An important anniversary
This year Selex celebrates its 55th birthday!
It was in 1964 that a group of food wholesalers banded together to form a voluntary association known as A&O. Within a handful of years, the associates had expanded their business and developed into logistically organized distribution centres.
A&O supermarkets proliferated across the nation, and became one of the country’s best known and well-loved brands. 1979 saw the birth of Selex Gruppo Commerciale, which progressively expanded its scope and membership as other major retailers and their associated brands joined up.
Selex thus developed into an extensive and efficient multi-channel sales and distribution network. Always local, always listening to what customers want, but also an agent of change.
As much today as 55 years ago.
Italy's third-largest distributor group
Turnover 2017-2019 - in billions of Euros
The Selex Group, an association formed by 12 independent Partner Companies, is the third largest logistics-based retail distributor in Italy. The fact that it has continued to grow in recent years in spite of precarious patterns of consumption is a testament to the essential vitality of the Group.
Between 2008 and 2018, it increased its market share of the hypermarket/supermarket/ convenience store/cash & carry channels by 3.1 percentage points, from 8.4% to 10.5% (Source: IRI, June 2018), while sales turnover rose from 7.3 to 10.9 billion euros.
The Group's sales network consists of 2,277 retail outlets, which are distributed across 90 provinces and more than 1,700 municipalities. All told, their combined floorage amounts to more than 2 million square metres. Selex depends for its success on its keen ability to interpret what its customers want and on its capacity to generate value by constantly enhancing its products and services while always remaining as competitive as possible on price.
Development in 2019
The Partner Companies of the Selex Group have developed an ambitious programme of growth for 2019.
The Group is looking forward to the opening of 54 new retail outlets covering a combined floor space of around 90,000 square metres, and has plans to renovate 128 existing stores.
Superstore e Mini-hypermarkets
Hard e Soft Discount
Total Retail Outlets
Cash and Carry
Selex's 2019 development programme
By means of this extensive programme of development, for the implementation of which Selex Partner Companies have allocated more than 320 million euros, the Selex Group will strengthen its presence across the country and considerably enhance its performance in the retail trade where it aims to boost sales revenues to 11.4 billion euros (an increase of 4.1% on 2018).