Amazon partners with French supermarket giant Monoprix
Monoprix, one of France’s biggest grocery store chains, has signed a distribution deal with Amazon, which will make its groceries available to customers in Paris and its neighbourhood through Amazon’s Prime Now service.
Since Amazon agree to buy grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7bn last year, the e-commerce giant has made no secret of its desire to launch a grocery delivery service in Europe, specifically France.
Under the deal, grocery items from the Casino Group subsidiary will be available in the Prime Now app and website through a dedicated virtual store.
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Leclerc, France’s biggest food retailer by market share, was recently approached by Amazon over a potential logistics partnership, as competition in the retail sector heats up.
This has encouraged French retailers to strengthen their own online offerings and catch up with its competitors.
In November, Casino Group announced that it was going to partner with British online supermarket Ocado, utilising its e-commerce platform to help it expand.
Meanwhile, French firm Carrefour, the world’s second-largest retailer, announced that it is going to invest EU€2.8bn in digital commerce by 2020, six times its current investment.
“Thanks to this unique partnership between Amazon and Monoprix, Casino Group reinforces its omnichannel distribution strategy and gets even closer to its customers and their needs,” said Jean-Charles Naouri, Chairman and CEO of Casino Group.
“This commercial partnership is a new milestone in Casino Group strategy to innovate ever more for tomorrow's urban commerce.”
Jim Donald appointed the CEO of Albertsons
Donald, who previously worked as the company...
The Idaho-based grocery chain, Albertsons, has appointed Jim Donald as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Donald, who previously worked as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, will keep his presidential role.
The new CEO will replace Bob Miller, who will continue in his position as Chairman of the Board.
“Jim Donald has built an exceptional career in retail,” remarked Bob Miller.
“His knowledge of our company and industry is unmatched, and I know his contributions will be invaluable as we enter the next chapter of Albertsons Companies.”
“We look forward to tapping his experience in leading large consumer brands as we work every day to meet our customers’ needs, both in-store and online.”
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In his career, Donald has held positions such as the CEO of Starbucks and the CEO of Pathmark Stores.
The newly-appoint CEO also worked for Albertsons for 15 years, starting 1976, becoming the Vice President of Operations in Arizona.
“Albertsons Companies is uniquely positioned to operate in both a 'four walls' traditional environment and the 'no walls' world of technology,” stated Jim Donald.
“We serve 34 million customers each week across our 2,300-plus stores and serve 5.5 million patients in our 1,700-plus pharmacies.”
“That's a significant food, health and wellness footprint. We're well positioned to serve the evolving needs of today's customer, wherever and whenever they choose to shop with us.”
“I am looking forward to leading this dynamic company as we focus on innovation and customer-centric retailing in all its forms.”