The new Corporate Program will support business projects that provide solutions in areas such as the reduction and elimination of plastics, energy savings, waste management, healthy products, and urban distribution.
The selected entrepreneurs will be provided with financial support, advice, and training from both entities and will have use of the facilities of Marina de Empresas.
The store is reopening after a comprehensive renovation with an investment of approximately 2.8 million euros and with the participation of 35 suppliers, who have employed 250 people during the project.
This new efficient store has a workforce of 53 employees with stable and quality employment, new features in all sections and improvements at environmental, technological and service levels. It aims to optimise the full shopping experience for customers.
Mercadona has allocated 3 million euros for the construction of a new pedestrian plaza, Plaça d’Espanya, with green areas. The land has been transferred to Tavernes Blanques City Council, where the company’s headquarters have been located since its founding, for the enjoyment of all local residents.
The new supermarket is located in the city of Vila Nova de Gaia (Oporto district) and, before the end of the year, the company plans to open a total of ten stores in Portugal, located in the Oporto, Braga and Aveiro districts.
Juan Roig and Hortensia Herrero, President and Vice-President of Mercadona, together with the other members of the Board of Directors and different Portuguese authorities, visited the facilities this afternoon to explain in person the company's internationalization project
The company currently has 900 Portuguese workers and plans to reach 1,100 employees in 2019. There are also plans to invest more than 100 million euros during this year.
From 2016 to 2018, the company has invested more than 160 million euros, mainly for the construction of supermarkets, a logistics centre in Póvoa de Varzim, the Porto and Lisbon offices and the co-innovation centre located in Matosinhos.
To promote its Digital Transformation project, the company intends to invest € 150 M per year to improve IT tools and processes.
It will select experienced profiles as well as recent graduates, both with university degrees and with higher vocational training degrees.
They will join the 500 current employees in the IT department and will have stable, high-quality positions from the start, a specific training plan, and the possibility of internal promotion in the medium term.
All single-use plastic bags will be removed from all stores starting today, 15 April. In the company’s more than 1,600 stores, there will only be three options to do your shopping: paper bags, bags made of 50-70% of recycled plastic from the packaging used in stores, and raffia baskets.
This initiative entails the annual reuse of 3,000 tonnes of plastic recovered from the supermarket company’s stores, which it turns into shopping bags. The process, carried out by Saica Natur, turns Mercadona's plastic waste into new recycled resources.
Mercadona encourages its customers to reuse the bags and baskets we all have at home to encourage us all to follow the principles of Circular Economy.
After deciding, two years ago, to launch a disruptive process and do whatever was necessary to transform the company and continue to be the best option for “The Boss”.
It has ended 2018 with a staff of more than 85,800 people, 300 of whom are Portuguese, after creating 1,800 stable, quality jobs, and has continued to advance in its responsible and sustainable business model, improving the quality of work and investing in the protection of the environment and animal welfare.
It has increased its turnover on a like to like basis by 6%, after increasing on average in 2018 by more than 50 tickets/store/day, which amounts to a total of more than 125 tickets/store/day from the launch of its transformation process in 2017.
The test started in May 2018 with the “Hive” (a warehouse for online shopping) in 97 towns in the province of Valencia has made it possible to double the number of customers and achieve a monthly turnover of 2.2 million euros.
Mercadona maintains its principle that “shared growth tastes better”, and has distributed the total profits generated during the year as follows: 295 million, of which two correspond to Portugal, to Society as taxes, at a 22% corporate tax rate; and 325 million to its employees as performance-related bonuses. Of the 593 million of the net profits (84% more than the previous year), 470 million were reinvested in the company as own resources, while the rest was distributed among shareholders via dividends.