We round up the latest developments from Hungary, including Auchan’s plans to launch online and forecourt operator MOL’s acquisition of Agip.
Auchan launching online in 2016
In a recent press release, Auchan has revealed it is to launch e-commerce in 2016, according to CEO Dominique Ducoux. Alongside this, the retailer will be launching a new slogan, ‘Large selection of adventure. Auchan’.
Auchan will join competitors Tesco and CBA in offering an online service in Hungary. Tesco currently offers an online service in and around Budapest, Szeged and Székesfehérvár, while CBA offers e-commerce in Budapest.
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As one retailer in Central & Eastern Europe commits to launching online, another is scaling back its online operations in the region.
Tesco Poland has reportedly decided to reduce the number of cities where it offers an e-commerce service to 17 metropolitan areas through 24 hypermarkets, resulting in the planned suspension of e-commerce in Wałbrzychu and Jeleniej Górze, south-western Poland. The retailer will transfer delivery vans servicing these locations to the larger cities of Warsaw and Wroclaw.
MOL acquires Agip petrol stations in Hungary
Forecourt operator MOL Group, which operates 47 Hungarian petrol stations, is to acquire 173 Hungarian Agip petrol stations. MOL is also a leading forecourt operator in Croatia and Slovakia.
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