Conad, the first national giant of large-scale distribution and cooperative roots, enters Confcommercio. On a national level, the first time that a big of large-scale distribution joins the association and its entry will lead to the presence of cooperative delegates and entrepreneur members in provincial organizations. Conad CEO Francesco Pugliese will become the vice president of Confcommercio with a significant delegation: that of taxation and corporate finance. The agreement was reached as part of a framework agreement between ANCD (National Association of Retail Cooperatives, a political-trade union structure belonging to Legacoop to which the territorial cooperatives and the Conad National Consortium are associated) and Confcommercio.
Pugliese: Today more cohesive
Our entry – declared Pugliese – marks the continuation of a process of progressive simplification of the representation system in our sector. Today, finally, operators and associations are more cohesive because the interests are more similar than in the past. Conad is currently the first Italian chain of large-scale distribution: a growing reality with more than 3,300 points of sale, over 65,000 employees and almost 2,400 business associates associated in a cooperative: in 2020 it had a turnover of almost 16 billion. Last year it completed the acquisition of the Auchan stores in Italy with a complex operation to save the many jobs left on the ground by the French: thousands of redundancies now down to just over 200 should be zero by the end of the year. year.
Sangalli: An important signal
The passage – explains the president of Confcommercio Carlo Sangalli – an important signal for several reasons. The first is that, in a moment as complex as the one we are experiencing, it is crucial to stay together and share common strategic choices. The second that strengthens the perimeter of our representation under the banner of distributive pluralism. The third concerns an increased ability to interpret association and trade union policies at all levels with the direct contribution of a leader in large-scale distribution in our country.