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We share the latest developments from the Netherlands as Jumbo and Coop acquire Emté supermarkets, Poiesz buys the Van Smaak meal delivery service and Picnic partners with Wehkamp.

Jumbo and Coop acquire Emté supermarkets…

Following speculation about the future of the Emté supermarket business, parent company Sligro Food Group has sold the chain to Jumbo and Coop Netherlands. The deal, which is worth €410m, will see the retailers acquire 130 Emté stores, two distribution centres, a meat plans and supporting Sligro divisions.

Two thirds of the Emté business will be integrated into Jumbo, the country’s second largest retailer. The remaining third will be integrated into Coop Netherlands. Real estate across 27 locations will also be sold, while Sligro will become Jumbo-owned La Place’s supplier.

In 2017, Emté achieved a turnover of €828m.

…As Poiesz buys Van Smaak meal delivery service

Elsewhere, Poiesz has acquired the Van Smaak meal delivery service. The two companies have partnered on the home delivery of products since last year, using a shared logistics network.

Picnic partners with Wehkamp

In other news, Picnic has partnered in a trial with online non-food retailer Wehkamp. This will allow Picnic’s customers in the Amersfoort area to return products from Wehkamp to Picnic couriers.

The collaboration will include the connection of ‘complex logistics flows and ICT systems’, while offering shoppers added convenience.

Dutch retailer, Jumbo, has announced plans to build a new online fulfilment centre, following the rapid growth of its online offer.

Responding to rapid growth

Jumbo has reported that capacity at its existing online fulfilment centre (FC) in Den Bosch, in the south of the Netherlands, will soon be met, due to the rising popularity of online shopping. The new facility will be adjacent to its existing temperature-controlled distribution centre in Raalte, in the north of the country. The new online FC should become operational in spring 2018.

Investing in online

Jumbo is expanding its online offer quickly, and offers online-only bulk buy products. The retailer has over 300 click and collect points in the Netherlands, plus home and small business delivery options. For more information on Jumbo’s supply chain, check out the Jumbo supply chain snapshot here.

Jumbo has unveiled electric vehicles for online deliveries.

Sustainable delivery option

Jumbo is to start using electric vehicles for its last mile online delivery service in Groningen, with Utrecht following suit shortly. The so-called ‘Street Scooter’ is specially designed for deliveries as a quieter alternative to traditional delivery vehicles, and doesn’t emit CO2 or have a negative effect on air quality.

Roy van Keulen, Jumbo’s Director for Online, commented: "As a family business, sustainability is in our genes and we feel responsible for the present and future generations. In everything we do, we want to make it easier and better for customers.”

Investing in online

Earlier this year, Jumbo announced plans to invest in its online supply chain, including doubling the number of stores that offer home delivery. Find out more about its online expansion plans, including a new automated distribution centre, here.

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