The Carrefour group turns against its suppliers. The DGCCRF pinned the distributor on February 10, as did System U and Intermarché, for failing to complete the annual negotiations with their suppliers last year on time. The Bercy administration responsible for combating consumer fraud imposed a financial penalty of more than 4 million euros, including 2.9 million euros for Carrefour.
According to information from LSA confirmed at Figaro, the distributor disputes this fine in a letter addressed to the DGCCRF, and will bring an action against five suppliers. “Your services have created a fixed date consent requirement attributable to only one of the parties to the agreement, points this letter. Carrefour will therefore challenge the fines applied before the administrative judge. “
The penalty imposed “requires»Also Carrefour “To have to examine the means of appeal against those of the suppliers who have a responsibility in the absence of signature before 1st March 2019 of the written agreement ». The distributor finally specifies that he will cease his commercial relations with some of the suppliers with whom the annual negotiations have not been concluded this year by the deadline, the 1st March.
It is unimaginable that multinationals will not be subject to any constraint
Thierry Cotillard, president of Intermarché
Neither Intermarché nor System U have yet taken steps similar to that of Carrefour. On the other hand, they strongly protested the sanction imposed on them, and pointed out the unequal treatment with the industrialists. The president of Intermarché was indignant, in a column published in The Obs, that the suppliers have not been sanctioned, stressing that it takes two to conclude an agreement. “It is unimaginable that multinationals will not be subject to any constraint“Says Thierry Cotillard.
For ongoing business negotiations, the deadline for which is 1st March, Bercy indicates that manufacturers will be controlled by the DGCCRF in the same way as distributors, some not playing the game.