shuliko, head of the fresh category purchase at O’Key, said one of its current strategies is the development of the cooperation with the local producers.

Vreden, commercial director of Lenta, stressed the importance of close cooperation between suppliers and retailers, direct supplies and modern logistics infrastructure

Rusbaltika founder José Rodríguez discussed data on trade in fresh produce, recent import changes and major trade partners, as well as sharing some success stories. 

Forum moderator K. Kamenskaya said the results of the forum confirm the importance of bilateral meetings between relevant stakeholders.

A welcome trend was observed in the relationships between retail commercial departments and key suppliers of fresh produce – they are shifting to long term contracts.

On the second day, B2B meetings took place between fresh produce suppliers and retail buyers, including from companies such as Magnit, Perekrestok, Dixy, Gyperglobus and Azbuka Vkusa.

Oksana Shuliko from O’Key Market Company (right)

Images source: http://www.b2bcg.ru/events/fresh-food-russia-2016/photo.php

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