The supermarket chains participating as pilots in the project will choose at least one store each to install smart meters and assess energy consumption in sight of planning energy efficiency and technological retrofit measures. The smart meters will be provided and installed free of charge and will remain property of the supermarket at the end of project. Moreover, the pilot units will be introduced to a set of innovative financial schemes, loyalty programs and customer rewards through which they could finance the energy efficiency measures needed. Last, but not least, the supermarkets will be included in a series of outreach and communication activities, as well as in a free advertising campaign that will boost their positioning at both national and EU level.
Covirán is a Retail Cooperative dedicated to food distribution and one of the most important companies in the Spanish and Portuguese social economy, with a long history. The company has its roots in Granada, Spain, and it began its activity in 1961. As of today, Covirán has become a benchmark in its sector in the Iberian Peninsula, with more than 2,876 supermarkets.
DIA (Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación) is a leading network of proximity supermarkets, with nearly 6,200 stores and franchises in Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Argentina. With the commitment of its more than 39,000 employees around the world and its suppliers, mainly local, DIA offers the best offer and the best service to its more than 20 million customers.
Despar is part of Aspiag Service Srl, concessionaire of the Despar Nordest and part of the international SPAR Austria Group. The brand comprises all the proximity supermarkets with a small surface area, with a specific assortment of products for daily shopping in the Italian regions of Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Trentino Alto Adige and the provinces of Bologna, Ferrara, Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Ravenna and Mantua. The small size and familiar environment promote a closer relationship with the customer.
NATURASI is an organic supermarket chain with presence in more than six countries. Founded in Verona in 1992, it currently brings together around 300 organic shops in Italy, partly in franchising, partly directly managed. It’s present both in the largest cities, and also in smaller ones, and it offers a complete assortment, consisting of over 4,000 certified organic and biodynamic products.