Michel-Edouard Leclerc, CEO of the brand of the same name, said Wednesday on RMC an investment of 1 billion euros in three years in new technologies and the creation of 10,000 net jobs. “Today when you become a big hypermarket, we need to learn to become a great internet culturally it is a revolution for provincial we are. We have to a large internet portal, we will invest one billion, half in logistics , “said he said.
” To open a medium sized supermarket, you have 5 million 10 million, sometimes 20 million, 30 million euros. Here to open a web portal to reach out to 65 million consumers, we have to invest 20 to 30 million per year, plus 500 to 600 million for two or three years in logistics, plus relay points, drives “, detailed the CEO.
Today, sales of the brand on the internet for only 2 billion euros on a total of 44 billion euros in revenue, he said. “In five years, will be our competitor Amazon, it will no longer Hyper U to be passed to Auchan, I bet” has he added, a bit provocative.
The two brands are currently considering a reconciliation. He also assured that the creation of 10,000 jobs related to this investment plan would not lead to job losses in hypermarkets of the group. “Everything will be on the internet but we will do everything so that people come for advice and expertise in hypermarkets, which remain the flagship, with business that will be upgraded,” Does -he promised.
Regarding the risk of impeding competition relating to the integration of central purchasing in supermarkets, Michel-Edouard Leclerc said that if there were to be stores , “it would be a penalty for the company.” These sales will according to him “go through the court system.”
About Guillaume Garot report on food waste to ban large stores of throwing food, the boss stressed that the Leclerc centers already gave “about 6,000 tons of food per year to associations, representing 60 million meals for heart Eating .”
It advocates also a plan to help associations to equip themselves with refrigerators and trucks to sell the goods that they will be given by supermarkets