The COVID-19 pandemic seems to reveal and accelerate transformations needed in the distribution sector, many of which are already in gestation. Containment measures have led to the closure of several retail networks, online sales have intensified, creating new challenges for delivery services, and businesses that were able to remain open have had to adapt.
Hypermarkets and supermarkets
As essential components of the market economy, distribution channels enable the sale of goods to end consumers. A panorama of food retailers shows that France has nearly 7,000 convenience stores, compared to less than 2,500 hypermarkets. Nevertheless, the hypermarket retail space is much larger. The sales area, the large shelves and the variety of products of hyper and supermarkets explain their success since the opening of the first one in 1958. The prices are lower than in small convenience stores, and the location on the outskirts of towns makes them easily accessible to non-urban consumers.
On the strength of their national success, French retailers have gone international, like the Carrefour group. In 1969, Carrefour set up shop in Belgium and then spread throughout the world. In 2019, it counted more than 12,000 retailers worldwide.
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