METRO to Support Earthquake Relief Efforts in Yunnan, Offering Food Supplies

KUNMING, China, Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — METRO China is cooperating with the Emergency Management Center of Yunnan Ludian County Civil Affairs Bureau to provide food supplies through its Kunming Beichen store to victims of the Yunnan earthquake. The 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck China’s Yunnan province on 3 August 2014. Swiftly responding to the emergency, METRO employees purchased food supplies to meet the needs in the disaster zone.

METRO to Support Earthquake Relief Efforts in Yunnan, Offering Food Supplies

METRO to Support Earthquake Relief Efforts in Yunnan, Offering Food Supplies

"We feel so sad after we hear the news about the earthquake in Ludian, Yunnan. Metro China management immediately decided to give our help to the people in the quake-hit area," said Jeroen de Groot, President of METRO China. "We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the victims of the earthquake, and sincerely hope they can recover soon from this calamity. "

Li Zhuo, General Manager of METRO Kunming Beichen Store, added, "As the closest METRO store to the affected area, we at once contacted the local Civil Affairs Bureau to offer food supplies, and prepared more than 40,000 instant noodles, water and other food for the victims. We have arranged the delivery of the supplies to the Ludian Emergency Management Center and it arrived today."

Through its network of 78 stores in 54 cities in China, METRO always reaches out its hand when help is needed during natural disasters, such as the Wenchuan and Ya’an earthquakes. METRO’s relief efforts have included tents and donations in support of reconstruction.

About METRO Cash & Carry

METRO Cash & Carry is represented in 28 countries with over 750 self-service wholesale stores. With a headcount of about 110,000 employees worldwide, the wholesale company achieved sales of about EUR 32 billion in the financial year 2012/2013. METRO Cash & Carry is a sales division of METRO GROUP. METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. During the financial year 2012/13 (pro forma), it generated sales of about EUR 66 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 31 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry — the international leader in self-service wholesale — Media Markt and Saturn — the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing — Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores. 

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Profile of METRO China

In 1996, METRO Cash & Carry, the international leader in self-service wholesale, opened its first wholesale store in the international metropolis of Shanghai. The company was among the first to gain permission from the China Central Government to set up chain operations in all major cities in China. Over the last decade, the company has set its foot already in 54 cities with 78 outlets in operation in China. With a headcount of over 11,000 employees, the wholesaler is serving more than 3.5 million buying customers across the country.

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