Infotech Large retailers oppose closing “non-food” departments

Large retailers oppose closing “non-food” departments

No question of giving in on behalf of “Equity”. The federation of mass distribution announced this Sunday, November 1 of its “Total incomprehension” and his “Opposition” when its departments are closed “Non-food”, considered by the government to appease small traders.

On behalf of “Equity” and health security, the government could indeed decide on Sunday to close the shelves “Non-essential” from supermarkets, from culture to toys to household appliances, rather than allowing small businesses to reopen as requested by entrepreneurs and elected officials.

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The government could shut down “Shelves of products that are not essential” in supermarkets in order to “Restore fairness” with local shops, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday.

According to the Federation of Commerce and Distribution (FCD), such a measure “Lack of health justification”, “Would complicate the life of the French”, would be “Technically very difficult to use in many stores”, “Would result in the partial unemployment of several tens of thousands of employees, without any real justification”, and “Would create a total distortion of competition with Amazon, to the detriment once again of physical commerce”.

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Result ? Auchan, Intermarché, Netto, Leclerc, Carrefour, Lidl or even Système U are asking the government to “Favor a gradual reopening of small businesses, by appointment, accompanied by increased control measures for current gauges in stores”.

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The Prime Minister is the guest on Sunday evening of the 8 p.m. newspaper of TF1 and could arbitrate this question, while the controversy mounts over the closure of small businesses during confinement. Jean Castex spoke by videoconference with professional federations as well as associations of local traders.

If the government were to take this decision, mass retailers would like to “Define very precisely the terms of the measures taken, by decree, in particular the list of prohibited and authorized categories, before any implementation, while providing for a minimum of technical delay”. Medium and small stores in urban areas should in particular “Benefit from a specific diet, so as not to call into question their ability to remain open and to ensure their role in terms of food”.

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The FCD also calls for this measure to be limited “Strictly for non-essential products”, and not to products of ” first necessity “ (drugstore, hygiene, small clothing …) and products sold elsewhere such as DIY, gardening and drugstore.

Finally, the FCD asks that the duration of this measure be specified and “As short as possible”, and that the government take “Quickly measures to prevent Amazon (…) from being the big winner of the measures that could be announced”.

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