The stores were acquired in 2014 from the Dia Group and had entered the Carrefour 2022 plan as assets to be discarded for cost-saving reasons. Carrefour was looking for “attractive” offers to be able to make a profit with these stores, but finally this was not possible, in spite of a score of offers received from other distribution chains.
It should be remembered that in 2014 Carrefour spent around 650 million euros in purchasing the 273 supermarkets from the Dia Group. In 2017, these stores led to estimated losses of 180 million euros.
The closures will be accompanied by job losses for between 1,000 and 2,000 workers.
Euromadi has grown by 4.5%
The Euromadi Group has, amongst others, 92 food distribution companies, with Covirán, Masymas supermercados, Miquel Alimentació, Supermercados Lupa or Supersol standing out among them.
In 2017, the 137 associates that group together the purchases and services centre recorded aggregate sales of 18,494 million euros, meaning a rise of 4.5% compared to the previous year.
Tesco’s online store closed
While Mercadona is focusing all its efforts on creating the best online supermarket, in England, Tesco Direct is closing. Tesco Direct is the online store that Tesco opened in 2006. The main reason behind its closure is the fact that it did not make any money for the company and the products are going to be transferred to the large consumption online store, Tesco.com. In this way, economic resources can be freed up to be invested in the online store.
Ekoplaza, the plastic-free supermarket
Amsterdam has opened its first plastic-free supermarket. The new EkoplazaLab offers around 700 food and drink products where no plastics are used and it also avoids any petrol derivatives in bags and packaging available for public use.
The store has opted for only produce that is sold loose or wrapped in paper, cardboard or other alternatives that hold ecological certificates.
Ekoplaza has 74 establishments in Holland and it is the first plastic-free experience. This new concept will also be extended to The Hague in the summer and possibly to all the company’s establishments, or the idea is to have at least an aisle of plastic-free produce in the stores.
China as a retail laboratory
Carrefour is looking towards Asia as a field laboratory for the ‘new retail’ sector. The latest technologies, such as facial recognition for payment and an unprecedented commitment to fresh produce are the points that are characterising the new retail outlet belonging to the Carrefour group in China.
In its Carrefour 2022 plan, the French chain has marked out China as its most important target. At the beginning of the year the company announced agreements with Tencent technology and with Yonghui, the retailer that specialises in fresh produce. In this way, it is seeking to improve its electronic business on the Chinese market and to increase sales of fruit, vegetables, fish and meat.