French retailer Carrefour SA launched a distribution center in Dongguan, Guangdong province, on Tuesday [31 May 2016], to facilitate its business expansion in South China. Thierry Garnier, president and chief executive officer of Carrefour China, said the company will bring new business formats, including the online-to-offline business and convenience stores, and set up more hypermarkets in new cities. “Launching the distribution center will be of key importance to a long-term strategic development in China,” Garnier said…Full Article: ECNS.cn June 2016

Key Points

  • In mid-June 2016, Carrefour plans to open its sixth distribution center in China.
  • Carrefour’s Dongguan distribution center (Guangdong Province) is the French company’s fifth such center in China. The Dongguan center will supply 30 Carrefour retail stores located in the provinces of Guangdong, Hainan, and Fujian.

ChinaAg Comments

  • 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).
  • In December 2015, Carrefour opened a distribution center in Tianjin Municipality. As of late 2015, Carrefour had 232 outlets in over 70 cities in mainland China.
  • 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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