Real and METRO Cash & Carry Germany sign service agreement with MARKANT Handels- und Industriewaren Vermittlungs AG

  • MARKANT takes over settlement of Real and METRO Cash & Carry Germany
  • Real, METRO Cash & Carry Germany and suppliers benefit by synergies and simplifications

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2015-4-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Real and METRO Cash & Carry Germany signed a service agreement with MARKANT Handels- und Industriewaren Vermittlungs AG. MARKANT will in future be responsible for the complete settlement of the German merchandise business of both entities. The migration will be effected in several steps.

MARKANT AG is a service company with activities across Europe that, besides taking the role of a intermediary between trade and industry, offers a vast portfolio of services along the complete value creation chain and in the backup field. Effective now, the entire German merchandise business of Real and METRO Cash & Carry Germany will be handled through this company. With this move, METRO GROUP is strengthening the competitiveness of its sales lines on the domestic market. The migration will be effected in several steps and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. This means that, in future, the participating suppliers will send their invoices directly to MARKANT. MARKANT will then settle them with due consideration of the agreed conditions and draw the funds directly from Real and METRO Cash & Carry Germany. Thanks to the high degree of harmonisation with MARKANT, this will also result in synergies and benefits on the suppliers’ side because they will in future benefit from standardised settlement processes. The existing collaboration between METRO GROUP and Groupe Auchan is not part of this cooperation.

“This cooperation will contribute to enhancing the competitiveness of Real”, says Patrick Müller-Sarmiento, Managing Director Purchasing at Real. “Real is focussing on its domestic market in Germany and adjusting its business processes accordingly. With its great experience in German food retailing, MARKANT is the ideal cooperation partner for us”. Real is successfully cooperating with MARKANT already today. This cooperation includes the bundling of non-food, the procurement of Spanish fruits and vegetables via Iberiana and the entry-level drugstore brand Laligne, for example.

Alain Cappannelli, Managing Director Purchasing at METRO Cash & Carry Germany, adds: “We are looking forward to a good cooperation with MARKANT and to thereby leverage additional potential for METRO Cash & Carry Germany. As a trading and services company with activities throughout Germany, MARKANT is highly specialised in the settlement and bundling of purchasing volumes. This way, we can collaborate even more efficiently with our suppliers in the future.”

“Both, Real and METRO Cash & Carry Germany, are an excellent match for us because, with a view to the orientation of their processes, both companies will find a lot of potential for a successful cooperation with MARKANT. The fact that we have been able to convince such partners of our services, and win them, attests not only to the quality of our services, but also to our philosophy according to which, as a rule, we do not meddle in the operational and trading competencies of our partners. Specifically, this means that we respect the different corporate cultures and distribution concepts”, says Franz-Friedrich-Müller, Managing Director of MARKANT AG.

METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. In the financial year 2013/14 it generated sales of around €63 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 30 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale – Media Markt and Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

MARKANT AG, headquartered in Swiss Pfäfflikon, is the largest trading and service cooperation in Europe’s food industry and has more than six decades of market experience. Its main trading partners are independent companies.

Gross external sales of the over 100 affiliated trade partners is € 83 billion, of which nearly € 38.5 billion are being settled by MARKANT. The business of MARKANT range from goods brokerage business with around 11,000 industrial partners through information management of the European Central regulation to numerous product data-related services and extensive financial services.

Hypermarket chain Real announces management board changes

  • General Manager Jörg Kramer to become Head of HR
    Frank Kretzschmar joins management board as Chief Operations Officer
  • Labour Director Andreas Schrödinger assumes new task within the METRO GROUP
  • Contracts of CEO Didier Fleury and CMO Patrick Müller-Sarmiento extended by three years

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2014-10-3— /EPR Retail News/ — Hypermarket chain Real reorganises responsibilities within its management board. As the Mönchengladbach-based company announced subsequently to a meeting of the supervisory board, the management board positions for HR and operations will be reassigned. At the same time, the employment contracts of Didier Fleury, Chairman of the Management Board, and Patrick Müller-Sarmiento, Chief Merchandise Officer, were extended for another three years until August 2018, respectively September 2018.

Former General Manager Jörg Kramer will lead the HR department of Real as new Labour Director as of 1st of January 2015, taking over the position from Andreas Schrödinger, who at his own request, will leave the Real management board in order to accept new responsibilities within the METRO GROUP. In addition, Frank Kretzschmar, former Chairman of the Management Board of Media Markt and Saturn Austria, will manage the sales activities as new Chief Operations Officer (COO) and will be at the same time responsible for the region north from the beginning of next year. Together with CFO Henning Gieseke, Real’s Management Board comprises five members as before.

“The realignment of Real initiated by Didier Fleury and his team is returning first successful results,” says Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Real and Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG. “The early extension of the employment contracts ensures the required continuity during our transformation process. The reassignment of management responsibilities paves the way for the company’s future success. We would like to thank Andreas Schrödinger for many years of excellent work and also wish Jörg Kramer and Frank Kretzschmar all the best and success for their new tasks.”

As General Manager in the Real management board, Jörg Kramer currently is responsible for the sales region north, and furthermore coordinates all sales activities regarding national topics. He previously coordinated the non-food sector within the Real management board from 2004 to March 2013. Frank Kretzschmar joined the management board of Media Markt and Saturn Austria in 2005 and became Chairman of the Management Board in 2008. He also served as COO of Media-Saturn-Holding in Ingolstadt from 2011 to 2013. Andreas Schrödinger has been Labour Director and a member of the Real management board since 2003. He previously held various executive positions outside of the METRO GROUP, e.g. as HR Manager of the ABB AG.

METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. During the financial year 2012/13 (pro forma), it generated sales of about €66 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 31 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale – Media Markt and Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

real,- SB-Warenhaus GmbH is a METRO GROUP company. real,- offers a comprehensive range of food and non-food products, high quality fresh items and attractive prices. All this makes Real one of the leading hypermarket companies in Germany. Under the umbrella of real,- Group, the company operates about 300 hypermarkets throughout Germany, as well as a 2 Drive-In-Food-Stores in Germany and the real,- Online-Shop. The company, employing about 40,000 employees, generated a sales volume of around €7.3 billion in the 2012/13 fiscal year (pro forma). Further information on www.real.info and www.metrogroup.de

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