Versatile services at store sites
The customers of K Group stores are served also in online stores. We take e-commerce requirements into account at the construction phase of new store sites. In the click and collect operating model, a separate in-store storage and packing area is reserved for products ordered online. Specific parking spaces in the food store yard are dedicated to collection customers and the shopping is paid in connection with collection at the car.
In 2016, there were 396 Rinki eco take-back points in connection with K-food stores intended for consumer packaging recycling and 160 of them also accepted plastics. Several eco points also accepted wastepaper and discarded clothes. All K-food stores accepted deposit beverage containers.
Key local services available at K-food stores included over 325 Posti service points, over 560 Matkahuolto parcel pick-up points, over 25 DHL service points, over 140 Posti automatic parcel pick-up points and over 1,000 K-food stores provided a cash withdrawal service. We offer an extensive network of electric car charging points free of charge. The ‘Liiteri’ trial tested K-Rauta’s tool rental service.
Energy efficient construction and property maintenance
When a new store site or shopping centre is being planned and built, the starting point is sustainable development and energy efficiency. In maintenance and repairs, the starting point is also lowering lifecycle costs.
Store site projects involve major capital expenditure, the implementation of which requires skilled people, a high-quality network of cooperation and common rules. Kesko has long experience and plenty of competence in the implementation of demanding store site projects.
In order to indicate the high level of requirements, an international environmental classification, BREEAM or LEED, to be carried out by an external assessor is applied to the most significant store site projects.
The following store sites have or will have the BREEAM environmental rating:
- Kesko’s new shopping centre being built in Itäkeskus, Helsinki
- K-kampus, Kesko’s main office building planned to be built in Kalasatama, Helsinki
- The new shopping centres, each to include a K-Supermarket, being built in Suurpelto, Espoo and Laajasalo, Helsinki
It is important to keep an eye on the development in the building and energy sector and anticipate changes. Technology is advancing all the time. The rapid development requires expertise to identify when it is the right time to reject the existing technology and move on.
Kesko participates in the 2017–2025 action plan of the commerce sector's Energy Efficiency Agreement. In accordance with the agreement, we are committed to reducing our energy consumption by 7.5% through various saving measures. All K Group store chains are included in the agreement.
The measures include:
- Solutions that decrease the consumption of materials and energy during the lifecycle of the property
- The lowest lifecycle costs in the trading sector
- Optimum conditions for customers, employees and products
Retail stores achieve significant energy savings with these energy efficient solutions:
- Remote monitoring and building automation
- Lids and doors on refrigeration equipment
- Recovery of condensation heat
- Refrigeration equipment that uses carbon dioxide
- Adjustable and directional lighting
- LED lights in neon signs
- Increased use of LED lighting also inside the store
- Solar power plants on store rooftops
Kesko's around 40 Real Estate Managers help K-stores find ways in which to make their energy consumption more efficient and prepare a 5–6-year renovation programmes.