Press

1 March 2018

Casino Group acquires all outstanding shares of RelevanC and reaffirms its consumer datamining ambitions

19 February 2018

Casino Group: Monoprix announces entering into exclusive negotiations to acquire Sarenza

24 January 2018

Successful tap of the 2022 bond

17 January 2018

Sales as of 2017

2 January 2018

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer’s compensation

4 December 2017

Casino and Dia Groups extend their cooperation on private labels by creating a hub of expertise on logistics and private label innovation

28 November 2017

Cdiscount reports record-breaking sales for Black Friday 2017, with business volumes up 80%

Black Friday has become a major event in the e-commerce industry, and Cdiscount ranks as France’s leading Black Friday e-tailer after reporting €43 million in business volumes, or five times the amount recorded on a typical day. A total of 8 million people – i.e., one in three households – visited the Cdiscount website last Friday.

This year’s sales event confirmed that Black Friday is the kick-off point for the Christmas shopping season, with toys and games comprising the bulk of items sold. Nearly 10,000 PS4 consoles and 200,000 toys/video games were purchased during the day, including hoverboards, which this year once again proved to be a stand-out item: 1,500 were sold within a few minutes after the stroke of midnight.

Customers’ enthusiasm for Black Friday was particularly visible on social media, demonstrating that French consumers have really embraced the major shopping bonanza. Cdiscount was by a very wide margin the top retailer on social media, counting some 223,000 interactions with its customers* on Friday, 24 November alone.

“These results prove that Cdiscount continuously rises to its customers’ expectations by making the best products and services available to them at the most competitive prices. Black Friday 2017 also confirms that French consumers trust Cdiscount to meet their shopping needs on major occasions, particularly at Christmas. All of our teams are working hard to ensure that our customers have a successful holiday season.” — Emmanuel Grenier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cdiscount

28 November 2017

Announcement of international partnership between Ocado Solutions and Groupe Casino

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 Monoprix.fr, 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

10 November 2017

2017 interim dividend

At its meeting today, the Board of Directors of Casino Group declared a 2017 interim dividend of €1.56 per share.

The ex-dividend date for the 2017 interim dividend is set for Thursday 7 December 2017 and will be paid on Monday 11 December 2017.

The balance of the 2017 dividend will be submitted for approval at the Annual General Meeting that will take place on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

9 November 2017

Cdiscount chooses Rosapark for its brand strategy and unveils a new signature

Cdiscount has chosen Rosapark to support its brand strategy. The objective of the partnership is to roll out a new signature and a new creative concept that will enable Cdiscount to make an emotional connection with its customers.

Having abandoned the “Butcher’s Shop” (“La Grande Boucherie”) signature last year, Cdiscount has stated its intention to build a long-term communications strategy, which will be key to ramping up its growth and consolidating its position as France’s leading multi-specialist.

The new communications strategy is driven by a new brand signature, “Don’t scrimp on pleasure”, which emphasises the element of pleasure involved in making a purchase on the Cdiscount website, putting an end to the eternal internal conflict that people have between reason and emotion.

The French e-commerce leader wants to play a bigger role in the daily lives of people across France, by increasing its closeness to customers and becoming bolder.

The new creative strategy will be rolled out over the next two months. The first 360° communications campaign – which will unveil the face of the brand through billboards, press, radio, online, social media, etc. – will be launched to coincide with Black Friday.

“Cdiscount is often perceived as a discount retailer that mainly sells hi-tech products and home appliances,” said Jean-Patrick Chiquiar, co-founder of Rosapark. “We want to change this perception and make Cdiscount the emotional leader in its category. Cdiscount is a multi-specialist and its site is packed with fabulous products in high-tech, home decoration and furnishings, childcare, sport and even wine. We have to spread the message.”

“We are delighted to be working with Rosapark. The Cdiscount brand is well-known, but we want to be closer to our customers. We are counting on Rosapark to support our foray into this creative, more emotional communications landscape which suits our Company perfectly.” — Emmanuel Grenier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cdiscount

“Cdiscount, a key player in e-commerce, keeps investing in new markets to offer new services adapted to the needs of the French public. After launching its mobile offer at the end of 2016 and its energy offer last month, it seemed only natural for Cdiscount to keep innovating in advertising by exploring new territories of expression. The goal is reached with this new campaign by Rosapark, who managed to create a custom-made, audacious and funny campaign for Cdiscount” — Jean-Charles Naouri, Président-directeur général du groupe Casino