Supermarket chain Carrefour on Wednesday [2 December 2015] opened a distribution center in North China’s Tianjin, providing logistics support for its more than 30 supermarkets in the region. The center covers 25,000 square meters and is intended to improve delivery efficiency in the Jing-Jin-Ji region – short for Beijing, Tianjin and North China’s Hebei Province – as well as neighboring areas including East China’s Shandong Province and North China’s Shanxi Province…Full Article: Dec 2015

Key Points

  • By the end of 2016, Carrefour hopes to have six new distribution centers in mainland China. From 2014 to 2015, Carrefour had already built four such centers (including the Tianjin facility).
  • As of late-2015, Carrefour had 232 outlets in over 70 cities in mainland China.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In November 2015, Carrefour opened its largest Asian-based supermarket in Beijing, its 20th in the capital region.
  • In March 2015, Carrefour was testing its “Carrefour Express” convenience store concept in Shanghai. The company also announced it would open 15 new Chinese hypermarkets in 2015.
  • In 2014, Carrefour opened 11 new hypermarkets in China, but closed eight. The company also intends to renovate 75 hypermarkets in the future.
  • In December 2013, Carrefour had 236 hypermarkets in 73 cities in mainland China and hoped to have stores in 100 cities by 2016.
  • In 2012, Carrefour was the 4th largest (6.9% market share) hypermarket chain in China.
  • Sun Art Retail Group Ltd. was the leader with a 13.6% market share. Sun Art Retail Group, a JV between Taiwan’s Ruentex Group and French retailer Groupe Auchan, overtook Wal Mart in 2010 and had 273 hypermarkets in China at the end of 2012.

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