The new National Distribution Center (CEDI) is part of the investment agreements signed in 2018 with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment.
The National Distribution Center (CEDI) of Almacenes Tía is part of the investment commitment signed in 2018 with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment for $ 127 million.
With the signing of this agreement, the private company committed until 2028 to generate 300 jobs annually and build 100 new premises.
The construction of CEDI lasted 18 months and cost $ 47 million. The work is located at km 49.5 of the Guayaquil-Portoviejo highway, in the canton of Lomas de Sargentillo.
At the opening event were present the President of the Republic, Lenin Moreno, and the second president, Otto Sonnenholzner.
Moreno reiterated his support for the private sector and assured that Ecuador trusts entrepreneurs: “in all those who wish to come to invest, to produce and to generate employment, production and work”.
“There is no other way to generate wealth,” said the President, adding that “the state has proven to be a terrible administrator of companies and that (these) should be in the hands of private entrepreneurs, generating wealth and production.”
On his side, Francisco de Narváez, chairman of the Almacenes Aía directory, said that from this center they will reach 200 branches throughout the country and then 300. “The most important thing is that work is generated here and more than 3,000 people are going to join (the team) of 8,500 that already make up our huge family. “
Technology and innovation
This company has been highlighted in recent months by the incorporation of technology and artificial intelligence in its processes. Through software called RWMS Oracle, the planning and development of tasks in the offices, spaces for pallets, warehousing, among other logistics areas are controlled.
De Narváez explained that thanks to their technology they know instantly what products are consumed in each location and that allows them to react to avoid shortages.
3’500,000 customers are affiliated to the supermarket through a card. “We know the user’s consumption habits”, concluded De Narváez.
The supermarket has also ventured into electronic commerce with its virtual store available throughout the country. This service has been extended even to the migrant community, who make their purchases online abroad and their relatives in Ecuador withdraw them.
Recruitment policies are another characteristic of the company. Having previous work experience is not a requirement to start a professional career. Young people who finish high school can get their first job and have the opportunity to advance. For example, Kendy Rivas, from Daule, started working at the supermarket 13 years ago.
He started as a worker with cleaning tasks; then he went to order the hangers and collect cash. Later it ascended to inspector and administrator of merchandises. Currently, he is the head of implementation in the sales area. “I feel an important person in the company, now I share my knowledge with the new generations,” he said.