Colruyt Group and Delhaize organise wide-ranging direct supply of Belgian hospital personnel
On Thursday 19 March, Colruyt Group announced it had elaborated a customised solution for the UVC Brugmann and UZ Leuven hospitals to deliver food supplies to their personnel in their workplace. The interest and reactions from the hospital sector to join this solution is huge. Colruyt Group is therefore happy to see that other players on the Belgian retail market are following this initiative: Delhaize starts supplying food products to the UZA Edegem personnel as from this week. The main objective is to make sure hospital personnel does not have to worry about buying food for themselves and their family as long as the coronacrisis lasts: together we are stronger.
In collaboration with UVC Brugmann and UZ Leuven, Colruyt Group started installing the logistic infrastructure in both hospitals in the past few days. The separate website on the Solucious platform, on which hospital personnel can order their groceries, is completely ready. UVC Brugmann and UZ Leuven hospital staff could place orders since last weekend. The first deliveries take place on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 March. From then on, deliveries to the hospitals will follow within two working days after the order.
Other hospitals all over Belgium showed their interest in this service. Consequently, Colruyt Group steps up Solucious’ logistic capacity to deliver the online orders of about 30,000 hospital care providers. The group intends to make this full capacity operational gradually by Monday 30 March 2020 at the latest. The practical details are being discussed with the hospitals involved. However, the demand from the hospital sector continues to grow. Colruyt Group is therefore pleased to see that other retailers are following the initiative and that Delhaize has set up its own system to start delivering food products to UZA Edegem.
Marc Hofman, COO Retail of Colruyt Group: "Many hospitals are interested in the service we developed for UVC Brugmann and UZ Leuven and contacted us to develop a solution for their personnel as well. In these difficult times, our main concern is to make sure hospital care providers do not have to worry about buying food for themselves and their family for as long as the coronacrisis last. However, it is impossible for Colruyt Group alone to serve 100% of all hospital care providers in Belgium. Consequently, I am very happy that Delhaize is also developing this service in order to allow as many hospital employees in Belgium to use our initiative. It confirms once again that joining forces makes us strong enough to face these challenging times."
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Colruyt Group operates in the food and non-food distribution sector in Belgium, France and Luxembourg with approximately 570 own stores and 580 affiliated stores. In Belgium this includes Colruyt, OKay, Bio-Planet, Cru, Dreamland, Dreambaby and the affiliated stores Spar and Spar Compact. In France, in addition to Colruyt stores, there are also affiliated Coccinelle, Coccimarket and Panier Sympa stores. The group is also actively involved in the foodservice business (supply of food products to hospitals, company canteens and catering businesses) in Belgium (Solucious). The other activities comprise the sale of fuel in Belgium (DATS 24), printing and document management solutions (Symeta) and the production of green energy (Eoly). The group employs over 29.900 employees and recorded a EUR 9,4 billion revenue in 2018/19. Colruyt is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (COLR) under ISIN code BE0974256852.