Reduction of margins, cost control, efficient selection and productivity, key for not passing the full impact of cost prices on to the sales price of products.
The impact of the increase in cost prices has reduced the company’s margin by 0.6 points, leaving profitability at one of its lowest in the company's history: €0.025 profit per euro of sales, compared to €0.027 in 2021.
This effort to reduce the company's margin and profitability has led to savings of 375 million euros for the over 5.7 million households that shop at Mercadona, which the company has not passed on to the shopping basket.
Mercadona has achieved net profit of 718 million euros, 5% more than in 2021, and has maintained its policy of sharing profit with employees, increasing the amount shared by 8% to reach 405 million euros.
Mercadona's tax contribution to public treasuries was historic in 2022: over 2,263 million euros, 12% more than in 2021.
With regards to its contribution to creating stable, quality employment, it has created 3,000 jobs with permanent contracts (1,000 of them in Portugal), and has guaranteed the purchasing power of the 99,000 people who make up its staff with salary increases in line with the CPIs of Spain and Portugal.
In 2022, Juan Roig and Hortensia Herrero allocated over 80 million euros of their dividends to reactivating the economy of the Valencian Community and Spain, a figure that they will increase in 2023 “because knowledge and money bring happiness...if you share them”.
In 2023, the projection is to increase its capacity for renewable energy generation at 240 stores and at new logistics centres and Hives.
A Mercadona store with solar panels saves approximately 20% of its annual energy consumption compared with a store without photovoltaic energy installed, which entails a reduction of approximately 30 tonnes of CO2 per supermarket.
After investing over 14 million euros in 2022 in the installation of new solar panels, reducing emissions of over 3,000 tonnes of CO2.
By the end of 2025, this space will accommodate a total of 2,600 people who will be progressively transferred there over the next three years.
The new offices, designed by the ERRE Arquitectura studio, have been envisaged as an environment that encourages collaboration and knowledge exchange between the different parts of the process, improving agility and execution in the decision-making process.
As well as being designed for and by people, the new offices are a sustainable space designed to minimise their environmental impact through measures including the use of local production materials (0 kilometre), innovative solutions to reduce energy consumption, and the construction of large internal courtyard gardens to make the most of natural light.
The project, which began with the inauguration of the Data Process Centre (CPD) and the Service Centre in 2014, is planned to be finished in 2025 with a total investment of €200m.
The new Hive in Seville launches with a staff of 145 people.
The investment made amounted to €25 million.
The company moves forward in online business with the opening of its Seville Hive, a platform dedicated exclusively to online sales and the latest addition to its existing Hives in Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid and Alicante.