This new store results in the creation of 40 new stable quality jobs.
This new efficient store offers innovations in all sections with improvements at the environmental, technological and service levels, with the aim of optimising the total shopping experience of its customers.
With an investment of 4 million euros, the construction of the new supermarket involved 81 suppliers, employing more than 230 employees during the construction phase.
The new online “Lab”, initially available in Valencia's city centre, is born to test, learn and improve the service, as well as expand it to the rest of the city and towns nearby in the following months.
This new online shopping system coexists with the current one for the rest of areas and cities, and has a brand-new website and mobile app to make the shopping process faster and easier.
The online project has been designed to offer a better shopping experience for the client. The company is considering the deployment of different initiatives, such as the ad-hoc designed 3-temperature vehicle which reduces time of transport and unloading, and guarantees freshness.
The team is made up of 240 people, among which are computer engineers, designers, product managers, warehouse personnel, fresh department specialists like in the stores, delivery people and customer service.
Mercadona has invested €12 million in the construction of the new distribution centre for online shopping in the Vara de Quart industrial area of Valencia.
Mercadona invested a record 1,008 million euros in 2017, and it forecasts that 1,500 million will be invested during 2018 using exclusively equity capital.
Investing in a new Efficient Store Model and the quality of its fresh products by means of its Global Fresh Products project, as well as offering a selection that is increasingly more adapted to the needs of “The Boss”, an Efficient Selection, have all contributed to see the company’s like for like sales grow by 6%, increasing the number of receipts by more than 75 per store per day.
The company has created some 5,000 new stable, quality jobs in 2017 - 15 per day, which means its workforce now stands at 84,000 people with permanent contracts.
In 2017, net profit was 322 million euros, 49% less than in 2016, which is in line with the decision made by the shareholders of concentrating on the long term and investing to transform Mercadona.
For another year running, the distribution of profits was in line with the principle of “success is sweeter when it is shared”. Mercadona distributed the total profits in the following way: 205 million to Society through taxes, and 313 million among its employees by way of performance-related bonuses. From the 322 million euros net profit, 202 million were reinvested in the company as equity capital, and the rest was distributed among the shareholders by way of dividends.