Ahold Delhaize introduced its Better Together strategy Tuesday morning, and gave the public an update on the state of the company’s integration and its financial framework following the completion of the merger between Ahold and Delhaize Group in July of this year.
"We are excited to share our Better Together strategy, which builds naturally on our combined strong performance as well as the strong foundations of the local brands in our group,” said CEO Dick Boer, in a company release. “Guided by this common compass, we will continue to improve our family of brands to be a better place to shop, a better place to work, and a better neighbor, every day. We are meeting the needs of customers today and anticipating those of tomorrow, by providing more value, quality, and convenience.”
The company announced three key pillars of the Better Together strategy at its Capital Markets Day in London:
Ahold Delhaize’s Better Together strategy will drive profitable growth and deliver the benefits of international scale, while combining strong local brands and experienced local associates, and driving savings and investments to benefit customers and create value for shareholders.
Growing supermarkets is a priority for the company, stating the strategy offered a number of specifics goals, including:
Additionally, the company is looking to double its e-commerce sales of €2.3 billion (approx. $2.47 billion) by 2020, looking to build e-commerce platforms in the Netherlands and Belgium.
The company also weighed in on the progress of integrating operations after a merger earlier this year.
"Our integration is on track and we have a clear plan to deliver €500 million (approx. $537.46 million) in net synergies in 2019,” said Boer. “We are convinced more than ever that our merger is the right combination at the right time. Driven by our purpose 'Together, we build great local brands, bringing fresh inspiration every day,' we will continue to shape a stronger future for Ahold Delhaize, providing fuel for the brands to grow to the benefit of customers, associates, communities and shareholders."
The company is committed to delivering net synergies of €500 million (approx. $537.46 million) in 2019, the press release states. Ahold Delhaize also confirmed integration costs will total €350 million (approx. $376.22 million) for 2015-2019.
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