Auchan continues to evolve operations

Date : 19 June 2019

As Auchan France appoints a new chief executive, Auchan’s operations elsewhere in Europe roll out blockchain technology and look to add new services to support footfall.

Auchan France appoints new chief executive

Auchan France has appointed Jean-Denis Deweine as its new chief executive. He takes over from Ali Khosrovi, who has left the company. Announcing the appointment, Auchan Retail’s chairman, Edgard Bonte, said the step had been taken to enable the acceleration of ‘ the implementation of the Renaissance plan’ and to help it prepare for ‘medium-term developments to its business activities in France’.

Auchan Retail said the appointment was necessary as it was facing ‘far-reaching and profound changes to the retail sector and to its competitive environment, as well as by difficult economic circumstances’ in France. The appointment of Deweine, who has 33 years’ experience at Auchan Retail in food and non-food products and procurement, both in France and internationally, is also aimed at helping to improve the performance of the retailer in the country.

Auchan extends use of blockchain

Continuing European retailers’ use of blockchain technology, Auchan has announced that it will introduce its use into Italy. The project will begin with its roll out of traceability technology in France, Spain, Portugal and Senegal. The extension of its use will see Auchan track carrots, as part of a collaboration with Big Group and TE-FOOD, Auchan Retail’s technological partners.

Auchan Poland to add InPost parcel lockers

As it looks to create new reasons for shoppers to visit its stores, Ceetrus Polska, which is part of the wider Auchan Group, has signed an agreement with InPost, which will see parcel lockers added at 17 Auchan Shopping Centres in Poland by the end of 2019. The new locations will mean that InPost Parcel Lockers will be available in 20 Ceetrus shopping centres.