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SPAR is re-entering the Greek grocery market as it looks to create and operate ‘the largest chain of independent food retailers in the country’. SPAR previously left the Greek market in 2015, having had a long standing partnership with Veropoulos.

350 stores to open in next four years

SPAR International's partnership with SPAR Hellas, will see 350 SPAR stores open throughout the country in the next four years. Over 1,400 SPAR private label products will be available, with many sourced locally.

Initially, the first ten stores will launch by July, building up to a total of 80 stores by the end of the year.

Partnerships at the heart of growth ambitions

As part of the expansion plans, SPAR Hellas is cooperating with the ASTERAS association, which will see ASTERAS convert the majority of its 200 stores to the SPAR banner. ASTERAS was established in the early 1990s and has 88 local supermarket owner-members. In 2016, its turnover was around €500m.

In turn, ASTERAS is also partnering with ‘the MESIS association, which has more than 500 stores across Greece and a reported €700m in sales’. SPAR Hellas will also establish new stores.

SPAR Hellas: combining local knowledge and international best practice

Commenting on the announcement, Fivos Karakitsos, CEO of SPAR Hellas said, ‘The combination of Greek retailers’ excellent local knowledge and SPAR international’s best practice and global brand, will result in innovative store layouts for the customer, excellent fresh products, a wide range of own brand products and value for money’.

SPAR International: SPAR will be dynamic in this competitive market

Tobias Wasmuht, SPAR International Managing Director said, ‘The Greek retail market is competitive but SPAR will act as a dynamic force, bringing quality, fresh produce, value and an excellent retail experience to our customers. I am confident that SPAR will create growth opportunities for independent retailers and Greek producers and suppliers, bolstering growth of the Greek economy’.

SPAR has unveiled a new online platform, which it describes as ‘faster, mobile user-friendly and useful to all (mobile) devices’. It also provides recipe inspiration and additional product information, with same day delivery is available if orders are placed before 10:00.

Convenience at the heart

The website functionality allows shoppers to repeat orders, based on their shopping history. One account can also be used for multiple delivery addresses, aimed to deliver ‘ease of ordering for healthcare institutions, businesses and volunteers’.

Dutch retailers compete for B2B customers

Competitors in the market are also tailoring their offer to better meet the needs of business customers. Albert Heijn has introduced a new range, helping it cater to‘corporate clients from SMEs to nurseries and car homes’. Elsewhere, Jumbo has partnered with Intrakoop, the largest purchasing cooperative in care. This will see Jumbo deliver weekly shopping to the 600-strong healthcare provider.

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DHL Supply Chain is to provide logistics and warehousing solutions to Spar Thailand.

300 new stores

Spar International has announced plans to open up to 300 new convenience stores in Thailand by the end of 2020. To support the expansion, Spar has chosen DHL to provide end-to-end transport, distribution and warehousing services across Thailand, along with BCR for the retailer’s front-end store infrastructure.

Optimising productivity

Spar will use two Bangkok DHL facilities for warehousing and distribution: Bang Na for ambient goods, and Klong Prapa for frozen. Both warehouses will use the WMOS warehouse management platform in order to optimise inventory accuracy and productivity.

Benefiting from proven experience

“To support Spar Thailand in delivering Spar’s global reputation for freshness, choice, quality, and service, we knew we needed a logistics partner with proven experience in maintaining world-class food retail supply chains,” said Tom Rose, Head of Operations at Spar International. “DHL’s track record in sustaining fast-growing food retailers, both in Thailand and other markets worldwide, gave us the confidence to use their infrastructure as the foundation of our local supply chain.”

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