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18th January 2022

Ahold enters into a strategic alliance with shipment professional Cycloon

Zaandam, the Netherlands, December 21, 2021– Ahold Delhaize reveals today that bol.com, its on-line seller in the Benelux, enters into a strategic alliance with shipment professional Cycloon. The celebrations plan to collectively increase the development of Cycloon and also share the ambition to make shipment extra lasting and also social The present management of Cycloon will certainly be proceeded and also the existing investors of Cycloon will certainly remain involved as investors. The purchase, in which bol.com obtains a majority risk, is anticipated to be completed in the very first half of 2022 and also goes through guidance from the pertinent jobs council as well as normal approvals.

With the growth of the e-commerce and also relevant logistics industry, challenges are enhancing in regards to delivery ability and also effect on the atmosphere and also infrastructure. The collaboration with bol.com enables Cycloon to substantially accelerate its mission of green and social delivery, developing a future-proof setting with solid growth possibilities in a competitive market. For bol.com, the collaboration ensures that a better proportion of plans can be supplied by bike which the online retail platform can offer clients the best solution in delivery.

Eco-friendly and also social.

With its national network of bike messengers and postal distribution team, Cycloon sends out mail and plans to thousands of customers throughout the Netherlands. The business already saves 1600 tons of carbon dioxide annually and presently uses 600 people with a physical, psychological or emotional range to the labor market that obtain extra support from a work trainer. Management and investors continue to be totally dedicated to Cycloon’s social society and sustainable mission to expand the organization and produce brand-new work. Cycloon eagerly anticipates continuing the distribution of mail as well as bundles for present and new clients, as well as delivering plans for bol.com, after the conclusion of the transaction. This will certainly include plans from bol.com itself in addition to bundles from sales partners that keep their products in the distribution centers of bol.com.

Marieke Snoek, Taking Care Of Director Cycloon: “The partnership with bol.com provides us the chance to make an effect on a much larger scale. We will certainly continue to invest in our individuals, network as well as partners and this will certainly enable us to enhance as well as additional broaden the services we supply to our existing and new clients. In doing so, we went over at length the principles we represent as well as remain to stand for as organizations.”

Increase sustainable and adaptable shipment

Bol.com has enthusiastic sustainability goals and the collaboration with Cycloon contributes significantly to this. Vincent Weijers, Director of Logistics & Workflow (COO) at bol.com: “We are huge followers in Cycloon’s lasting and also social mission. At the same time, it is an unique possibility for bol.com as well as its sales companions to speed up the sustainability of our growing parcel delivery company and broaden our shipment ability. Next to that, we can additionally improve the convenience as well as service for our consumers with versatile and clever delivery. Relocating towards a lasting as well as socially responsible last mile is critical for the future of ecommerce as well as we will remain to collaborate with all our distribution partners to make this happen. With a majority risk in Cycloon, we are taking one more action in the direction of our stated ambition of reducing our direct footprint to 0 grams of CO2 discharges per bundle by 2025.”

Wouter Kolk, CEO Ahold Delhaize Europe & Indonesia, stated, “I am proud of the calculated collaboration we have completed together. It offers both organizations the opportunity to grow in a lasting method. Purchasing as well as boosting the so-called ‘last mile’ of the shipment of on-line orders, and making it more lasting, sits high up on the agenda within our approach. Dealing with Cycloon can contribute to having bol.com customers shop nevertheless, whenever as well as anywhere they would certainly such as.”

Terms and also process

The deal is subject to customary problems, consisting of approval from the appropriate authorities, coordination with trade unions and advice from the jobs council. The transaction is anticipated to enclose the initial half of 2022, supplied all conditions are met. 4 years after the transaction, bol.com will certainly obtain the staying shares. Cycloon will then also continue to exist as an independent brand name

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