K-Group to build new main office building in Kalasatama, Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland, 2016-Aug-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — K-kampus, the K-Group’s new main office building, will be built in Kalasatama, Helsinki. The new, modern workplace of around 1,700 Kesko employees will be completed in spring 2019. The building project will be carried out in cooperation with Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company.

In terms of both location and transport links, K-kampus in Kalasatama, Helsinki, will be excellent for the K-Group employees and its stakeholders alike. The building will be situated next door to the Kalasatama metro stop and the future shopping centre Redi, where also a K-supermarket and a K-Market will be built.

“A more unified K-Group is one of our strategic objectives. K-kampus, to be built in Kalasatama, will bring together nearly all Kesko employees working in different parts of the Greater Helsinki area. It will increase cooperation and make it easier, as well as enable higher efficiency”, says Kesko’s President and CEO Mikko Helander.

Finland’s most modern workplace
K-kampus will have offices on six floors and the building will cover almost the entire block. The office building is designed and will be built using the latest knowledge about multipurpose workspaces.

The workspaces will cater for different working needs, which is why they may vary from cafe style meeting places to spaces that offer complete silence. They can also be modified as necessary.

On the lowest floor of the building, the K-Group divisions and partners will be able to present their new products to employees and stakeholders. The K-supermarket to open on the grocery trade floor of the Redi shopping centre, and the K-Market to open in connection with the metro stop can be used for introducing the latest innovations to customers.

Employees closely involved in planning
Planning the new K-kampus has begun and the aim is to start building at the turn of the year. The employment effect of the project will be around 1,000 full time equivalents.

People moving to K-kampus are closely included in planning its functionality. In working groups formed to support planning, they can test and comment on, for example, suggestions concerning day-to-day efficiencies, the digital working environment and the flexible new working models of K-kampus.

“All of us K-Group employees work in order to deliver our common customer promise, K – for shopping to be fun. K-kampus, planned and implemented together, will provide unparalleled facilities for this. At the same time, it will be the landmark of the renewed K,” says Helander.

Kesko will sell its old head office property in Katajanokka to Varma. The main premises of Kesko and its predecessors, Maakauppiaiden Oy and Kauppiaitten Keskuskunta, have been located on the property since their completion in spring 1940.

K-kampus in brief:

  •  Kalasatama, Työpajankatu 12, FI-00580 Helsinki
  •   27,000 floor square meters, six floors
  •   Workplace of around 1,700 Kesko employees
  •   To be completed in spring 2019
  •  Building project to be carried out in cooperation with Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Further information:
President and CEO Mikko Helander will present the plans for K-kampus at Kesko’s half year financial report briefing today at 11.30. The briefing will be held at Katajanokka, Helsinki, Ankkurikatu 5, fourth floor.

An illustration of K-kampus is available on the “Current topics” page of Kesko’s material bank at http://aineistopankki.kesko.fi.

The about 45,000 exceptionally nice people of the K-Group work daily to make shopping fun for customers in our stores in the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries, Poland and Russia. We help our more than 1,500 stores serve their customers in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade, and the car trade. We do our work with a big heart while paying attention to society and the environment. We are already the most responsible food retailer in the world and always eager to try out something new. We are doing this to offer good choices both on the shelves of the local stores and online. www.kesko.fi

Contact:

Lauri Peltola
Senior Vice President
Corporate Responsibility
Communications and Stakeholder Relations
tel. +358 105 322 400

Leif Backman
K-kampus Project Director
tel. +358 43 824 3460
leif.backman@kesko.fi

Source: Kesko

Federated Co-operatives Limited to build two new fertilizer terminals in Western Canada

Saskatoon, SK, Canada, 2016-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is investing $75 million to build two new state-of-the-art, high-throughput fertilizer terminals in Western Canada.

“These are not only investments in agriculture, they are investments in western Canadian communities,” said Scott Banda, CEO of FCL. “The fact that we are building these facilities in a challenging economy shows that we are positioning retail co-ops to better serve their members, customers and communities in the long-term.”

Construction on the two terminals recently began at sites outside Hanley, Sask., and Brandon, Man. These facilities, which are expected to be fully operational in early 2017, will warehouse, blend and distribute a full suite of crop nutrition products throughout the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS). The Hanley terminal will be able to store up to 45,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer while the Brandon terminal will hold 27,500 metric tonnes.

“Investments like this are driving our province’s growth and building on the strong agricultural foundation Saskatchewan is known for,” Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said. “Our province is a key supplier of agricultural products for Canada and the world and there’s a need for continued innovation and investment to help our producers meet this growing demand.”

Rail access will allow both facilities to efficiently receive product from domestic and international suppliers, while each high-throughput terminal is centrally located for distribution to Co-op Agro Centres across Western Canada. Each terminal will be able to load a super B trailer of blended fertilizer in 10 minutes and dispense up to 400 metric tonnes of straight fertilizer in an hour.

“Producers want to purchase fertilizer, feed, crop supplies, fuel and equipment at one location. Co-op Agro Centres proudly provide all of those along with the benefits of membership,” said Brad Bauml, Executive Vice-President of Ag and Consumer Products, with FCL. “As owners, retail co-ops and their members will share in the success of these new terminals.”

Currently, 64 out of the 120 Co-op Agro Centre locations across Western Canada sell fertilizer. Many more Co-op Agro Centre locations are expected to add fertilizer to their farm offering, complementing the crop supplies and feed that they already provide, once the new terminals are online.

Contact:

Box 1050, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3M9
Suite 101 – 503 Wellman Crescent, Saskatoon, SK, S7T 0J1

PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.242.6685
CAREER INQUIRIES: careers@fcl.ca

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Federated Co-operatives Limited to build two new fertilizer terminals in Western Canada

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Federated Co-operatives Limited to build two new fertilizer terminals in Western Canada
Federated Co-operatives Limited to build two new fertilizer terminals in Western Canada

 

Source: Co-op Community space

METRO GROUP to build its largest logistics hub in Marl — the largest one in Germany

Düsseldorf, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO GROUP plans to build its largest logistics hub in Marl to service the German wholesale stores of METRO Cash & Carry and the Real hypermarkets. With a total area of more than 220,000 square meters and over 1,000 jobs, it will be at the same time the largest retail logistics park in the whole of Germany. The new hub represents a central element of METRO GROUP’s new logistics strategy announced in September 2015.

“The location in Marl is a stroke of luck for our logistics strategy in Germany”, says Mark Frese, Chief Financial Officer of METRO GROUP and also responsible for the company’s logistics. “With this new hub, we complete the new logistics network of METRO GROUP in Germany and will be able to even better meet the needs of our sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real in the future.” New, modern logistics hubs, a stronger centralisation of the goods flows as well as adaptations at the existing locations are to significantly enhance the product availability, quality and freshness. As part of the reorganization and replacing the former seven logistics hubs, the logistics services shall in the future be provided by two new, more modern and larger logistics centers as well as by one extended location, and handle a significantly larger volume of goods.

METRO GROUP had intensively examined potential properties in recent months. The main criteria included property size, development costs, soil conditions, ownership structure and transport infrastructure. Following the presentation of a new location in Kirchheim an der Weinstraße in March this year, the new METRO GROUP logistics park in Marl will combine the new, central German warehouses of Real and METRO Cash & Carry at one location. Together with the warehouse in Hamm, which is to be extended, the two new locations form the basis of the new, modernised logistics network of METRO GROUP in Germany.

At the newly created logistics hubs for METRO Cash & Carry and Real in Marl, gradually around 1,000 employees shall be working starting from Autumn 2017. All employees from the existing logistics locations in Essen, Kamen, Unna and Frechen will be offered jobs there.

Details of the retail logistics park in Marl:

Scheduled start of construction                                            3 rd quarter 2016

Area central & fresh produce warehouse Real                   approx. 140,000 m²

Area central & fresh produce warehouse                             approx. 80,000 m²
METRO Cash & Carry

Employees                                                                                  around 1,000

METRO GROUP is one of the most important international retailing companies. It generated sales of some €59 billion in financial year 2014/15. The company operates over 2,000 locations in 29 countries and employs more than 220,000 people. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands, which act independently on the market: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry, the international leader in the self-service wholesale trade; Media Markt and Saturn, the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing; and Real hypermarkets. www.metrogroup.de

METRO LOGISTICS Germany GmbH is the logistics services and competence centre of METRO GROUP. Within METRO GROUP the company steers the merchandise flows of the METRO GROUP sales lines METRO Cash & Carry, Real, Media Markt and Saturn. The range of products handled by METRO LOSTICS warehouses and platforms in Germany comprises some 20,000 items in the categories fresh, frozen and dry foods and several hundred articles in the categories fruits and vegetables, fresh fish and meat as well as non-food. METRO LOGISTICS employs around 3,200 employees in its distribution centres and its headquarters in Düsseldorf. www.metro-logistics.de

Contact:

METRO AG
Corporate Communications
Metro-Straße 1
40235 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 (0) 211 68 86-42 52
Fax +49 (0) 211 68 86-20 01
www.metrogroup.de
presse@metro.de

Source: METRO GROUP