Recently, Carrefour’s first Chinese member store officially opened in Shanghai. As the first battle to enter the “member store”, Carrefour, which should have been high-spirited, issued an “apology letter” that night, saying that on the opening day, competitors forced suppliers ” “Choose one of the two”, which involved unfair competition, has been reported to the relevant departments. Suddenly, the news rushed to the hot search, what is going on?
On the opening day, it was pressured by suppliers. Carrefour member store said it was “chosen one of two”
In Carrefour’s first member store, two shelves have been completely emptied. These products were purchased in large quantities on the first day of opening. For this reason, the Carrefour member store also issued purchase restrictions, but these products were still sold out. Carrefour members that night The shop also issued a letter of apology to consumers.
Carrefour member store manager: On the first day I found out that only one product was purchased in large quantities, and all three shopping carts were purchased. In order to prevent this from happening again, we issued a purchase restriction, but after the purchase restriction, the appearance of a student appeared Everyone, each holding a designated quantity of goods with a limited purchase, and do not buy other goods, after the checkout, go to the membership office, return all the corresponding membership cards, and hand over the goods to a group specializing in the collection of this Commodity person.
In this regard, Carrefour member stores also stated in the letter of apology that competitors continue to put pressure on some brands. If the brand is supplied to Carrefour member stores, it will remove the products that the brand is competing for.
Carrefour member store merchandise person in charge: Since the afternoon of the 15th, we have received more than a dozen suppliers requesting us, hoping that we will return the goods to them, or they will buy back the goods and hope that the goods will be off the shelves. Asked the reason, they said they were under some pressure and hoped that these products would not appear on the shelves of member stores.
Carrefour said its suppliers were under pressure and forced to “choose one of the two”, while another supermarket Hema X member store also said that it had encountered a similar situation.
Mr. Cai, General Manager of Hema X Membership Store: We continue to bear these pressures so far. These categories often occur from 3C home appliances to individual food categories. Our partners will be pressured by “choosing one of two”. , Was asked not to continue to supply Hema X member stores. This leads us to look for partners and re-establish our supply chain.
Carrefour stated that it has reported to the relevant departments of Shanghai Municipal Supervision Bureau.
Wal-Mart responds to the accusation of “choose one out of two”: no problems found in self-examination
The reporter also contacted a number of suppliers today, but they all refused to be interviewed. At present, neither Hema nor Carrefour has clearly pointed out the compulsory supplier’s “choose one” competitor, but according to some media reports, the reported competitor is Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Club. How did they respond to this? of?
In response to Carrefour and Hema’s condemnation of Sam’s alleged “choice of two”, Wal-Mart issued a statement last night: So far, it has not seen any direct or indirect facts provided by relevant parties, indicating that the so-called “choice of two” exists in Sam’s Club. “problem. This afternoon, the reporter also interviewed the relevant person in charge of Sam’s Club exclusively. He once again firmly denied the rumor.
Dong Yuguo, Senior Vice President of Wal-Mart China: We take this matter very seriously, and we launched an internal investigation as soon as possible. As a result of our investigation, Sam’s Club has never arranged any supplier to do this kind of thing. The issue of “choose one out of two” is mentioned outside. In Sam’s business, “choose one out of two” is not our option. Sam will not ask suppliers to refuse to do business with other retailers.
Industry insiders told reporters that behind Carrefour and Hema’s suppliers’ out-of-stocks and rumors that Sam’s Club forced their suppliers to “choose one of two” is the fierce market competition faced by membership-based supermarkets. At present, paid membership stores have gradually become a new growth point for retail companies, allowing more and more retail companies to gather together. High-quality, differentiated self-operated products are the “magic weapon” that distinguishes member stores from traditional supermarkets. Therefore, the supplier behind has become the focus of contention.
superiorHisenseJiang Zhenwei, senior partner of Chang Law Firm: If the member store restricts suppliers, it can only provide transactions or services to them, and restrict specific suppliers to “choose one of two”, which is suspected of violating the relevant provisions of the Anti-Monopoly Law . The Market Supervision Administration has the authority to impose corresponding administrative penalties on it, including but not limited to ordering to stop illegal activities, confiscation of illegal income, and imposing a fine of 1% to 10% of the previous year’s sales.