UNI Group’s Challenging Year Leads to Profitable Sales and Changes in Operations

Unimarkt branches transitioning into franchises

The UNI Group faced several challenges during the financial year 2023/24. Despite these difficulties, the group managed to achieve total sales of around 474 million euros, representing a promising increase from the previous year. However, the online shops within the group were not profitable and had to be closed.

UNIBoxes, with their 17 locations, are also facing changes in their schedules and operations due to a ruling by the Constitutional Court. Meanwhile, Unimarkt Handelsgesellschaft is set to be converted into franchises by 2024/25. Currently, 65 out of 124 Unimarkt branches are already being managed by franchise partners.

The concept of autonomous UNIBoxes did not prove successful and resulted in their closure due to lack of profitability. However, the know-how gained from this venture will be utilized in Nah&Frisch hybrid markets within the group. With a total of 23 Nah&Frisch hybrid locations at the end of the financial year, an expansion plan for 16 more locations is in place for the upcoming year.

Unimarkt now operates two hybrid locations and sees this concept as the future of its operations amidst challenges in finding employees. The group consists of UNIWholesale, UNILogistik, Unimarkt Handels GmbH, and 50% ownership of the convenience supplier unik, which achieved sales of 87 million euros in the previous financial year. With around 3,100 employees, the group remains focused on sustainable growth and strategic expansion.

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