Press - 2014

6 November 2014

Appointment: Rob CISSELL, Chief Executive Officer Big C Thaïland

The Board of Directors of Big C Supercenter, the subsidiary of Groupe Casino in Thailand has appointed on November 5th, 2014, Rob CISSELL as Chief Executive Officer.

Rob Cissell (53) joined Big C in April 2014 and held until now the position of Chief Operating Officer. He previously held management positions in international retail groups, including as the Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Retail in India since 2011 and, before that, as the Chief Operating Officer of  WalMart in China in 2008.

After over 30 years spent within the Group, of which 13 years leading Big C in Thailand, Yves Braibant has expressed his intention to leave the Group due to personal reasons, he will continue to support it under the framework of a consultancy mission.

Groupe Casino wishes to express its most sincere gratitude for his commitment during the many years he spent within the Group where he carried out the main part of his career, particularly overseas. Since 2001 under his leadership, Big C has become one of the leaders in food retail and e-commerce in Thailand with a network of 625 multi-banner and multi-format stores.

4 November 2014

Cdiscount expands into decoration moncornerdeco.com an online store fully dedicated to reinventing the home

Cdiscount is expanding its operations with moncornerdeco.com, a speciality website that is the perfect blend between online store and interior design webzine. Thoroughly in step with the latest trends, moncornerdeco.com offers unique products at preferential prices and magazine articles overflowing with inspirational ideas and tips. Over 10,000 items are available for purchase at moncornerdeco.com, from decoration accessories to large household appliances to furniture.

The site covers every home decoration need, whether to rearrange the living room around a family-size corner sofa, feature high-quality linens in the bedroom, update the kitchen with the best electrical appliances or bring a touch of nature into the bathroom. It also sells decoration and lighting accessories, as well as gardening.

Backed by their industry-specific expertise and a level of experience that is unique to Cdiscount, the buyers know how to identify bargains, forge productive partnerships with manufacturers and offer some of the best deals on the market.

People who are passionate about interior design will find a wealth of ideas in Le Mag, which has hundreds of articles offering inspiration, expert advice, the latest home decoration news, practical guides, in-depth features and trend reports prepared by the site’s specialised editors. Le Mag is an end-to-end information resource allowing customers to explore all sorts of topics and get answers to all of their questions. It gives them ideas on how to make their projects take shape, for example by adjusting lighting to create a sense of space, and advice on how to budget projects such as a wood extension on their home.

At the end of this year, Cdiscount will be launching two new speciality websites based on the same model: moncornerbaby.com and moncornerbrico.com. Five other such sites will be launched in 2015.

Synergies are being created with Cdiscount through customer relationship management processes. moncornerdeco.com offers its customers convenient payment and delivery options. Starting with purchases as low as €30, customers can pay in four instalments by credit card. Leveraging Cdiscount’s logistics platform, the site can deliver products weighing less than 30 kg to the customer’s home or to one of the 17,500 pick-up locations in the network. Packages exceeding 30 kg can be collected by customers at one of 5,550 pick-up locations.

3 November 2014

Casino Group publishes manager’s guide to preventing appearance discrimination

The first retailer to obtain France’s Workplace Equality Label in 2013 and a holder of the Diversity Label since 2009, the Casino Group is actively committed to preventing all forms of discrimination. The Group has implemented a diversity policy that aims to encourage the hiring of employees from a wide variety of backgrounds and promote equal opportunity and gender equality.

According to the 2014 equal opportunity survey (Baromètre de l’Égalité des Chances 2014) published in France on 8 October by TNS Sofres-Medef, “Over 20% of respondents say they believe that appearance is the second leading factor in discrimination.” To encourage best practices and combat stereotypes based on physical appearance, the Casino Group has published a guide for managers to raise their awareness of these issues and help them to handle daily management situations in a non-discriminatory manner.

Illustrated by French artist Antoine Chéreau, the guide explains the difference between the concepts of “stereotype” and “prejudice” and defines and denounces stereotypes based on height, weight, visible disabilities and other physical characteristics. It explains the behaviours that the Group expects of its managers, raising the key point that all employees, whether male or female, should be considered solely based on their abilities, regardless of their differences and life experiences. The Casino Group has distributed the guide to all managers and set up awareness-raising training sessions for their benefit.

“Committed for the past two decades to an assertive policy of promoting diversity and combatting all forms of discrimination,” said the Casino Group’s Human Resources Director Yves Desjacques, “we are pursuing our anti-discrimination initiatives with determination in order to ensure that everyone can be rewarded on the basis of merit alone.”

“The guide expresses our determination to deconstruct appearance-based stereotypes and prejudices in order to eliminate discriminatory practices both in hiring and in the career development process,” said Mansour Zoberi, Director of Diversity and Solidarity at the Casino Group. “It explains the behaviours that the Group expects of its managers, with the aim of helping them to handle daily management situations.”

31 October 2014

Cnova N.V. launches initial public offering

October 31, 2014 — Cnova N.V. (“Cnova”), one of the largest global eCommerce companies, announced today the launch of its initial public offering of 26,800,000 ordinary shares. The initial public offering price is expected to be between $12.50 and $14.00 per share, which would result in a total offering size between $335,000,000 and $375,200,000. All of the shares are being offered by Cnova. In addition, Cnova has granted the underwriters an option to purchase up to 4,020,000 additional ordinary shares to cover over-allotments, if any.

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30 October 2014

Cdiscount: New “Pickup Station” automatic delivery service launched exclusively in SNCF train stations

Pickup station

Cdiscount, France’s leading e-Commerce, in cooperation with Pickup and Chronopost, is launching the new automatic “Pickup Station” service in SNCF train stations, a solution guaranteeing product availability within 24 hours of purchase. For the launch, 100 automatic pickup stations will be set up in SNCF train stations located in the Paris region, and more than one thousand will eventually be installed across the country.

With this new delivery method, Cdiscount is providing its customers with a new, quick (under 24-hour) delivery solution that is easy to access and use. Ten seconds is all it takes to collect a purchase. This service enhances Cdiscount’s existing network of 17,500 pick-up locations in France.

28 October 2014

Cdiscount expands into health and beauty comptoirsante.com is broadening its offering with the launch of its online marketplace

The comptoirsante.com website is a benchmark e-tailer in the health and beauty segment with an offering of over 500 brands and more than 11,000 products. Chosen by the most prestigious players in the industry to sell their wares online, the website features products from Pierre Fabre (Avène, René Furterer, Klorane), l’Oréal Cosmétique active (Vichy, La Roche Posay, Roger Gallet), Nuxe and Caudalie.

Comptoirsante.com is recognised for providing excellent value for money, and negotiates with suppliers to provide exclusive offers in every category to meet all of its customers’ needs. Nearly 400 promotions are active at any one time on the site, which also features more than 100 preselected holiday gift packages.

With the launch of its online marketplace, comptoiresante.com is extending its product offering into a variety of speciality categories, ranging from aromatherapy and alternative medicine to infant care and medical supplies. The site is aiming to make 40,000 products available to shoppers by the end of the year, thus positioning itself as a leading player in the online health and beauty products market.

23 October 2014

Cnova launches Cdiscount in Brazil: cdiscount.com.br

Following the launch of new Cdiscount websites in Thailand, Vietnam, Colombia, Ecuador, Ivory Coast, Belgium and Senegal, Cnova N.V., one of the largest global e-Commerce companies and part of Groupe Casino, continues its internationalization with the opening of cdiscount.com.br in Brazil.

France’s leading e-Commerce company, Cdiscount has won over French customers with its innovative, wide-ranging product assortment and the lowest prices in the market and is excited to bring its value proposition to Brazilian consumers.

Cdiscount.com.br offers customers unique opportunities to purchase quality items at significant savings and with the convenience of payment in up to 10 installments at no charge and delivery throughout the country.  The site already boasts an assortment of more than 50 thousand items, including through hundreds of partner stores on its Marketplace across categories such as electronics, computers, appliances and telephony, among others.

Cdiscount.com.br, which is being operated by the existing teams of Cnova Brasil, complements the online shopping experience offered today by Cnova Brasil through extra.com.br, pontofrio.com and casasbahia.com.br.and leverages Cnova Brasil’s well-established know-how and operating infrastructure in the Brazilian e-Commerce market.

The launch of Cdiscount in Brazil also highlights the synergies being created between the French and Brazilian e-Commerce operations of Cnova.

20 October 2014

Cdiscount introduces express pick-up for 30 kg-plus packages, available within 24-48 hours of purchase

France’s leading e-tailer has made a new express pick-up option available to its customers for purchases weighing over 30 kg available within 24-48 hours of purchase.

Cdiscount ships a total of 11 million small packages every year, distributing two-thirds of them through its network of 17,500 pick-up locations. For purchases exceeding 30 kg, such as sofas and other furniture, large electrical appliances, screens and stereo equipment, the website has developed a network of 550 pick-up locations in France, including 400 Casino Group stores and 150 supply chain units. This dense coverage ensures that customers can find a pick-up location within an average of 10 km of their home to collect products within 4-6 days of purchase. This explains why 60% of Cdiscount customers prefer the pick-up option for 30 kg-plus
packages.

To further enhance its large-package delivery service and meet customer expectations, Cdiscount is opening the first express pick-up location in Auxerre (Burgundy), which will guarantee product availability within two days of purchase. To cover France’s largest cities, Cdiscount will also be opening 100 express pick-up locations for 30kg-plus packages. These collection points will serve roughly 80% of customers, most of whom are individuals with an urgent need to replace an electrical appliance or large item of household equipment.

The products will be delivered daily from two warehouses, one in Andrézieux in the Loire Valley, and the other at the new site in Saint-Mard, a northeast suburb of Paris. The new 50,000-sq.m site, operated by Casino Group
service provider ID Logistics, will give Cdiscount the additional means it requires to reduce time to delivery.

The supply chain will be organised around two geographical centres from now on, with Saint-Mard serving the north of France and Andrézieux the south. The north/south logistical system for delivering packages over 30 kg, with both warehouses carrying the same items in inventory, will ensure one-day delivery of 30 kg-plus purchases to express pick-up locations in the Paris and Lyon regions.

14 October 2014

Third quarter 2014 sales

Total Group sales of €12 billion, up by +1.6% overall and by +2.8% on an organic basis.

  • In France,
    • At Géant, FMCG volumes continued to grow (+1.4%) on an already increasing basis in 2013. Over two years, FMCG volumes’ growth is now positive at +2.3%. In the last four weeks, food volumes were up by +3.6%
    • Positive trends in September and early October across all banners after a weak activity during summer
  • Internationally, organic sales growth of +6.1%, driven by good food sales in Brazil which grew by +6.7% on an organic basis, and good dynamic of expansion in all geographies.

Cnova (E-commerce) GMV of €1,098.8 million, featuring very strong growth of +30.6%.

 

8 October 2014

Intermarché and Casino group cooperate in France to purchase national brands

Intermarché, a chain of independent business managers, and Casino group have decided to cooperate in purchasing starting with negotiations for 2015.

This peer-to-peer partnership applies to France only. It aims to optimize the two partners’ purchases and, at national level, to improve services offered to suppliers, on leading brand goods produced by multinational groups, in both food and non-food.

The partnership will not apply to private label products, nor to traditional fresh farming or fishing produce, or to national brand products supplied by SMEs or mid-sized companies.

Intermarché and Casino group will continue to manage and develop their marketing strategies and outlets separately, thereby keeping their respective stores totally separate.

Thanks to this partnership, Intermarché and Casino group customers will continue to benefit from the competitive animation between the two groups’ stores. This partnership will help to sustain the diversity of retail groups operating in the French market.