In recent years the development of the retail sector has been characterised by intense competition and rapid changes leading to the industry’s digitalisation. Under such conditions, the ability of businesses to be flexible and adapt quickly is critically important to efficient growth. Therefore for more than a year now throughout the Baltic states, the Rimi … Continued
Author: Santa Magone
Concluding the expansion project launched in 2017 and worth 82 million, Rimi Latvia will open a new expansion to the office in Riga, 161 A. Deglava Street, on 27 April. In total, seven separate stages or construction projects have been completed during the five years of the project, reaching more than 90,000 square meters after … Continued
To support the nation of Ukraine and those who have been forced to flee because of the military invasion of Russia, the Rimi chain of stores is offering 200 jobs to Ukrainian refugees throughout the Baltics, as well as introducing several opportunities for shoppers to support the people of Ukraine. Starting from the next week Rimi buyers can make donations to support Ukraine in the Rimi e-store or use their My Rimi money for this purpose. Also Ukrainian products are highlighted on store shelves, so that every shopper can help the Ukrainian economy with their daily product choices.
In solidarity with Ukraine and Ukrainians, many of whom are among Rimi Baltic employees and clients, as well as being strictly against the military aggression and a full-scale invasion of Ukraine that has been launched by Russia, one of the largest retail chains in the Baltic States, Rimi Baltic, has banned Russian and Belarusian goods from its stores.
At the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow on November 10th, ICA Gruppen, the mother company of Rimi, has received an award for its “Beyond Climate Neutrality” climate ambition. This award confirms the company’s efforts to achieve climate neutrality and to reduce the impact on the climate among suppliers and customers. Representatives of Rimi and ICA Gruppen also met with Lithuanian Minister of Environment, Latvian Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development and the adviser of Estonian Minister of Environment to discuss current issues and possible solutions to further reduce the environmental impact of the retail and food sectors.
On November 9th ICA Gruppen appointed Giedrius Bandzevičius as the new CEO of RIMI Baltic. He succeeds Edgar Sesemann, who after 14 years with RIMI and a total of 23 years with ICA Gruppen, has decided to retire. Giedrius Bandzevičius is currently country manager for RIMI in Lithuania, a role he has held since 2017.
On the 6th of October the United Nations announced that ICA Gruppen has received an award for its “Beyond Climate Neutrality” climate ambition. The award will be presented in connection with the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November. ICA is being recognised for its work to achieve climate neutrality in its own operations and its ambition to at the same time drive change for reduced climate impact both upstream in the supply chain as well as downstream among consumers.
In order to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the product sorting process and promote a safer work environment for employees, by investing 4.4 million euros Rimi has introduced a unique automated goods sorting system in the Baltics at the logistics center in Riga, A.Deglava Street 161. The system packs fresh food, fruits and vegetables, as well as alcoholic and other beverages for 168 stores throughout the Baltics.
To celebrate the Baltic front-runners in sustainability and highlight the increasing role of innovations in sustainability, Rimi Baltic launches the Sustainability Awards. Applications for the Awards are open from 20th of September until the 20th of October.
Winners from all Baltic states will be announced during the Awards Ceremony at the Future Form conference on the 9th of December. Enterprises, organizations, startups, and individuals are welcome to apply for the Awards in three categories – Impact, Innovation, and Changemaker.
ICA Gruppen, the parent company of the retailer Rimi, has been recognized as the most climate-friendly retail company in Europe in the ranking of climate leaders by the international newspaper Financial Times. In total, the Financial Times’ climate leader list includes 300 companies of various industries that have achieved the highest results in reducing emissions.