The Tesco-Carrefour handshake to cut cost

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When 2 giants join purchasing power amidst fierce competition in the Modern Trade market of Britain.



           Two months from now, Tesco, Britain’s number one Modern Trade brand, and Carrefour, Europe’s number one retailer, will heighten already fierce competition in the Modern Trade industry by partnering up to exert bargaining power over relative trading parties when negotiating wholesale inventory for more than 19,000 stores by the end of the year.

            Experts view the 3-year contract between the two giants as an effect of the expansion of Aldi and Lidli, a German retailer that focuses on a small range of cut-rate volume from-to its own production and sales line that undercuts the competition which resulted in Tesco and Carrefour’s lost of market share. Amazon’s supermarket entry in the UK last year through Wholefood with online grocery deliveries also became an influential factor behind the master plan.

            The covenant will allow both companies to buy cheaper products manufactured and sold in their own brand to negotiate with major multinational corporations like Nestlé Unilever. On the other hand, product quality and variety should significantly improve, namely, for UK goods in Carrefour and French food products in Tesco. Both companies also plan to combine sourcing strengths from the field to provide customers with better bargains. Experts expect the partnership will reduce costs around 400 million pounds per annum.

              Moreover, it will also help reduce costs in the areas of transport fuel procurement, legal and accounting undertakings. This is especially true, however, for transportation and supply chain management; the main expenditure of the business. Experts predict that the handshake will facilitate transportation management in fighting competition, particularly for E-commerce customers in the Last-Mile, as well as fleet sharing and supply chain management.

              The supermarket sector in England needs to adjust after leaving the EU (Brexit), which may result in suppliers effectively raising the cost of goods sold. Stronger players such as Aldi and Lidli and Amazon, as well as the likely merge of two other major players in the market, Sainsbury and Asda, have made the Tesco and Carrefour’s alliance look increasingly handsome.

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