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As recent announcements from all the country’s leading retailers show, investment in digital commerce in France is rising. We review these developments and look at what it may mean for one of Europe’s largest online grocery markets.

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Auchan’s online offering, AuchanDirect, has opened a new distribution centre near Paris.

Fully automated facility

The new distribution centre, which is 22,000 sq m, is fully automated and began operating earlier this month. It’s strategically located in Chilly-Mazarin, near Paris, which will allow it to deliver products in Paris and the three departments bordering the city (known as 'la première couronne') within six hours by January 2017. It currently takes an average of 24 hours to deliver.

€30m investment

The warehouse cost Auchan €30m to build. It’s a multi-temperature facility and will initially hold 7,500 products, increasing to 18,000 by the end of 2017.

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Auchan Retail Russia and Radius Group are to build a distrubtion centre in Russia, which will be one of Europe's largest.

138,000 sq m facility

Auchan's new distribution centre will be built in the Domodedovo district of the Moscow region in western Russia.The 138,000 sq m facility will be the largest single-user building in Europe, and Auchan will invest RUB6bn in the project, which is in conjunction with Radius Group. The logistics centre will serve over 50 Auchan stores in the region, capable of handling over 230 trailers simultaneously.

Logistics a key element of successful retailing

Oleg Alkhamov, CEO for hypermarkets at Auchan Retail Russia, commented: "During the first stage we plan to build infrastructure for a warehousing centre that will allow us to expand it in the future. This is a major investment project that we intend to implement in Moscow region. Russia has always had and continues to have enormous potential for our future growth, and logistics is a key element in successful retailing."

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Hot on the heels of Cdiscount's new alliance with Groupe Conforama, Auchan Retail has announced a buying agreement with Boulanger.

Covers branded products in France

Despite the name, which means baker, Boulanger is a multimedia and home appliances retailer with 130 stores in France. The partnership will cover negotiations for the purchase of national and international brands for household white, brown and grey goods (large electricals, televisions, computers) for the French market. It will apply to negotiations for 2017, which begin in October 2016.

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