Carrefour and La Poste groups partner to accelerate the development of home delivery services in France

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2018-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Carrefour and La Poste groups announce today (01/23/2018) the signing of a partnership to accelerate the development, on a national scale, of home delivery services for food and non-food shopping, for the benefit of consumers. This partnership is part of the priorities of the “Carrefour 2022” plan, presented today by Alexandre Bompard, Chairman and CEO of the Carrefour Group, whose aim is to accelerate the group’s digital transformation by developing an omni-channel system of reference.

Carrefour Livraison Express to reach 15 cities at end 2018
After successful roll-out in Paris and its immediate surroundings, followed by Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Montpellier, the Carrefour and La Poste groups will deploy the Carrefour Livraison Express service in 10 new cities in 2018: Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Lille, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Reims, Rennes and Strasbourg. This one-hour delivery service has been operated, since its creation in 2016, by Stuart, a subsidiary of the La Poste group specialized in urgent urban deliveries.

A new delivery service from Carrefour Drive
On the back of their successful cooperation for Carrefour Livraison Express, the two groups have decided to launch this year a new delivery service from Drive Carrefour (hypermarkets and supermarkets). This service will be tested in 2018 in two pilot cities. Delivery will also be operated by Stuart.
The density of the La Poste network and of Carrefour stores is an opportunity to deploy home delivery services nationwide, with La Poste providing Carrefour with expertise in last-mile management to simplify the lives of customers of the food retail group and offer them a broader range of services.

Carrefour Livraison Express at a glance
Launched in 2016 in Paris and its immediate surroundings (Neuilly, Levallois, Malakoff, Vanves and Bagnolet), Carrefour Express Delivery was extended in 2017 to Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Montpellier. It is an ultra-fast delivery service, which allows home delivery of online purchases within one hour.

Thanks to Carrefour’s “Livraison express” app, the customer draws up his shopping list from a wide range of food SKUs (fresh food, groceries …) and some everyday non-food SKUs (hygiene, beauty, hardware products…). Customers choose their delivery window (30 minutes) and the delivery is invoiced at a fixed price of €4.90, with no minimum purchase amount.
The delivery is operated by Stuart, a subsidiary of the La Poste group specializing in urgent urban deliveries by bicycle or cargo bikes from Carrefour Market and Carrefour City stores.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

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Source: Carrefour Group

Ocado Group plc and Groupe Casino to develop the Ocado Smart Platform in France

Saint-Étienne, France, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — We are pleased to announce the signing of an agreement between Ocado Group plc (“Ocado”) and Groupe Casino, to develop the Ocado Smart Platform (“OSP”) in France.

Ocado is the world’s leading dedicated on-line grocery retailer with a strong technological advantage. The scalable, modular end-to-end solution provided by the OSP is a unique answer to the opportunities and challenges posed by shifting offline/online trends in grocery.

This highly innovative and effective commercial formula will be achieved through access to Ocado’s end-to-end solution, including the construction of its latest generation, state-of-the-art automated warehouse (for which Ocado will invest to install its grid and its robots), Ocado’s best-in-class front-end web site functionality, last-mile routing management and big data, real time implementation.

Groupe Casino’s banners will benefit from this innovative grocery e-commerce platform, firstly, which will provide its customers with the largest assortment of food items at the best levels of services and costs.

The agreement sets out plans for the immediate initiation of the development of a Customer Fulfilment Centre (“CFC”) using Ocado’s proprietary Mechanical Handling Equipment (“MHE”) to serve the Greater Paris area, the Normandie and Hauts de France Regions.The build and launch is expected to take at least two years.

In consideration of the investments made by Ocado, of maintenance and of provision of technology, Groupe Casino will pay Ocado certain upfront fees upon signing,and during the development phase, then ongoing fees linked to its utilisation of capacity within the CFC and service criteria.

In addition to the initial CFC, Groupe Casino and Ocado will consider further development of other CFCs close to other large urban areas.

“Groupe Casino is pleased to announce the agreement with Ocado Group which will allow it to develop an integrated customer and logistics platform, considered the best in the market.

“This agreement is a major leap in terms of quality: 50,000 food items will be offered in the first stage to customers in the Greater Paris area with precise and speedy delivery at home and through a platform which makes it achievable to do this profitably. Groupe Casino is very proud to have sealed this deal with Ocado which will further strengthen the quality of service available to its customers, at the core of its commitments for 120 years.” — Jean-Charles Naouri, CEO of Groupe Casino

“We are delighted that Groupe Casino has decided to partner with Ocado Solutions to grow and develop its online food business. We believe that the scalable, modular end-to-end solutions provided by the Ocado Smart Platform, will allow retailers such as Groupe Casino to build their online grocery offer in a way that is profitable and sustainable, creating value for customers, suppliers and shareholders. We continue to make investments to commercialise our proprietary platform and expect this deal to be one of many successful collaborations with leading retailers to use it the world over.” — Tim Steiner, CEO of Ocado

“Groupe Casino is a successful multi-format, multi-banner and multi-channel business with top-three market positions in all the countries in which it trades. Its decision to adopt the Ocado Smart Platform to build and drive its online food business in France gives it a unique, innovative, and world-leading solution to the challenge of delivering groceries profitably online. We look forward to working closely with Groupe Casino going forward”. — Luke Jensen, CEO Ocado Solutions

Tim Steiner
Chief Executive Officer
01707 228 000

Duncan Tatton-Brown
Chief Financial Officer
01707 228 000

David Shriver
Director of Communications
01707 228 000

Michelle Clarke
Tulchan Communications
020 7353 4200

Régine Gaggioli
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17

+33 (0)1 53 65 24 17

Casino Group
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 65 24 78

Stéphanie Abadie
Press relations manager
Tel.: + 33 (0)6 26 27 37 05

Simon Zaks
Tel: +33 (0)6 60 87 50 29

Karine Allouis
Tel: + 33 (0)6 11 59 23 26

Source: Casino Group

Unibail-Rodamco completes sale of the So Ouest Plaza building in Levallois-Perret, France

Paris, France/ Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Further to the agreement (promesse de vente) entered into in February 2017, Unibail-Rodamco announces the completion of the disposal of the So Ouest Plaza building, located in Levallois-Perret, to an institutional investor represented by BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Services. The Net Disposal Price (NDP)(1) is €473.8 Mn.

Unibail-Rodamco was advised by GINISTY & Associés, and the buyer was advised by Wargny Katz and Clifford Chance.

For further information, please contact:
Investor Relations
Aurélia Baudey-Vignaud
+33 1 76 77 58 02

Media Relations
Caroline Bruel
+33 1 76 77 57 94

About Unibail-Rodamco
Created in 1968, Unibail-Rodamco SE is Europe’s largest listed commercial property company, with a presence in 11 EU countries, and a portfolio of assets valued at €42.5 billion as of June 30, 2017. As an integrated operator, investor and developer, the Group aims to cover the whole of the real estate value creation chain. With the support of its 2,008 professionals, Unibail-Rodamco applies those skills to highly specialised market segments such as large shopping centres in major European cities and large offices and convention & exhibition centres in the Paris region.

The Group distinguishes itself through its focus on the highest architectural, city planning and environmental standards. Its long term approach and sustainable vision focuses on the development or redevelopment of outstanding places to shop, work and relax. Its commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability has been recognised by inclusion in the FTSE4Good and STOXX Global ESG Leaders indexes.

The Group is a member of the CAC 40, AEX 25 and EuroSTOXX 50 indices. It benefits from an A rating from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings.

For more information, please visit our website:

1Net Disposal Price (NDP): Total Acquisition Cost incurred by the acquirer minus all transfer taxes and transaction costs

Lafayette Plug and Play and Carrefour France Unite Their Expertise To Strengthen Open Innovation in Retail

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2017-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Lafayette Plug and Play innovation platform – an accelerator dedicated to retail and fashion created by the partnership between the Galeries Lafayette Group and Plug and Play Tech Center – and Carrefour France – the French largest food retailer – announce the signature of a new partnership with the aim of uniting their expertise and strengthening open innovation in retail.

With this collaboration, Carrefour will accelerate its open innovation approach, already well established within its businesses, thanks to the accelerator’s best French and international startups specialized in retail.

Carrefour will benefit from close relationships with startups and the setting up of pilots addressing various topics of robotics, supply chain and digital in order to support the French retailer’s e-commerce projects.

Lafayette Plug and Play will enable the acceleration of Carrefour’s open innovation initiatives thanks to various assets; for example, by setting up meetings on specific issues such as the analysis and use of data in the store. The Carrefour Innovation Department will also be involved in the entire selection process of Lafayette Plug and Play startups.

Lafayette Plug and Play’s startups will benefit from the sharing of experiences and an expanded network within the Carrefour Group.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

LVMH ranked number one on LinkedIn Top Companies list of most attractive employers in France

LVMH ranked number one on LinkedIn Top Companies list of most attractive employers in France


Paris, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — LVMH is number one on the second annual LinkedIn Top Companies list of most attractive employers in France. This ranking reflects the Group’s dynamic human resources policy.

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network on the Internet, has published its list of the 25 Top Companies in France where people most want to work. The unique methodology for the ranking is based exclusively on LinkedIn’s data, taking into account posts, engagement with posts, interest in job applications, and editorial content.

As in 2016, the LVMH Group is ranked No. 1 in this new edition of the LinkedIn Top Companies list for France, confirming its position as the company that best attracts and retains its talents. Credit for this prestigious recognition is shared by all our 134,000 employees – of whom 27,000 work in France – and our 70 Maisons.


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH


Lyf Pay: A new major mobile payment solution to be rolled out across France on 18 May

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2017-May-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new major mobile payment solution is born. The merger of Fivory and Wa! announced last October promised to create a unique, innovative solution to meet the everyday needs of retailers and their customers. That moment has now come: Lyf Pay application, available for all smartphones as of 18 May, is set to bring greater convenience and simplicity in consumers’ day-to-day life.

Lyf Pay: backed by top-rank partners

As customers become increasingly mobile and connected, it is becoming ever more vital for retailers and banks to provide them with new shopping experiences, reinvent the customer relationship, and make good use of the data which flows from these interactions.

Given these new challenges, Lyf Pay is a unique initiative in Europe, bringing together the leading players in their respective fields – BNP Paribas, Carrefour, Crédit Mutuel*, Auchan, Mastercard, Oney and Total.

An innovative mobile payment app

Lyf Pay offers an innovative, secure, multi-service mobile payment app, designed to take customer relationship to an entirely new level. When it comes to the new digital approaches to retailing, service personalisation and responsible data management are a prerequisite for both retailers and customers. Lyf Pay is all about cutting-edge technology with a human face: a means of creating a very special, close relationship between all those involved – consumers, retailers and their banking partners.

Simplifying the day-to-day lives of all users

Developed in conjunction with retailers and with the customer firmly in mind, Lyf Pay covers an extremely broad set of needs: in-store payments, ranging from small local shops to large retail chains; online shopping; friends and family payments; and even charitable donations. By integrating payment cards, loyalty cards and coupons, and displaying news flashes from users’ favourite shops, alerting them to available special offers, and providing information on their expenditure, this new app goes a long way to creating a highly intimate relationship with the consumers it serves.

The app is non-proprietary and can be installed on any type of smartphone. It is underpinned by the knowhow of Lyf Pay’s banking partners in terms of transaction security, and is also the result of intensive work to ensure a streamlined, user-friendly experience for the customer. In short, Lyf Pay is a highly convenient answer to the widespread need for a dematerialised wallet.

A promising solution already making strides in the market

Having won the approval and the backing of leading retail groups, such as Auchan Retail France and Total, plus a number of independent traders and partners such as events specialists, entertainment and sport but also charity and student organisations, Lyf Pay is already a proven solution.

Scheduled for full rollout across France on 18 May, Lyf Pay will rapidly expand the number of points of sale – and also services – that accept the new app. Lyf Pay will also gradually add new functionality designed to meet the ever-increasing range of ways in which the app will be used.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

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Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

ASW’s Global Health Survey: France and the Philippines the most health-savvy European and Asian markets respectively

  • France and the Philippines are the most health-savvy European and Asian markets respectively
  • The global survey also reveals the correlation between happiness and health
  • One in every five people seek pharmacist’s advice when feeling ill

HongKong, 2017-Apr-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — To coincide with World Health Day, an annual global health awareness day designated by the World Health Organization (WHO), A.S. Watson Group (ASW) announced today ( April 7th, 2017) the results of the Group’s first-ever Global Health Survey conducted by A.S. Watson Group’s WISE customer panel, with responses from more than 10,000 customers in 11 European and Asian markets, providing valuable insights into the expectations and needs customers around the globe have in personal health and wellbeing.

A large-scale research to understand global trend and local needs on health
The research was conducted with 10,580 customers of ASW brands in 11 markets, from November 2016 through January 2017. Respondents aged between 15 and 60 years took the survey voluntarily to share their thoughts on an array of health topics.
Respondents were asked about their perceived level of health and how knowledgeable they thought they were about health. WISE devised a formula to harness the vast data so to generate a holistic understanding of the general level of health of the surveyed markets – which was aptly named the Global Health Index; markets which had more people considering themselves healthy and well-versed in health matters scored better in the Index.

Among the 11 surveyed markets, France topped the list, followed by the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Ukraine, China, Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong came in last. Overall, European markets fared better than Asian ones, while Ukraine, Thailand and the three Greater China markets did worse than the global average.

Smile and health are two sides of the same coin
This year’s World Health Day was devoted to raising awareness of depression. In order to learn more about mental health the Global Health Research asked and found that the older we are, the less we smile. This downward trend is alarming and signified the urgency for us to act and improve mental health around the world. Luckily, the Research shed light on a possible solution, with lots of laughs. The Research revealed the relationship between happiness and perceived health condition. For markets whose people smile more often, they enjoy a higher perception of health and wellbeing as well, e.g. France, China, the Philippines, and Malaysia (please refer to image 2 in the Appendix).

Pharmacists poised to play a bigger role in the community
ASW believes community pharmacists can play bigger roles in the communities around the globe to alleviate the ever-increasing healthcare burden on customers’ and healthcare systems’ shoulders. The Global Health Research found that the majority of people (69%) go to doctors for medical advice, with only 21% would talk to a community pharmacist for medical advice; meanwhile, 35% revealed that they have sought advice from the internet, which could put public health in danger since online advice are not all guaranteed credible.

Honorary Associate Professor William Chui, president of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Hong Kong, expected a more engaged role for community pharmacists, “Professionally trained with healthcare expertise, both hospital pharmacists and community pharmacists can be and have been trusted professionals in the communities and should be regarded as an authoritative source of health and medical advice; pharmacists can also lessen the mounting pressure on a community’s prevailing healthcare sector, public or private, and release valuable healthcare resources to more critical needs.”

Mobilising 46,000,000 people around the world to #GetActive!
In response to the Research results, and also the WHO’s Sustainable Development Goal, A.S. Watson will organise the Global Health Campaign to promote healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages.

Themed under “#GetActive”, the Global Health Campaign encourages a more active lifestyle through engaging our customers. All participating ASW markets will organise activities on health topics to energise over 46,000,000 customers around the world. By organising health-themed events we hope to make our communities healthier, including #GetActive outdoor sports challenges, flashmob exercises, in-store activities and social media education campaigns.

To further answer the call from WHO to fight depression, the ASW Global Smile Campaign in June will relay positive energy to all markets around the world, we hope to make our communities more supportive, and eventually free from depression. Apart from fun and engaging activities, people can also visit, upload their cheerful selfies, get their smiles rated and share the joy with all on the social media.

Ms Malina Ngai, JP, Chief Operating Officer of A.S. Watson Group further explained the reason for taking the health campaign to a global scale, “ASW was founded over 175 years ago to provide quality health products to customers. In view of the facts garnered from Global Health Research, we know that people say they want to be healthier by exercising, but not many of them walk the talk. As the leading international health and beauty retailer in Asia and Europe, we want to challenge the mindset of the people that we can all be active in daily life without putting on sports gear, encourage more of them to live healthier, and create closer bonding with their favourite brands by using our healthcare expertise, online and offline.”


+852 2606 8833
+852 2690 2836

Source: A.S. Watson Group

AmRest Holdings SE to acquire Pizza Hut Delivery business in France from Top Brands NV

AmRest Holdings SE to acquire Pizza Hut Delivery business in France from Top Brands NV


Wroclaw, Poland, 2017-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — AmRest Holdings SE („AmRest”, “the Company”) (WSE: EAT), the largest publicly listed restaurant operator in Central Europe, announces signing on January 24th , 2017 a Share Purchase Agreement with Top Brands NV aimed at the acquisition of Pizza Hut Delivery business in France.

On the basis of the agreement AmRest will purchase 100% shares of Pizza Topco France, being the exclusive master franchisee of Pizza Hut Delivery restaurants in the French market. Estimated purchase price is ca. 14 million (approx. PLN 61 million) and will be confirmed at the transaction closing. Intention of the SPA parties is to finalize the transaction within next couple of months, which is a subject to closing conditions, including conclusion of a master franchise agreement with Pizza Hut brand owner – Yum! Restaurant Holdings.

Currently Pizza Topco operates 123 Pizza Hut Delivery restaurants. 7 locations are the equity business, the rest are franchisee managed restaurants.

France is not a new market for AmRest. The Company entered that country while acquiring La Tagliatella business in 2011. Management Board is enthusiastic about the opportunity to significantly strengthen AmRest presence in that potential market.

“We are very excited about this huge opportunity of creating and building the future of Pizza Hut brand in France. This is another step in strengthening our presence in Western Europe as well as strategic milestone in building nr. 1 delivery business in Europe. We are honored to welcome so many great people in our AmRest family. I am sure that together we will bring a lot of fun to our customers lives.” – said Monika Czyż, Pizza Hut Delivery&Express President at AmRest.

The transaction is a perfect match for AmRest’s plans of accelerated development of the Pizza Hut brand, initiated by signing in August 2016 the master franchise agreement for Central and Eastern Europe. The expansion plans for France assume development of both the Pizza Hut Delivery and Express concepts.

The Management Board is confident that the addition of Pizza Hut Delivery business in France will result in value creation for the Company’s shareholders.

Dorota Surowiec
IR Manager
+48 71 386 1235

Source: AmRest Holdings SE


Intershop ranked as leader in e-commerce solutions in France in the latest benchmarking report by NBS System and ESV Digital

  • Independent analysis conducted by NBS System and ESV Digital confirms Intershop’s top position as e-commerce solutions provider
  • Intershop Commerce Suite comes in first for B2B features, internationalization capabilities, and performance

Jena, Germany, 2016-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ —The latest benchmarking report for e-commerce solutions by NBS System and ESV Digital has ranked Intershop Communications as leader in the area of e-commerce solutions in France. Key findings based on the quantitative assessment of functionality across key business capabilities include:

  • B2B: Intershop Commerce Suite is the best solution in the field of B2B e-commerce activities, offering specific features such as the ability to handle different payment periods and methods, recurring orders and catalog management according to order volumes or client requirements. It is able to handle almost any architecture complexity thanks to its flexibility.
  • Internationalization: Intershop Commerce Suite offers the strongest state-of-the-art internationalization and localization capabilities supporting multi-store business models, seamlessly scaling to business abroad. It allows business a fast and easy setup and rollout of new regions, countries, brands, touchpoints and customer segments – all without IT involvement.
  • IT: Intershop Commerce Suite scores best due to its performance capabilities in back-office and front-office stability in a multi-user set up and front-office speed for page rendering.

Jochen Wiechen, CEO at Intershop comments: “Even though it´s no surprise to see our Commerce Suite scoring best when benchmarked, we are always happy to see it resonating well in the market, be it among analysts, customers, or partners. This study confirms once more the proven strengths of our software and will serve those organizations well that look for a future-proof platform for their digitalization strategy.”

The independent analysis has been conducted with nearly 200 respondents including e-commerce solution users, integrators, and consultants. The results of the study have been published in the whitepaper “Choosing your e-commerce solution”, which aims to help decision makers choose the best e-commerce platform to support their business needs, whether they are a retailer, brand, pure player or B2B player. A free copy is available for download at

About NBS System:

NBS System is a leading managed hosting company founded in 1999 with more than 3,000 hosted websites. It operates from Europe and is specialized in two fields: very high security hosting and e-commerce hosting.

About ESV Digital:

ESV Digital provides a full suite of consulting and agency services including analytics, media, branding and strategic consulting. The company has 9 offices in Paris, London, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Sao Paulo, Oslo, Luxembourg, Madrid and Milan.

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

Media Contact:

Intershop Public Relations
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Source: Intershop Communications AG

Groupe Casino Q2 2016: Group organic growth of +3.8%; market share gains in France

Paris, France, 2016-Jul-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —

In France, sales up +1.2% on an organic basis and +0.2% on a same-store basis

  • Géant Casino: +2.2%(1) growth (same-store and organic) and ongoing gains in market share
  • Leader Price: sales up +1.7% on an organic basis and +1.1% on a same-store basis
  • Supermarchés Casino: organic growth of +3.1% and same-store growth of +1.2%, and market share gains

In Latin America, food sales up +11.8% on an organic basis

  • Exito (excluding Brazil): acceleration in organic and same-store growth, led by good performances in Colombia, Uruguay and Argentina
  • GPA Food: sequential improvement in activity with organic growth of +11.4% and same-store growth of +6.3%
  • Via Varejo: positive sales on an organic basis (+0.3%) and same-store basis (+2.6%) after four consecutive quarters of declining revenues


  • Cdiscount: organic growth of +10.6% and gross merchandise volume up +12.6%
  • Cnova Brazil: sharp decline in activity considering the high basis of comparison in Q2 2015 and the economic slowdown in Brazil

“Full results”


Régine Gaggioli
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 65 64 17
+33 (0)1 53 65 24 17

Tél : +33 (0)1 53 65 24 78

Grégoire Lucas
Tél : +33 (0)1 53 70 74 84
Mob : +33 (0)6 71 60 02 02

Source: Casino group

EOS Group acquires debt collection service provider Contentia in France and Belgium

Hamburg, 2016-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 1 July 2016, the international EOS Group acquired 100% of the shares in debt collection service provider Contentia in France and Belgium. The EOS Group already has a successful debt collection company in each of the two countries.

“With the takeover of Contentia, EOS is reinforcing its position as one of the leading providers of receivables management on the French and Belgian markets,” says Dr Andreas Witzig, Member of the EOS Group’s Board of Directors with responsibility for Western Europe.

The products and customer segments of EOS and Contentia complement one another perfectly. EOS Credirec in France and EOS Aremas in Belgium specialise in the banking and consumer finance segments. Having Contentia as its partner will enable EOS to extend its range of services, for example with a view to expanding collections in the utility, healthcare and telecommunications segments. But it is not just in the local markets that this additional area of business represents an important gain for EOS. “Thanks to our international network, customers worldwide will benefit from the diversification of our services in France and Belgium,” says Dr Witzig.

Contentia is one of the top three debt collection companies on the French and Belgian markets and has an excellent reputation. The sale to the EOS Group opens up real opportunities for growth for Contentia and boosts the company’s competitiveness. “As part of the EOS Group, Contentia will have access to new markets and can increase its market share,” explains Eric Platiau, Chief Executive of Argosyn, the company selling Contentia. The sale follows the company’s decision to withdraw from the debt collecting business, which is neither a core activity nor a strategic growth area for the financial services provider.

EOS is a member of the Otto Group and Otto Group also holds the majority in Argosyn. Until now, however, the two companies have been working independently of one another. With Contentia as part of the EOS Group, the debt collection companies can implement a common strategy in the relevant markets.


Cornelia Claußen
Public Relations Consultant
Tel.: +49 40 2850-1685

Laya Moghaddam
Senior Public Relations Consultant
Tel.: +49 40 2850-1997

Source: EOS

Immochan France inaugurates newly renovated shopping center in Saint-Priest, France

Saint-Priest, France, 2016-Mar-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Immochan France pursues its dynamic of renovation with the inauguration of the historical shopping center in Saint-Priest, France.

A qualitative leap for the customers

Created in 1981, Saint-Priest is ranked 6 out of all the hypermarkets of France and until 2015 only few transitional changes were made. In a spirit of modernity and excellence, Immochan and Auchan have invested over 10.3 million euros to offer the 8 million annual visitors, a universe that combines wellness and fun. These beautification work assigned to 15 regional companies have started on 16 March 2015. Today, all retailers are proud to welcome their guests in a warm and vibrant atmosphere resolutely turned towards the future shopping.

Immochan will continue to upgrade its shopping centers : 22 other shopping centers will be renovated in 2016


Immochan France inaugurates newly renovated shopping center in Saint-Priest, France

Immochan France inaugurates newly renovated shopping center in Saint-Priest, France

Innovation Awards by Decathlon 2015 takes place in Lille’s Zénith arena, France on October 8

Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France, 2015-10-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Every year since 2005, the Innovation Awards by Decathlon have been showcasing the Passion Brands’ most innovative products. Rendezvous October 8th to enjoy this fantastic event and vote for your favourite innovation.

Spotlight innovation

With innovation at the heart of Decathlon’s strategies, the Innovation Awards have become a must-see event for all company employees, customers, industrial partners, and of course for all sports enthusiasts. They showcase the most innovative products developed by the Passion Brands, which are pitched on stage directly by the product managers, engineers and teams who dreamt them up and designed them.
Ten competing innovations

Quechua’s 2 Seconds tent, Tribord’s Easybreath snorkelling mask andOxelo’s B1 scooter are all past winners. But which of the ten competing innovations will take the plaudits this year?

Follow the event online

Taking place in France, in Lille’s Zénith arena, the ceremony is also broadcast live online to enable everyone, all around the world, to enjoy the event, and more importantly, to vote for the Decathlon innovation of the year.

To get involved in the atmosphere of the big event alongside Decathlon teams and vote for your favourite innovation, rendezvous October 8that 8.45pm (Paris time) on the Innovation Awards by Decathlon website or on social networks using #IAD2015.

All the videos of the event will be available for replay from October 9th.

SOURCE: Décathlon