Carrefour SA

PARIS — Carrefour and Tesco have announced a long-term, joint purchasing alliance as their rush to bolster defenses against the dominance of online behemoths Amazon and Alibaba takes an increasingly global turn.

Partnerships have formed the backbone of a broad overhaul at Carrefour, the world’s second-largest retailer after Walmart Inc. Under the direction of chief executive officer Alexandre Bompard, the France-based retailer has embarked on a wide-ranging spree of partnerships to shore up its businesses, ranging from Tencent in China to the postal service in France.

“This strategic alliance between Carrefour and Tesco is a major agreement as it combines the purchasing expertise of two world leaders, complementary in their geographies, with common strategies,” Bompard noted.

The partnership covers the retailers’ relationship with global suppliers for joint purchasing of own brand products and goods not for resale, and will take the form of three-year operational frameworks. The retailers will continue to work with suppliers separately on a local and national level.

The alliance is expected to be finalized in the next two months, they said.

Carrefour last month said it linked up with Google to tackle the French grocery market, agreeing to develop new distribution models with the Internet giant, marking a key development in the retail industry’s conversion to online commerce. Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods last year set retailers scrambling to find ways to secure their relevance in the future.

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