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

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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.

Discover more about the Cdiscount deal here.

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Auchan and Ruentex's joint venture in China, Sun Art Retail Group, has announced plans to develop its e-commerce operations.

CNY1bn investment

In its H1 2016 results, where Sun Art announced a decline in its H1 profits by 3.4% to CNY1.46bn (£170m), the retailer announced plans to invest in its e-commerce operations. Its main online store, Feiniu.com, will benefit from a CNY1bn (£116m) investment in the coming two years and will be tightly linked with its physical stores, benefiting from its vast store network and strong supply chain. Sun Art expects its online business to break even in the fiscal year 2020-21.

A competitive environment

Bruno Robert Mercier, Sun Art's CEO and Executive Director commented: “In response to the dynamic retail market environment, the Group is consistently adhering to its strategies with prudent expansion, implementation of new formats, proactive development of our own brand products, as well as ongoing investment in E-commerce platforms, so as to enhance our differentiation and competitiveness…Moving forward, the challenges for the retail industry include the competitive environment driven by the rapid growth of E-commerce as well as market consolidation.”

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