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Carrefour’s Polish operation will remove c. two million kilometres from its freight transport activities in 2018. This improvement will contribute to the overall Carrefour ambition of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% by 2025 (vs 2010 levels).

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Carrefour Italy has announced plans to begin using blockchain technology to improve traceability in the supply chain.

Building on wider success

Following Carrefour France’s launch of blockchain technology in March 2018, Carrefour Italy has said it will begin using similar solutions from September. The retailer said it would enable shoppers to see the entire supply chain of poultry products from 29 farms, two feed factories and one slaughterhouse.

A step towards total transparency

To access the information, shoppers scan a QR code that takes them to an interface created especially by Carrefour Italia that shows them all the information about where the product has come from. The next product that shoppers will be able to find out more about is its private label citrus fruits. Commenting on the initiative, Carrefour Italia’s director of operations, Stéphane Coum, said: “For Carrefour Italia, the traceability of the supply chain represents in this sense a further assumption of responsibility towards our customers and a new step towards total transparency.

Carrefour France expands blockchain use

Meanwhile, as part of a separate announcement, Carrefour France said it was extending the use of blockchain technology to its second product: tomatoes. Shoppers will be able to find out about the whole supply chain of the Carrefour Quality Line cored oblong tomatoes. The retailer said the solution was the result of a three year with the Rougeline cooperative, which has seen nine producers grow tomatoes without herbicide. Carrefour has committed to providing complete transparency of supply chains for eight products by the end of 2018.

UK-based Tesco and France-based Carrefour have announced an intention to enter into a long-term, strategic alliance. The retailers have said they expect the alliance will be formally agreed in the next two months.

Alliance to cover three areas

Carrefour and Tesco said the alliance would cover:

  • Strategic relationship with global suppliers
  • Joint purchasing of own brand products
  • Joint purchasing of goods not for resale

The retailers said they see the alliance being governed by a three-year agreement.

Explaining the rationale behind the alliance, they said they expect it ‘to improve the quality and choice of products available to their customers, at even lower prices thereby enhancing their competitiveness.’

Both stressed that each would ‘continue to work with supplier partners at a local and national level.

Chief executives’ statements

Discussing the alliance, Tesco’s chief executive, Dave Lewis, said: “ I’m delighted to be entering into a strategic alliance with Carrefour. By working together and making the most of our collective product expertise and sourcing capability, we will be able to serve our customers even better, further improving choice, quality and value.

Meanwhile, Carrefour’s chief executive, Alexandre Bompard, said: “This strategic alliance between Carrefour and Tesco is a major agreement as it combines the purchasing expertise of two world leaders, complementary in their geographies, with common strategies. This agreement is a great opportunity to develop our two brands at the service of our customers. This international alliance further strengthens Carrefour allowing it to reach a key milestone in the implementation of its strategy.

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Carrefour has opened a new ecommerce facility near Paris.

26,000 sq m facility

The 26,000 sq m distribution centre will supply the retailer’s Drive outlets in and around Paris. Located in Aulnay-sous-Bois, 14km north-east of Paris, it will serve around 50 Drive and pedestrian Drive outlets by the end of 2018.

Preparing for rising demand

The multi-temperature facility will first operate manually. In 2019, it will more than double the numbers of orders it can process daily from 3500 to 8000 when it becomes automated, as well as increasing the number of products available, from 13,000 to 20,000.

A crucial challenge

"Winning the town centre e-commerce battle is a crucial challenge for Carrefour. Thanks to this new platform, we're going to be able to supply our drive sales outlets in the Paris region, as well as our new pedestrian drives in the capital. The facility will be an additional asset for our Group and will enable Carrefour to take the diversity and quality of the service offering that it delivers to its customers to a whole new level", said Alexandre Bompard, Chairman and CEO of Carrefour.

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14/03/2018
Carrefour has announced a European first with a food blockchain initiative. It plans to extend the initiative to eight more product lines by the end of 2018.
03/02/2017
Learn how click and collect is developing in the UK, France and the US, and how you could create a seamless omnichannel experience for your customers.
19/08/2015
Growth in the online channel in France has been fuelled by click and collect and drive services. The switch in shoppers’ buying habits represents a transformational shift in the way they interact with retailers. Looking to benefit from the volume opportunity that the channel presents, Carrefour is on a journey to develop a profitable online fulfilment model, rather than merely adding scale.

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