Kesko and Itella to expand their e-commerce cooperation
KESKO CORPORATION PRESS RELEASE 19.09.2008 AT 11.00 1(2)
Kesko and Itella have made an extensive cooperation agreement for
developing electronic business operations. The aim is to use the
service packages offered by Itella to help Kesko's divisions launch
their online trade projects. The agreement now signed will first be
leveraged in Kesko's home technology and sports trade. The new
cooperation agreement is a further step in the long-established
cooperation between Kesko and Itella.
"Our aim is to offer the K-Group customers new, interesting and
convenient e-commerce services. The new cooperation agreement will
enable us to enhance and accelerate online store openings and thereby
to generate cost benefits and more sales to both companies," says
Kesko's Niina RyynÃ¤nen.
"We are excited about this new kind of extensive e-commerce
cooperation with Kesko. The trading sector and the development of its
online services are important for Itella. The agreement on e-commerce
cooperation now signed is a new stage for the whole sector in
Finland. Online shopping is growing strongly. Its undeniable benefits
for customers are reliability and the speed and ease of shopping,
because the stores are open on 7 days a week and 24 hours a day,"
says Senior Vice President Tarja PÃ¤Ã¤kkÃ¶nen of Itella Group.
Electronic customer communication and related services are developed
intensively in the trading sector. The availability of Internet
services is highlighted in the service offer of the K-Group stores.
Kesko has designated the development of electronic customer
communication as one of its strategic projects. The online retail
services for customers produced by Kesko's divisions are part of this
project. Itella's e-commerce service package is unique as it covers
services for both information and material flows
The biggest of Kesko's currently available e-commerce sites is the
online department store NetAnttila (www.netanttila.com) with some
450,000 visitors every month in Finland. NetAnttila also operates in
Estonia (www.anttila.ee) and Latvia (www.anttila.lv). Kesko's other
online stores include Kodin YkkÃ¶nen (www.kodin1.com), concentrating
on home goods and interior decoration, the online music store,
CM-store (www.cm-store.fi), and K-maatalous (www.k-maatalous.fi)
engaging in agricultural online trade.
Niina RyynÃ¤nen, Vice President, Kesko Food Ltd, tel. +358 1053 37100
Petteri Piipponen, Project Director, K-plus Oy, tel. +358 1053 37120
Mikko Marsio, Director, E-commerce Services, Itella Corporation, tel.
+358 4082 10404
Sakari Kaukinen, Account Director, Itella Corporation, tel. +358 4075
Kesko (www.kesko.fi) is a retail specialist whose stores offer
quality to the daily lives of consumers. Kesko has about 2,000 stores
engaged in chain operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries,
Russia, and Belarus.
Itella Group provides solutions for managing information and material
flows. Itella operates in mail communication, information logistics
and logistics. The Group, with operations in the Nordic countries,
the Baltic states, Germany, Poland and Russia, employs some 30,000
staff. Itella Group reported a turnover of Â¤1,688 million in 2007.
Corporate services are delivered under the Itella brand, while the
Posti brand is used for services targeted at consumers in Finland.
More information on the Group is available at www.itella.com/group.