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Rimi to launch online trade in Estonia in spring of 2020

BC, Tallinn, 11.09.2019.Print version
The Rimi retail chain is looking to open an online store in Estonia next spring, while the retailer's online shopping platform in Latvia will be launched in October this year, informed Rimi`d representative.

Rimi introduced its new concept on Tuesday which focuses on prioritizing digital innovation and more efficient technical solutions. 

"We have been working on launching our online store for a while and the Latvian online Rimi will start operation already in October. We intend to open an e-store in Estonia in the spring of 2020," Vaido Padumae, managing director of Rimi Estonia, said. 

Padumae said that both merchants as well as shop employees benefit from the opportunities provided by the digital world. He cited electronic price tags as an example enabling workers to save considerable amounts of time.

"These price tags are already used in the fruit and vegetable as well as cosmetics sections of several Rimis. We are also increasing the number of handheld barcode scanners and self-service checkouts for our customers and perfecting the My Rimi app. Customers also have the opportunity to use the Rimi loyalty card on their phone," Padumae noted.

He also underlined Rimi's promise to become a climate neutral enterprise by 2020, to reduce the wasting of food by a half and give up selling battery eggs by 2025.

"Rimi has always encouraged its employees and customers to make environmentally friendly choices and responsible decisions with regard to our surroundings," the managing director of Rimi said. "In the future, we will introduce even more environmentally friendly ways of packaging and reduce the wasting of food and carbon dioxide emissions even further." 

The Rimi Eesti Food AS belongs to the Rimi Baltic AB retail chain, a part of Sweden's ICA Gruppen. Rimi Baltic AB owns a total of 266 stores in the Baltics and employs some 2,700 people in Estonia.

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