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METRO China Upgrades Logistics Management through Strategic Partnerships with Shuanghui and DCH

2014-12-01 10:00 3387

SHANGHAI, Dec. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- METRO Cash & Carry has united two industry giants, leading cold-chain logistics providers Luohe Shuanghui Logistics Investment Co., Ltd. (Shuanghui Logistics) and Shanghai Dah Chong Hong Logistics Co., Ltd. (Shanghai DCH) today, to upgrade cold chain logistics management. By the strategic partnerships METRO China has laid a solid foundation for its long-term development in China.

"Our partnerships with the two giants in the Chinese logistics industry will not only help us enhance overall cold chain logistics management, but also will allow us to provide better quality and safer products to customers with higher efficiency. Furthermore, we are confident that enhanced capabilities will support our expansion, as well as to facilitate our multi-channel strategy in China by serving E-commerce and Food Service Delivery (FSD) channels, in addition to Cash & Carry stores," said Jeroen de Groot, President of METRO China.

Safe, high-quality food products and higher efficiency benefit customers

With 79 locations across 55 cities nationwide, METRO China has extensive reach in China. Powered by the new partnerships, METRO will upgrade its cold chain logistics, covering more than 5,000 products from a wide range of assortments, including fruits, vegetables, frozen foods, dairy products, bean products, meat, and fish, for all stores across the country.

METRO China will work closely with Shuanghui Logistics to improve cold chain delivery. With powerful transportation capabilities, Shuanghui Logistics is able to set multiple routes and provide the vehicles best suited to different product types. These professional-grades, dual-temperature vehicles, along with the company's experienced personnel, will help METRO shorten delivery times, ensuring product freshness and quality, and enhancing efficiency - ultimately benefitting its customers.

Through partnership with Shanghai DCH, METRO China is now also well equipped with temperature-controlled warehousing, with temperatures ranging from ultra-low, low, and constant to ambient to better ensure food safety and quality. The improved storage services are possible thanks to Shanghai DCH's cold storage distribution center in Shanghai Hongqiao; logistics centers in North, Central, and Southwest China; and valuable experiences in retail warehousing.

METRO China is the only wholesaler in China with all stores HACCP-certified. Its two cold chain logistics partners also strictly follow the standards of the HACCP and ISO international quality assurance systems.

A nationwide logistics network supports multi-channel strategy

METRO will leverage its partners' nationwide cold chain storage and warehousing support to further optimize its sales network and strengthen the development of its multi-channel businesses. In the future METRO China will also build new distribution centers in major cities in Central and Western China, in addition to its existing ones in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The planned new distribution center network will enable METRO China to decrease delivery times, optimize supply frequency, ensure product quality and freshness, reduce ordering cycles, and respond swiftly to customer demands. The state-of-art logistics network will not only support METRO's Cash & Carry stores, but also its E-commerce and FSD platforms, supporting METRO China to grow into a leader in multi-channel businesses.

About METRO Cash & Carry

METRO Cash & Carry is represented in 28 countries with over 760 self-service wholesale stores. With a headcount of about 119,000 employees worldwide, the wholesale company achieved sales of about EUR32 billion in the financial year 2012/2013. METRO Cash & Carry is a sales division of METRO GROUP. METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. During the financial year 2012/13 (pro forma), it generated sales of about EUR65 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 31 countries and has a headcount of around 265,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry -- the international leader in self-service wholesale -- Media Markt and Saturn -- the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing -- Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

More information at: www.metrogroup.de

Profile of METRO China

In 1996, METRO Cash & Carry, the international leader in self-service wholesale, opened its first wholesale store in the international metropolis of Shanghai. The company was among the first to gain permission from the China Central Government to set up chain operations in all major cities in China. Over the last decade, the company has set its foot already in 55 cities with 79 outlets in operation in China. With a headcount of over 11,000 employees, the wholesaler is serving more than 3.8 million buying customers across the country.

More information at: www.metro.com.cn

Profile of Shuanghui Logistics

Shuanghui Logistics, the National AAAA level logistics enterprise and the largest domestic professional cold-chain logistics enterprise, runs first in top 50 cold-chain Logistics enterprise in China. The company has set up 18 subsidiaries in China, owned temperature-controlled warehouse with capacity of 187,500 tons, and normal temp and distribution storages covering 108,000 m2 and 7 specialized railways. Shuanghui Logistics is committed to being a professional cold-chain logistics service provider which integrating transportation, warehousing, sorting, handling, distribution, information for the third-party enterprises.

More information at: www.shwl.com.cn

Profile of Dah Chong Hong Holdings

Established since 1949, Dah Chong Hong Holdings is a Hong Kong-based conglomerate with diversified business portfolio in: (a) Motor and Motor Related Business and (b) Food and Consumer Products Business. The Group has business operations in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan. DCH has become a publicly listed company on the Main Board of Hong Kong Stock Exchange since 2007. DCH Logistics is one of the major players in mainland China, and manages various logistics centers with a total area of over 1 million m2 in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao, all of which can provide multi-temperature warehouses with frozen, chilled, air-conditioned and ambient storage facilities, as well as the supporting distribution and cold chain delivery services. For details, please visit www.dch.com.hk

Source: METRO China
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