Carrefour has launched an action plan to promote sales and compete with the big online platforms, such as Amazon or the Chinese site Alibaba. The French distribution giant announced that it will devote a total of 2,800 million euros over the next five years, equivalent to six times its current investment, “to gain a new digital and omni-channel scope.”
Aimed at recovering its leadership in France, gaining a million customers and raising the online share to 20%, the distribution network of electronic goods will extend to a total of 26 cities, with a service of under 1 hour available in 15 of them. And along the same lines, the Drive and Click&Collect services will be extended.
Mercadona is investing 80 million in its new offices
The supermarket chain has started the building work on the office block that will house its central offices in Albalat dels Sorells, 10 km from Valencia. The building work will involve an investment of 80 million euros to erect three new buildings with 25,000 m² of space and an underground car park.
The future corporate city will concentrate the company’s activity and services. The complex will have room to house a thousand workers and the work is planned to finish in 2021. According to Mercadona, the intelligent buildings have been designed using criteria of energy efficiency, sustainability and responsible use of water.
Amazon Go, its view of a local store
Located in the centre of Seattle, in this store you just have to pick up the product and leave the store with it. You don’t have to go through a checkout. An Amazon account and a downloaded app are needed in order to be able to make a purchase.
One of the company’s goals is to be able to shop with greater privacy. The customer doesn’t have to show what has been acquired to a human, but this factor is relative given that the data management system knows what has been purchased.