CANADA: Giant Tiger unveils its new distribution centre to Edwardsburgh/Cardinal township

Canada’s leading discount retailer hosts welcome event in Johnstown Industrial Park

OTTAWA, CA, 2017-Oct-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Tiger Stores Limited, the leading Canadian owned family discount retailer, is hosting a fun-filled welcome event to introduce its new state-of-the-art distribution centre to the township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal and its surrounding communities. The new facility occupies approximately 600,000 square feet of warehouse and office space and will phase in operations starting January 2018.

“We are very excited to be operating in the Edwardsburgh/Cardinal township. From the moment we broke ground everyone has been so welcoming,” said Mike Quinn, Vice President, Warehousing and Distribution at Giant Tiger. “Our warehouse staff are very excited about the new facility. It has been designed to be a state-of-the art distribution centre that is very much centered around our people. From the bright natural light, to the gym and games room and the friendly apple orchard, this facility is a reflection of the Giant Tiger brand; friendly, community-centric and people-focused.”

During the event on September 30th members of the community will get to tour the facility and chat with Giant Tiger staff about the logistics of this state-of-the-art distribution centre. “Our new distribution centre is part of the overall growth strategy for Giant Tiger,” explains Thomas Haig, President and COO. “Everything from land selection to the configuration of racking and machinery has been carefully considered. Perhaps one of the most exciting components is that people will be able to see the new robotic system, which will help complement and add efficiencies and safety measures to our operations.”

The day will begin with welcome speeches and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Members of Giant Tiger’s executive team, including President and COO Thomas Haig, will be joined by members of the municipality, including Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Mayor Patrick Sayeau, MPP Steve Clark and MP Gord Brown. Scott Reid, on behalf of the founding family, will also be in attendance.

The event is entirely family-friendly and includes a facility sneak peak, all-day musical performances and shows on the mainstage, a charity BBQ, a kids’ zone with face painting and opportunities for families to get close to construction vehicles with our Touch a Truck area.

“We can’t wait for the community to come and celebrate with us,” adds Mike Quinn. “This has been a major project for Giant Tiger and is evidence of how committed we are to growth and development. It is giving us the space and technology we require to meet the needs of our expanding store count across Canada.”

The new Giant Tiger distribution centre is scheduled to be fully operational by summer 2018.

About Giant Tiger
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian owned family discount store, committed to providing on-trend family fashions, groceries and everyday household needs. Known as Canada’s best kept secret the privately held company has over 235 locations across Canada and employs over 8,300 team members. All Giant Tiger locations are locally owned or operated by a team member who knows the community. Giant Tiger Stores Limited donates $2 million annually to charities and agencies directly in our communities. The friendly stores with the iconic yellow logo are not only where Canadians shop more and spend less, but also are proud to be known as retailer of choice. #ForYouForLess #GTCommunityProud #GTCanadaProud

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RUSSIA: X5 Retail Group opens new distribution centre in Perm

Perm, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, announces the development of its Urals logistics infrastructure with the opening of a distribution centre (DC) in Perm.

The logistics facility of over 23,500 sq m will supply Pyaterochka stores in the Perm Region (currently more than 280 stores). Featuring five storage zones, each with a specific temperature band, the facility is designed to accommodate all categories of goods. This multi-format distribution centre is a key milestone in developing X5’s logistics infrastructure in the Urals, with the aim of optimising the number of DCs while also ramping up their capacity and capabilities.

The new logistics centre will ensure the freshness and availability of goods as Pyaterochka continues its active expansion, help to cut transportation costs, and unlock new opportunities for local producers. The Perm DC will be a focal point for local producers, enabling them to increase sales and bring their products to other regions. At full capacity, the DC will be able to process and handle products from over 350 local suppliers. The share of local producers in Pyaterochka’s product mix in the Perm Region is 22%, while in some categories (like bread and bakery) it reaches as much as 90%.

The logistics facility has increased the number of jobs provided by the Pyaterochka retail chain in the Perm Region by 230 to exceed 3,900 jobs.

The DC opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Industry, Entrepreneurship and Trade of the Perm Region Alexey Chibisov and Pyaterochka CEO Olga Naumova. X5 Retail Group also invited managers from over 70 suppliers to take part in the ceremony. After the ceremony, the Perm DC hosted the X5 Dialogue Forum, where representatives of X5 Retail Group’s chain stores shared X5’s best practices in partnering with local suppliers and food producers. The local manufacturers received valuable advice on how to build relationships with retail chains, including information on product quality controls and requirements for transportation, storage, sales and disposal of food products set out in the Customs Union’s and X5’s relevant technical regulations.

X5 Retail Group views the development of logistics infrastructure as a strategic priority for the next few years. For the second year running, X5 leads the market by the number of DCs opened during the year. In 2015, X5 opened six new DCs with a total area of 142,000 sq m, while the area of the seven new DCs opened in 2016 totalled 212,000 sq m.

For further details please contact:
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Andrey Vasin
Investor Relations Officer
Tel.:+7 (495) 662-88-88 ext. 21-456
e-mail: Andrey.Vasin@x5.ru

Source:: X5 Retail Group

X5 Retail Group opens new distribution centre in Orenburg, Russia

Orenburg, 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer, announces the development of its logistics infrastructure in the Southern Ural Region with the opening of a distribution centre (DC) in Orenburg.

The 19,000 sq m logistics facility will serve the Pyaterochka chain in the Orenburg Region (currently more than 220 stores), and will also supply 120 stores in the Republic of Bashkortostan starting in April. Featuring four separate temperature zones, the facility is designed to store nearly all categories of goods.

The new logistics centre is designed to ensure the availability and freshness of goods even as Pyaterochka continues its active expansion. It will also help to cut transportation costs and unlock new opportunities for local suppliers. The Orenburg DC will be the focal point for local producers, helping them to increase sales and bring their products to new regions. Some have been enjoying the benefits of the DC for several months, as centre has been in operation since November 2016. Today, the DC has reached 100% capacity: it is now ready to handle and accommodate products from over 300 suppliers. The logistics facility increased the number of jobs supported by the Pyaterochka retail chain in the Orenburg Region by 180, with the total now exceeding 2,800 jobs.

The official opening ceremony for the DC was attended by Orenburg region Governor Yuri Berg and Pyaterochka CEO Olga Naumova. X5 Retail Group also invited management from over 50 suppliers to take part in the event. After the ceremony, Orenburg DC hosted the X5 Dialogue Forum, where representatives of X5 Retail Group’s stores shared best practices in partnering with local suppliers and food producers. Local manufacturers received valuable advice on how to build relationships with retail chains, including information on product quality controls and requirements for transportation, storage, sales and disposal of food products set out in the Customs Union’s and X5’s technical regulations.

X5 Retail Group views the development of logistics infrastructure as a strategic priority for the next several years. For the second year running, X5 leads the market by the number of DCs opened throughout the year. In 2015, X5 opened six new DCs with a total area of 142,000 sq m, while the seven new DCs opened in 2016 totalled 212,000 sq m.

Note to Editors:

X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘Ba3’, S&P – ‘BB-’) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands.

As of 31 December 2016, X5 had 9,187 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 8,363 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 539 Perekrestok supermarkets, 91 Karusel hypermarkets and 194 convenience stores. The Company operates 35 DCs and 2,318 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2015, revenue totalled RUB 808,818 mln (USD 13,268 mln), Adjusted EBITDA reached RUB 59,413 mln (USD 975 mln), and net profit for the period amounted to RUB 14,174 mln (USD 233 mln). In 9M 2016, revenue totaled RUB 739,491 mln (USD 11,443 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 56,361 mln (USD 872 mln), and net profit amounted to RUB 19,874 mln (USD 308 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.06%, treasury shares – 0.01%, free float – 37.64%.

Forward looking statements:

This announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forwardlooking statements”. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not only relate to historical or current events. Forward-looking statements often use words such as “anticipate”, “target”, “expect”, “estimate”, “intend”, “expected”, “plan”, “goal”, “believe”, or other words of similar meaning.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances, a number of which are beyond X5 Retail Group N.V.’s control. As a result, actual future results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set out in these forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of X5 Retail Group N.V. speak only as at the date of this announcement. Save as required by any applicable laws or regulations, X5 Retail Group N.V. undertakes no obligation publicly to release the results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this document that may occur due to any change in its expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

Contact:

Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.:+7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Andrey Vasin
Investor Relations Officer
Tel.:+7 (495) 662-88-88 ext. 21-456
e-mail: Andrey.Vasin@x5.ru

Source: X5 Retail Group

SPAR Kaliningrad opened new distribution centre to serve growing network of SPAR stores in Russia

Russia, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Russia Partner, SPAR Kaliningrad, has opened a new Distribution Centre (DC) of 12,500 m2 in size, with the capacity to deliver to the growing network of SPAR stores in Russia.

The DC has been specifically developed to supply SPAR and EUROSPAR Supermarkets with dry groceries, chilled produce such as eggs, meat and fish, as well as frozen seafood, preserved fish and caviar. Additionally, there is a banana maturing area of 60 m2 with a supporting 145 m2 picking zone. There is also capacity to distribute fruit and vegetables from a dedicated area of 949 m2 in size.

The grand opening on 15 September was attended by key representatives of the local community who expressed great enthusiasm in the on-going growth of the local company, which creates many valuable job opportunities.

Meeting retail needs

SPAR Kaliningrad became a member of the SPAR family in 2013. Owner and Director, Oleg Ponamarev, has supported the rapid development of the retail business, which has opened a total of 17 EUROSPAR and SPAR Supermarkets to date.

The development of the supermarket business complements the existing well established bakery and has seen an expansion of the fresh offer available in SPAR and EUROSPAR Supermarkets. Learnings taken from other SPAR Partners in Russia and other countries have been adapted to meet the needs of local customers and tourists to the region.

Kaliningrad is one of the smallest and most European of all Russian regions, situated just 30 km from Poland. This unique geographical positioning of Kaliningrad has resulted in shoppers having access to a variety of cuisines and a diverse product range.

Benefiting from global supplier expertise

With a ceiling height of 11 metres, the DC has capacity for 2,605 SKU’s with products stored on the Mecalux racking and moved by equipment sourced from BT Toyota. The 17 loading bays are fully utilized during peak periods, with 24 drivers using 16 trucks to collect and distribute the products from the facility to retailers.

The dignitaries in attendance at the opening ceremony, which was led by a local priest include: Mr Sergey Lutarevich, Minister of Agriculture for the Kaliningrad region; Mr Andrey Romanov, President of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs; Board Member of the Agro-industrial complex OVA, Mr Andrey But-Gusaim; Partner and Board Member of Semia group, Mr Andrey Shumilin; City Council member, Dmitry Danilov; Chairman of the Board of Evropeysky Bank, Kirill Samarev; Director of Russian Bread-Baking Plant, Alexander Kolodyajny; Principal Contractor, Leonid Stepanyuk; and General Director of DSV-transport, Oleg Urbanyuk.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International