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Alibaba Group announced financial results for the quarter ended 31st March 2019.
The group reported strong performance for the quarter. Daniel Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba Group commented that “Alibaba is becoming synonymous with everyday consumption in China, growing our base to 654 million annual active consumers and extending our penetration in less-developed cities. Our cloud and data technology and tremendous traction in New Retail have enabled us to continuously transform the way businesses operate in China and other emerging markets, which will contribute to our long-term growth.”
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Highlights of the group’s business and strategic updates are summarised below.
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Following on from the announcement of its results, Sun Art has said its chief executive, Ludovic Holinier had resigned from his role. The retailer said Holinier will be replaced by Ming-Tuan Huang.
At the moment, Huang is chairman of RT-Mart and is responsible for the overall strategic planning and management of the Group. He has also been CEO of RT-Mart Limited Shanghai where he is responsible for devising and implementing its overall strategies and the supervision of its business operations.
According to the press release announcing the change in management “The appointment of Mr Huang as the new general manager clearly shows the group's determination and confidence to revitalise its hypermarket and popularise New Retail.”
One of Huang’s first responsibilities will be in implementing the creation of a single joint headquarters for RT-Mart and Auchan, which was announced in December 2018. The step will also see RT-Mart assist Auchan in upgrading its IT system and the supply chain as the two banners are integrated. However, the two companies are not being merged, with the step focused on ‘ improving the use of technology and management… with the purpose of enhancing efficiency of the Group.
China’s major hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group Ltd, set up by Auchan and Ruentex and backed up by Alibaba, reported a 7.3% fall in 2018 profit.
The retailer reported its net profit fell to RMB2.59bn (US$386m) from RMB2.79bn (US$386m). This was below the expected RMB2.70bn. Turnover fell by 2.9% to RMB99.36bn and same-store sales fell 1.72% year-on-year. The group’s gross profit margin increased by 1.2 percentage point from last year to 25.3%.
The company, operating under the “RT-Mart” and “Auchan” banners, says that the competition is fierce including online. "2018 was a year where the digitalization of our retail business began, and also a year to plan future development," the company said in a statement. "Through digital management, supply will be closely tied with demand to provide customers with the right product offering, good prices..."
Just one day after publishing its 2018 results, Sun Art announced plan to open 25 more stores in China this year, aiming to return to positive growth in 2019.
We look at how Auchan is expanding its channel presence in Vietnam.
Auchan and Alibaba have extended their partnership to Vietnam and announced plans to develop the “phygital food business” in the country. The retailer stated, "The partnership between these two companies aims to offer Vietnamese consumers a customer experience that combines the best of physical food trade and the best of digital".
Auchan products will be available to purchase on Alibaba’s online shopping platform, LazMall. The platform will offer a range of private labels and branded products, available from store delivery. Shoppers can choose from same-day, next-day or low-cost delivery options.
The partnership between Auchan and Alibaba in China has yet to lead to a strong recovery in sales growth, but has seen the retailers launch several initiatives. The agreement has accelerated the integration of offline and online channels, enabling shoppers to move between them more easily.
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