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Rewe has announced plans to invest in its online services, including launching a meal kit delivery service in Germany.

Rewe's online delivery service

Rewe recently launched a new app for its online shopping site and has been working to provide customers with more flexible and convenient ways to shop. Its new app has improved functionality and customers can now order and pay for their groceries all in one go. The retailer has also announced that it will expand its click & collect station network throughout 2017, with a particular focus on smaller towns and rural areas. The pick up service has no minimum value order and a fee of only €2. There are currently 15 pick up locations but Rewe has plans to expand this to 73 cities across Germany.

Meal kit market gathering pace

HelloFresh, which originated in Berlin, launched in 2012 and has become increasingly popular. In the first nine months of 2016 is achieved worldwide sales of €440m ($472m), double its sales in the same period of 2015. A number of similar start ups have also since entered the German market including Kochhaus and Kochzauber, but Rewe is the first major grocery retailer to introduce the service.

Its meal kit service builds on Rewe's online offer, with customers able to choose a recipe and select from recommended ingredients according to price and brand. This gives more flexibility and choice to the customer than the HelloFresh model, but targets the same customers who are looking to save time but still cook at home.

Multichannel focus

The introduction of the meal kit solution demonstrates Rewe's commitment to strengthening its multichannel offer, creating convenient ways for shoppers to purchase their groceries and save time. The advantage of purchasing a meal kit from a supermarket chain is that the service is combined with the online ordering service, allowing customers to purchase their usual groceries as well as the specific meal kits. This increases its convenience to shoppers and means that they only need to make one order from one place for all their grocery needs.

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Rewe Group has begun building a new distribution centre in Hungry.

26,500 sq m facility

Rewe Group’s discounter arm, Penny, has begun construction on a new distribution centre in Veszprem, central Hungary. The facility, which will be 26.5 thousand square metres in size, will employ 130 new workers and will see Rewe Group invest over €24m in the region.

Responding to consumer demand

The distribution centre has been strategically located for its road links to the north, west and east of Hungary, including Budapest, 120km away. It will serve 60 Penny discounter stores in southern and western Hungary. Rewe Group stated that Penny’s rapid sales growth in the country strongly contributed to the decision to invest in a new logistics hub.

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The pilot scheme is being trialled in Fuerstenfeldbruck, Germany, and is the retailers first full grocery Click and Collect offer.

Investment in online continues to grow

Rewe has previously ventured into online, however this has been primarily focused on non-food, with an online beauty shop, wine offer and pet supplies. In September 2015, the retailer trialled a premium meat offer, 'Beef by Rewe', offering customers the opportunity to order online and collect their meat in-store. This is being trialled in Cologne and the surrounding areas.

Convenient for customers

The new Click and Collect scheme will cost shoppers two euros, and they will be able to pick up their groceries even when the store is shut. Cooled collection boxes mean that temperature sensitive items can be purchased, opening up the full product range to customers. Another convenient element for shoppers is that payment can be cashless. Customers enter their order number on a screen when picking up their groceries, which then allows them to make a card payment.

Online grocery market in Germany

Despite online grocery shopping being slow to take off, it is starting to gain traction. This is in part due to the launch of Amazon pantry in October 2015, which has prompted retailers to react and invest more into their online offers. The entry of Amazon has also helped consumers become more accepting of grocery shopping online.

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