Supermarket chain Carrefour is expanding further in China’s online market, with the launch of e-commerce in the capital Beijing on Thursday [28 April 2016]. After its Shanghai debut in June 2015, Carrefour’s e-commerce service became available in Beijing via personal computers and mobile applications. The service will reach residents in Chengdu, Southwest China’s Sichuan Province, this summer and the company plans to offer e-commerce “where we have stores,” Thierry Garnier, president and CEO of Carrefour China, told a press conference in Beijing…Full Article: Apr 2016

Key Points

  • As of 2016, Carrefour had 228 stores in mainland China located across 70 cities. The retailer plans to open an additional 50 convenience stores in Shanghai in 2016. In addition, Carrefour hopes to open two new logistic/distribution centers by the end of 2016 (bring its total to six).
  • In March 2015, Carrefour announced it would develop its online-to-offline (O2O) business and open more convenience stores.

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  • As of late-2015, Carrefour had 232 outlets in over 70 cities in mainland China.
  • In December 2015, Carrefour opened a new distribution center in Tianjin. The logistics center would supply 30 supermarkets.
  • 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.

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