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SPAR is re-entering the Greek grocery market as it looks to create and operate ‘the largest chain of independent food retailers in the country’. SPAR previously left the Greek market in 2015, having had a long standing partnership with Veropoulos.

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SPAR has unveiled a new online platform, which it describes as ‘faster, mobile user-friendly and useful to all (mobile) devices’. It also provides recipe inspiration and additional product information, with same day delivery is available if orders are placed before 10:00.

Convenience at the heart

The website functionality allows shoppers to repeat orders, based on their shopping history. One account can also be used for multiple delivery addresses, aimed to deliver ‘ease of ordering for healthcare institutions, businesses and volunteers’.

Dutch retailers compete for B2B customers

Competitors in the market are also tailoring their offer to better meet the needs of business customers. Albert Heijn has introduced a new range, helping it cater to‘corporate clients from SMEs to nurseries and car homes’. Elsewhere, Jumbo has partnered with Intrakoop, the largest purchasing cooperative in care. This will see Jumbo deliver weekly shopping to the 600-strong healthcare provider.

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DHL Supply Chain is to provide logistics and warehousing solutions to Spar Thailand.

300 new stores

Spar International has announced plans to open up to 300 new convenience stores in Thailand by the end of 2020. To support the expansion, Spar has chosen DHL to provide end-to-end transport, distribution and warehousing services across Thailand, along with BCR for the retailer’s front-end store infrastructure.

Optimising productivity

Spar will use two Bangkok DHL facilities for warehousing and distribution: Bang Na for ambient goods, and Klong Prapa for frozen. Both warehouses will use the WMOS warehouse management platform in order to optimise inventory accuracy and productivity.

Benefiting from proven experience

“To support Spar Thailand in delivering Spar’s global reputation for freshness, choice, quality, and service, we knew we needed a logistics partner with proven experience in maintaining world-class food retail supply chains,” said Tom Rose, Head of Operations at Spar International. “DHL’s track record in sustaining fast-growing food retailers, both in Thailand and other markets worldwide, gave us the confidence to use their infrastructure as the foundation of our local supply chain.”

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Spar Austria has opened a new facility, dubbed ‘Europe’s most modern logistics centre’.

€85m project

Spar Austria’s existing logistics centre in St Polten, to the west of Vienna, was unable to meet the growing demands of the capital’s Spar stores, so the retailer embarked on a two year journey to build a replacement. The new facility, which cost €85m, is in Ebergassing, south-east of Vienna and has been named by the retailer as ‘Europe’s most modern logistics centre’.

Developing new technology

Working with logistics provider, Knapp, Spar developed a new method of picking, which improved peak management and gave employees a more ergonomic working environment. The two companies cited their specially developed workspaces and using ‘swarm intelligence’ when developing freely navigating shuttles as innovations they were particularly proud of.

Investing in innovation

Friedrich Poppmeier, member of Spar Austria’s Board and in charge of logistics commented: “To achieve local supply at the highest level, perfect processes have to be applied. SPAR is a leader in innovation and has always invested in new technologies in the area of logistics. Innovation supporting the security of supply and the support of our SPAR retailers in their day-to-day work is an ongoing investment within SPAR Austria. The SPAR logistics centre Ebergassing has become a model operation!”

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