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METRO is a leading international specialist in wholesale and food retail. The company operates in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. In financial year 2016/17, METRO generated sales of around €37.1 billion. The company provides custom solutions to meet the regional and international needs of its wholesale and retail customers. With its sales brands METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as delivery services and digitalisation initiatives METRO sets the standards for tomorrow: for customer focus, digital solutions and sustainable business models.

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About METRO Cash & Carry

METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry operates more than 750 wholesale stores in 25 countries with a workforce of about 108,000 employees.

METRO Cash & Carry stands for one of the great success stories in modern commerce. In its successful history of over half a century, the company has been dedicated to providing its customers with high quality products and customized solutions. METRO Cash & Carry is focusing on professional customers such as hotels, restaurants, caterers as well as small and mid-sized retailers and institutions, meanwhile meeting the needs of people who are keen on quality of life. Compared with other traders, METRO Cash & Carry has unparalleled expertise in fresh food.

About METRO China

In 1996, METRO Cash & Carry, the international pioneer in self-service wholesale, opened its first wholesale store in the international metropolis of Shanghai, and thus brought in the country a brand new business concept. The company has set its foot already in 58 Chinese cities with 94 stores in operation. With a headcount of around 12,000 employees, the wholesaler is serving more than 8 million customers across the country. In the financial year 2016/2017, the sales reached around RMB20.34 billion.

Focusing on different customer groups, METRO China is developing multiple sales channels including O2O store, Foodservice Distribution, Welfare & Gifting and E-Commerce. METRO Cash & Carry China has implemented the international HACCP standard (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point), an innovative preventive system to ensure food safety, in all outlets.

With a strong sense of social responsibility, METRO has always been striving to assume the responsibilities as a corporate citizen while achieving the business growth. Specifically, METRO China strictly observes local laws and regulations, consciously pays a great amount of tax to local governments every year, and provides strong support for infrastructure construction nationwide. In particular, it has made great contributions to the improvement of China's food safety system. Taking sustainable development as its obligation, METRO has made great efforts, including building and turning existing stores into green stores, setting up solar power stations and upgrading the refrigerating systems, to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Moreover, by partnering with China Youth Development Foundation, METRO funded Hope Primary Schools and established the “METRO China Education Fund”, to help improve education in poverty-stricken areas across China. METRO brings a lot of job opportunities and advanced management concepts to all locations where it operates, to help local suppliers, especially the small and medium-sized businesses, to improve product quality. Meanwhile, METRO is including more and more Chinese companies into its global distribution and sales network, thus to help them sell their products to international markets.

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