Retailer Carrefour buys French meal kit delivery startup Quitoque
French retailer Carrefour has acquired a majority take in Quitoque, a French startup that delivers meal kits to homes, in a bid to bolster its digital offering.
Carrefour CEO Alexandrew Bompar is trying to revamp the company’s French supermarket business and online retail service in the facing of ever-growing competition from e-retailers such as Amazon.
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.
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The latest acquisition of Quitoque aligns Carrefour with its ambition to become an “omnichannel universe of reference”, according to the company.
By using a subscription system, French company Quitoque offers varied and healthy recipes to be prepared at home with local, organic and seasonal ingredients.
Founded four years ago, the startup delivers nearly three million meals throughout France.
Speaking of the acquisition, Marie Cheval, Executive Director Customers, Services and Digital Transformation said: “Carrefour constantly strives to be closer to its customers and to enrich the shopping experience by offering innovative services that simplify everyday shopping.
He added: “At the crossroads of digital and food, Quitoque will enable us to strengthen our position in the Foodtech industry in order to provide an omnichannel response to new consumer habits through the combination of proximity, convenience and quality,” said at Carrefour.
As well as this, Carrefour has also announced that is hoping to use blockchain-based technology to enhance the traceability of its chickens.
Customers will be able to use their smartphones to scan a QR code on the package and obtain information added by farmers and producers which explains how the chickens were raised, what they were fed and how the meat was processed.
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.”