METRO GROUP is one of the leading international trade and retail companies. In 2009, it generated sales of about €66 billion. The company does business at more than 2,100 locations in 33 countries and employs about 290,000 people.
To create a foundation for profitable growth in the long term at METRO GROUP, the efficiency- and value- enhancing programme Shape 2012 was launched on 20 January 2009. The guiding principle of Shape 2012 is: As decentrally as possible, as centrally as necessary. The changes initiated as part of the programme are primarily designed to streamline the company’s organisational structure, to transfer responsibility for the operational business completely to the sales divisions, and to strengthen the areas of finance, controlling and compliance in the holding company. Shape 2012 enables METRO GROUP to respond more quickly and flexibly to the needs of its customers.
METRO AG based in Düsseldorf remains at the head of the company. As a strategic management holding company, it oversees such areas as finance, controlling and compliance for the entire Group. The operational business of METRO GROUP is managed by the sales divisions Metro Cash & Carry, Real, Media Markt and Saturn, as well as Galeria Kaufhof, which maintain leading positions in their individual segments. The company's real-estate business is overseen and administered by METRO Group Asset Management.
The sales divisions have undivided responsibility for their entire process chain – from procurement to sales. Cross-divisional service companies support the segments in such areas as logistics, advertising purchasing and information technology. An overview of METRO GROUP and its segments cbi:///cms/64604
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