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Inditex CEO highlights green stores, integrated online model in Beijing visit

Inditex Chairman and CEO Pablo Isla highlighted the importance of the group’s eco-efficient store models in China, which it said delivers energy and and emission savings of over 30 percent compared to conventional stores.

The Spanish fashion retailer has about 40 stores across several of its brands in Beijing.

In a meeting with Beijing Mayor Wang An Shun, Isla said Inditex’s green stores are fitted with the latest lighting, climate control and water consumption systems and all the building materials used are certified and fully recyclable.

The group’s stores are located in the city’s leading shopping centres and on some of the busiest shopping thoroughfares, such as Quianmen street (in the Chongwen district) and Wang Fujing avenue (in the Dongcheng district).

These include brand stores of Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho and Zara Home.

Isla also met Zhong Shan, China International Trade Representative at the Ministerial Level and shared plans to roll out its integrated online and store model throughout China.

The group’s store footprint has now reached 500 in Greater China with a presence in over 60 cities. Online sales in China continue to grow and are supported through Inditex’s alliance with Alibaba group’s online sales platform Tmall.

Inditex entered Greater China in 2004, when it opened a Zara store in Hong Kong, followed by other Zara stores in Shanghai (2006) and Beijing (2007).

Today the Group has stores in more than 60 Chinese cities; by the end of the third quarter there were 469 of the group’s stores in this market, of which 157 were Zara stores.