Business model

METRO is a leading international specialist company in the wholesale and modern food retail sector. The group is headed by METRO AG, which acts as the central management holding company. It performs group management functions, particularly in the areas of finance, controlling, legal and compliance. Central management and administrative functions for METRO Wholesale are anchored within METRO AG.

The group essentially consists of the 2 sales lines METRO Wholesale and Real. The wholesale company METRO Wholesale operates more than 769 wholesale stores across 25 countries. The delivery business (Food Service Distribution, FSD) is also part of this sales line, with companies like METRO Delivery Service and the delivery specialists Classic Fine Foods, Pro à Pro and Rungis Express. The retail company Real constitutes the second sales line of the group with 279 hypermarkets across Germany. Real forms the principal element of the discontinued business segment in the context of the decision of the Management Board of METRO AG to dispose of the department store business.

The group has pooled its digitalisation initiatives in the Others segment. This primarily refers to the activities of the Hospitality Digital (formerly HoReCa Digital) business unit, which was established in 2015. The unit develops digital solutions for customers in the hospitality industry and creates interfaces for the digital products conventionally used by wholesale traders.

The Others segment further includes the service companies METRO PROPERTIES, METRO LOGISTICS, METRO-NOM (formerly METRO SYSTEMS), METRO ADVERTISING and METRO SOURCING. These companies provide real estate, logistics, IT, advertising and procurement services within the group.

Overview of METRO

METRO overview (organigram)

1 Primarily includes discontinued operations.
2 Includes both continuing and discontinued operations.