FACTS: Markant Austria GmbH
- Founded: 1989
- Headquarters: 1020 Vienna, Leopoldsgasse 4
- Employees: 23,720
- Task: Purchasing and procurement service, purchasing services
- Turnover (2021): €4,125 billion
- Owner: Markant Handels- und Industriewarenvermittlungs AG (CH) 100%
- Management: Thomas Zechner (Managing Director)
- Website: https://www.markant.com/de/
Company history: A partner for trade
its origin founded the company in 1950. At that time, the wholesaler Adolf Spinner from Offenburg founded the company with a few like-minded people All-View Organization (ASO). In 1963 the chain of stores emerged A&O, a voluntary cooperation of originally twenty large grocers, who were able to pool their goods purchases and other interests through the newly founded company. Other companies, drugstores and large area stores later joined this cooperation. From the A&O later die Selex Handels GmbH emerged, and the company was formed at the same time Tanyawhich focuses on the non-food sector.
In 1987 the company was founded in Pfäffikon, Switzerland Markant Trade and Industrial Goods Mediation AGdie in 1991 with Selex and Tania Markant Trading and Service GmbH merged. The company’s central location is in Offenburg (Germany), where the European data center and the group’s service center are also located.
The declared task of the trade cooperation is to secure the autonomy and independence and thus also the future of private and free trade. This also includes initiatives such as the local suppliers offensive that Markant launched in 2005 in response to increasing concentration in the food retail sector.
Markant operates numerous branches all over Europeunderneath in Vienna Markant Austria GmbH and in Offenburg, Germany, Markant Deutschland GmbH. As a subsidiary, Markant Austria GmbH is 100% owned by Markant Handels- und Industriewaren-Vermittlungs AG. is managing director since 2017 Thomas Zechner (born 1968).
Through the cooperation With local dealers, Markant Österreich GmbH also succeeds in penetrating the Austrian market. These partners include the drugstore chain dm, Unimarkt or A book. Since 2017, Markant Österreich GmbH has also been implementing the target markets of Croatia and Slovenia.
All in all, Markant organizes the purchasing of goods for around 100 companies with special subsidiaries and thus serves over 20,000 sales outlets in the food retail sector alone, a sales area of 7 million square meters and, measured by sales, a market share of around 20 percent in German and 13 percent in Austrian food retail. In 2016, the trading companies affiliated with Markant accounted for sales of around 51 billion euros via Markant.
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Offers for suppliers
The product range of Markant Austria GmbH is wide-ranging. The company sees itself as a partner for suppliers and dealers and offers its services along the entire value chain. Suppliers Payment and planning security are guaranteed, as well as simplified access to the market. Due to the size and reliability of the company, constant protection of liquidity are established. This allows also smaller suppliers remain in business in the event of any problems or delivery difficulties.
Above her information network and its own data center Markant Austria makes a large amount of data available to its partner companies, which makes it possible to better assess markets and customer needs. Through trading forums the exchange between suppliers and dealers has also improved. Various options for increasing efficiency are also available.
Markant also offers support in the implementation of EU regulations, bad debts and national dealers in the EU expansion of opening up further target markets.
Offers for dealers
On dealer side If desired, the company takes over the entire administration and supports its partner with the accumulated industry knowledge and external market research. In the international area, the company creates individual, country-specific service portfolios so that all possible data is available for a scripted extension.
Markant Austria also leads numerous own brandson the partner companies partly also with individual ones branding can access, which is particularly relevant in the discount sector. From groceries and pet food to drugstore products, there is a wide range of options for stocking your own shelves.
Constantly market analyses and die Taking on routine work are also part of the trade cooperative’s portfolio, which aims to improve the competitiveness of smaller, independent traders. Particular attention is paid to the food trade, which in Austria is very strongly dominated by the trio of Rewe (including Adeg, Billa, Bipa, Sutterlütty), Spar and Hofer.
All in all, Markant organizes the purchasing of goods for around 100 companies in all countries in which the cooperative is active and thus serves over 20,000 sales outlets in the food retail sector alone, a sales area of 7 million square meters. In terms of sales, Markant has a market share of around 20 percent in the food trade in Germany and one in Austria Share of around 13 percent of the entire food trade.
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Voila! – The start-up arena
Especially proud the company relies on its support of young start-ups. With voila the Markant Group offers start-ups and young entrepreneurs with innovative products the opportunity to position their products with retailers throughout Europe. Over 200 partner companies from the Markant Group are supporting the project, which is already being worked on over 900 startups involved.
With the simple and free registration, it is to talks as soon as possible to come up with interested dealers. As part of the Start-Up Arena, a meeting between start-ups and buyers also takes place every two months, where new, innovative ideas can be pitched directly to the purchasing managers of possible trading partners.
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