Supermarkets form regional alliance to boost efficiency
Sixteen Central American supermarket chains have formed an alliance to boost efficiency and fight regional competition led by Wal-Mart.
Friday, May 16, 2008
The alliance, known as Sucap, is still at the stage of defining the structure it will use for joint operations, said Guillermo Aguilar, managing director of Perimercados, one of four Costa Rican members.
The president of one of the largest supermarket chains in Costa Rica speaks about investments and the bureaucratic obstacles the sector has to deal with.
Three cooperatives that supply supermarkets have joined together to increase efficiency and compete better.
By the end of the year, the supermarket chain will roll out new technology for its locations in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
With this alliance, Wal-Mart will promote the inclusion of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) of the region in its international suppliers network.
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