The ANWR Group, which is becoming more and more digitalized, conducted a test with RFID chips at two affiliated retail companies up to the end of last year. At a recent conference on the future of retailing at its campus in Mainhausen, ANWR said it is also working on the virtual exchange of inventories among different stores of the same chain and among different retailers as well as the establishment of regional marketplaces for its retail members. Günter Althaus, president of the cooperative, told an audience of about 800 people that ANWR sees itself in an ideal position to collect and process data from retailers that can be shared with its members in their collective interest.

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