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Carrefour is working with Urbasolar and investing in photovoltaic awnings in 36 of its hypermarket car parks. The initiative will support Carrefour’s climate plan.

Improving “green” credentials

Urbasolar is France’s leading supplier of independent photovoltaic awnings. The installation of these parking canopies will generate electricity for the hypermarkets’ own use. Carrefour is the first retailer in France to use this method of generating electricity for its stores.

The canopies provided by Urbasolar will cover several hundred parking spaces in each of the 36 superstores. They will provide shelter from the elements for customers of the store as well as harnessing solar power for the stores. Across the 36 stores, the panels will generate 21,000 MWh of green energy, and avoiding 210 tonnes of CO2 each year that they are functional. The power generated will be part of the energy needed to run the stores, and will make Carrefour the leading user of a self-consumption energy system in France.

Contributing to the broader CSR effort

This innovative approach illustrates Carrefour’s commitment to finding alternative energy sources and delivering against its CSR commitments.

Carrefour Belgium uses the technology to track pork, while Carrefour Italia extends blockchain usage to citrus fruit.

Smartphone traceability in Belgium

Carrefour has been working with Vinçotte, a Belgian start-up, to provide a digital traceability solution for customers buying from its ‘Pork of Yesteryear’ range, which is a part of the ‘Carrefour Quality Line’. "The application will enable stakeholders to react more quickly and even more accurately to potential problems in the supply chain, thereby ensuring better overall food security", says Marco Croon, CEO of Vinçotte.

The solution involves a QR code being fixed to the packaging during processing. The code can then be scanned with a smartphone to enable a customer to identify the source of the product. After scanning the QR code, the customer is taken to a web page where they can make any comments or register complaints as well as find recipes to make with the product.

Carrefour is the only retailer in Belgium to offer this technology, and more products are expected to be added throughout the year.

Source: Carrefour

Carrefour Italy applies blockchain technology to fruit

Carrefour Italy has applied blockchain technology to Tarre Oranges and Sicilian Lemons. The citrus fruits are available in all Carrefour Italy outlets and are part of the Carrefour Quality Filiera brand. This line, in particular, is focused on sustainability and quality, with fruit sourced from 25 farms selected in Eastern Sicily that adhere to set sustainability guidelines.

Giovanni Panzeri, MDD Director of Carrefour Italia said "We are proud of the results obtained so far with blockchain traceability, which has attracted a strong interest in consumers, more and more attentive to the transparency of products and supply chain, and an important involvement of our producers, who enthusiastically joined our proposal. In fact, the blockchain represents a pact of trust between Carrefour Italia, the end customer and the manufacturing companies, who espouse our values of total transparency of information and product quality. "

Source: Carrefour

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Expansion of the existing network of Pedestrian Drive stores set to increase by the end of January 2019, and AI being used to optimise supply chain.

31 Pedestrian Drive stores opening this month

In April 2018 Carrefour opened its first Pedestrian Drives stores in Paris and the Lyon region of France. The additional 31 stores being opened this month will take the total number of stores in this format to 42.

Customers can order their goods online or via the app, then collect their shopping as promptly as the following day from their nearest store. Using the drive stores allows customers to order from around 15,000 products Carrefour has more than 250 convenience stores within Paris, and the addition of the new Pedestrian Drive stores strengthens the omnichannel approach of the retailer.

Source: Carrefour

Investment in technology to develop supply chain

Carrefour is piloting an automatic recognition project in a hypermarket in Claye-Souilly. The technology has been developed by Qopius, a French start-up company, and was initially tested in a hypermarket in Portet-sur-Garonne. The technology uses cameras to detect breakages on shelf and monitor planograms. Any anomalies are notified to store staff in real time, allowing them to be fixed quickly.

Artificial Intelligence is also being used by Carrefour to improve inventory management and reduce wastage. Following a successful 18-month trial, the retailer will be using the technology to gather information from stores, warehouses and online services to refine forecasting and ordering processes. Franck Noël-Fontana, Forecast Director at Carrefour France said "The deployment of the SAS platform will help us turn the corner in optimising our supply chain."

Source: Carrefour


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