METRO and eGrocery specialist Košík started a close cooperation in the Czech Republic in August 2020. The wholesaler has provided a 170-square-meter area in its MAKRO store in České Budějovice for Košík logistics and offers an assortment of around 16,000 items for Košík's eGrocery business. Later the concept was extended to MAKRO stores in Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc and Zlín. A similar cooperation was launched at the METRO store in Sofia (Bulgaria) in June 2021. Based on the successful cooperation so far, METRO and Košík have now agreed to intensify their collaboration.
In return for granting full access to METRO’s sourcing capabilities and store network, exclusive condition for the purchasing and logistics infrastructure, METRO has received a 25% stake in Košík. The stake can be increased to up to 30% if Košík expands its offering into other Central or Eastern European markets in cooperation with METRO.
"The agreement with Košík is in line with METRO's sCore wholesale strategy and will contribute to our growth ambitions. We are strengthening and institutionalising our sourcing relationships with one of our key partners in the fast-growing eGrocery market. eGrocery businesses fulfill the function of local food supply, comparable to our core customer target group of traders, but instead of small stores supported by a digital platform and last mile logistics. Our role in this cooperation is exclusively that of a food supplier and infrastructure provider. Košík’s experienced management team will continue to exclusively manage the company's consumer business, allowing our teams to remain fully focused on the wholesale business", explains Rafael Gasset, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of METRO AG.
Founded in 2015, Košík is an online-only eGrocery business with offerings in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria which operates a large fulfillment center in Prague. Košík offers same-day delivery starting at 2 hours (full-range) and next-day delivery. The company serves currently 190,000 customers across the Czech Republic and fulfills around 6,000 orders daily. EC Investments (ECI) is the majority shareholder of Košík.
METRO is a leading international food wholesale company which specialises in serving the needs of hotels, restaurants and caterers (HoReCa) as well as independent merchants (Traders). Around the world, METRO has some 17 million customers who benefit from the wholesale company’s unique multichannel mix. Customers can shop for their goods in one of the large stores in their area or have them delivered (Food Service Distribution, FSD) – all with digital support and connection. At the same time, METRO MARKETS is an international online marketplace for professional customers that has been growing and expanding continuously since 2019. Acting sustainably is one of the company principles of METRO which has been listed in various sustainability indices and rankings for many years, including FTSE4Good, MSCI, CDP and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. METRO operates in more than 30 countries and employs over 93,000 people worldwide. In financial year 2021/22, METRO generated sales of €29.8 billion. More information can be found at MPULSE.de, our online magazine.