• Fahmy: “This partnership confirms Henkel’s vision and commitment towards reinforcing and integrating digitalization in its business, which is aligned with the objectives of Egypt’s vision 2030.”
• Fahmy: “Partnering with Cartona confirms Henkel Egypt’s ongoing efforts to adapt to the changing dynamics of the market as well as accelerate the implementation of digital transformation by collaborating with new partners”.
• Talaat: “We seek to better meet the expectations and needs of the trading parties by being Henkel Egypt’s digital partner through building a strong network of retailers digitally connected to major manufacturers.”
Delivering on its leading strategy to bolster e-commerce and digital transformation, Henkel Egypt announced the signing of a cooperation agreement with “Cartona” to be the first leading detergent company on the app. Through this cooperation, the detergent giant will achieve an improved facilitated product reach to retailers and wholesalers.
On the other hand, the cooperation confirms Henkel Egypt’s outstanding agility in keeping pace with megatrends that are reshaping the dynamics of the markets as well as the consumer purchasing behaviors, especially after the pandemic. Moreover, it reflects Henkel’s commitment to digital transformation and supporting cashless transactions.
Ahmed Fahmy, VP Africa & Marketing MEA & President Henkel Egypt, stated, “Henkel holds leading positions with innovations, brands and technology regionally and globally; This partnership confirms Henkel’s vision and commitment towards reinforcing and integrating digitalization in its business, which is aligned with the objectives of Egypt’s vision 2030.”
Henkel is very committed to digitalization and is proud to be the first detergent company to collaborate with “Cartona” by providing its products online through the application. This enables the company to facilitate the reach of products to retailers and wholesalers in an open, participative digital infrastructure, which is of course faster and more efficient. The application will also enable Henkel to better observe and accurately monitor the market situation and purchasing behaviors of consumers. Wholesale and retail trade is one of the leading sectors of the Egyptian economy which has witnessed huge growth and developments in recent years as demand grew increasing the profitability of the sector. Moreover, Retail and wholesale trade account for 85% of the detergent sector in Egypt, which is positively reflected in Henkel’s efforts in this field to improve performance and develop strategic plans to convert traditional transactions into digital ones.
Henkel aims to transform Digital into a customer and consumer value creator. We want to boost 1:1 engagement and digital sales in the consumer businesses by expanding existing and establishing new digital platforms for direct consumer relationships.
“In terms of business growth, partnering with Cartona indicates Henkel Egypt’s constant efforts to acclimate to the changing needs of the market as well as accelerate the implementation of digital transformation by collaborating with new partners. Believing in the importance of digitalizing all its transactions with consumers, partners and suppliers, Henkel Egypt provides multiple training and development programs to its employees in various fields of digitization.” Fahmy added.
“Our partnership with Cartona confirms Henkel’s long-standing commitment to adapt to the changing needs and trends of the market and to expedite digital transformation by collaborating with new partners and players in this field. Internally, Henkel is providing a comprehensive set of training programs to our employees covering all aspects of digitalization, which reflects Henkel’s commitment towards digital transformation in dealing with our customers, consumers, partners and suppliers”, Fahmy added.
And in this context, Mahmoud Talaat, CEO and Co-Founder of Cartona, said, “We are proud to partner with Henkel Egypt, the leading company in the field of detergents. We seek to better meet the expectations and needs of the trading parties by being Henkel Egypt’s digital partner through building a strong network of retailers digitally connected to major manufacturers.” “Additionally, Cartona app will enable Henkel Egypt to access and utilize precise data and analysis to set and develop business growth plans more efficiently.” Talaat added.
It is worth mentioning that Henkel Egypt is a leading FMCG company thanks to its remarkable trademarks, commitment to innovation and advanced technological solutions. Likewise, the company is always keen on utilizing the latest advanced technology to provide products that offer the highest quality standards and health requirements for the Egyptian consumer. Moreover, the success of Henkel Egypt’s rapid process of digitalization is attributed to the extraordinary capabilities and agility of its employees and their fast adaptation to ‘test and learn’ framework.
About Henkel Egypt:
Henkel began its business operations in Egypt in 1992 and it is continuing to develop its business on a sustainable basis. Henkel Egypt is proud to have established a fruitful relationship with Egyptian consumers and the Egyptian government through its pioneering brands and the trust in both the Egyptian economy and Egyptian talents. Currently, Henkel Egypt employs more than 700 employees. In addition to more than three thousand indirect jobs. Henkel offers excellent development and career opportunities in an international environment. Henkel prides itself as a leader in technology and is committed to technology transfer to the country and development of the Egyptian labor/youth through training and on-the-job development. Henkel is committed to operating sustainably in Egypt and is a responsible corporate citizen; it invests in the community and the environment it operates in as part of its global sustainability strategy and targets.
Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global leader in the adhesives market – across all industry segments worldwide. In its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses, Henkel holds leading positions in many markets and categories around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 145 years of success. Henkel employs around 53,000 people globally – a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value, and shared values. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international indices and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX.
Cartona is an Egyptian startup, founded in August 2020, as a digital platform to connect retailers with manufacturers and B2B wholesalers, helping to support the digital transformation of the traditional trade market in Egypt.
Through the technological system provided by “Cartona”, retailers can order the needs of their stores from wholesalers and manufacturers through the platform at any time and in any quantity. Since its launch in 2020, “Cartona” has attracted more than 45,000 users in Cairo, Alexandria and Mansoura alone, and has executed more than 500,000 orders with a total value of merchandise amounting to one billion pounds.
Cartona works with 200 FMCG companies and 1,000 distributors and wholesalers, and offers its retail customers more than 10,000 products listed on its online platform, including dry, fresh and frozen foods.