The dynamically changing market situation prompts us to seriously consider taking such measures, the Aldi chain of stores informed TVN24 Biznes on Friday afternoon in response to questions about the possible opening of stores on non-trading Sundays. Later, on the same day, the Seym passed a law sealing the trade ban. Regulations concerning, inter alia, postal points of contact are to be tightened up.
“The competition has already taken such measures, which means that for our customers we should also provide the opportunity to visit ALDI stores on Sunday” – said Dominika Juszczyk, communication and PR manager at ALDI Polska.
“At the same time, we know that such a decision – beneficial for customers, means a change in the work mode for our employees. We optimize our plans, and we will inform about any changes in a timely manner” – we read in the release sent to TVN24 Biznes.
On Friday evening, the Seym passed a law sealing the ban on Sunday trading so that shops that provide postal services will not miss it. According to the project, on Sundays, only those branches will be able to operate that demonstrate that they are actually mainly engaged in postal services, and not retail trade – revenues from postal services will have to account for over 50 percent of other revenues of a given branch.
Ban on trading on Sundays – shops are open
Many chains have already decided to open stores on non-trading Sundays.
At the end of August Lidl announcedthat from September 5 “due to the development of postal services” it will open some of its branches on Sundays subject to trade restrictions. As informed, in addition to standard purchases, customers will also be able to collect parcels there.
Before that too Kaufland (similarly to Lidl belonging to the Schwarz Group) decided to open stores on non-trading Sundays. Also in this case, the branches will be open from Sunday, September 5.
We recently reported that Carrefour Polska has signed a framework cooperation agreement with PointPackwhich offers IT solutions supporting sending and receiving parcels. “Launching courier services that give our customers the ability to send or collect parcels in Carrefour is another of the amenities that we want to offer them during their everyday shopping” – informed TVN24 Biznes Izabella Rokicka, communication director of Carrefour Polska.
Does this mean that the stores belonging to the chain will also be open on non-trading Sundays? This is not known yet. “Currently, together with our partner, associates and store teams, we will work on the preparation of the best work model and operational model, which will then be tested in three locations” – said Rokicka. However, it did not provide which locations would be on the list.
Earlier, Pointpack informed, inter alia, on signing a cooperation agreement with Żabka Polska and Poczta Polska, as well as an agreement with General Logistics System Poland and Eurocash.
Some stores are also opened by Biedronka on Sundays subject to trade restrictions. At the beginning of July, we informed about the contract concluded by Jeronimo Martins Polska with Poczta Polska. It is a test extension of cooperation, consisting in the possibility of collecting parcels directly in Biedronka stores. “For this reason, on non-trading Sundays, we can shop in some stores belonging to the chain” – it was reported.
At the end of 2020, almost half a hundred Stokrotka Express stores established cooperation with the DHL Parcel courier company. In March 2021, the Intermarche network also announced that some of its branches will be opened on Sundays and will provide postal services. Polomarket has joined the group of networks open on the last day of the week.
In November 2019, Eurocash Group announced that Abc stores can implement postal services in their facilities. Postal services are also provided in Delikatesy Centrum, Lewiatan or Euro Sklep.
On Sundays subject to the trade ban, not only smaller and larger grocery stores are opened, but also also DIY stores.
Sunday trading ban – current regulations
Currently, the act on the Sunday trading ban provides for a catalog of 32 exemptions. The prohibition does not apply, among others in pastry shops, ice cream parlors, liquid fuel stations, flower shops, newspaper shops or coffee shops. Post offices are also exempt from the trade ban. It is the latter provision that the larger retail chains that decide to open stores on non-trading Sundays.
From 2020, the trade ban will not apply only on seven Sundays a year. This year, the stores will be open on the next two Sundays before Christmas. Therefore, we will wait until December 12 for the next trading Sunday. The next one is on Sunday, December 19.
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