The avec convenience stores add to the offering at highly frequented locations such as train and service stations. With its extensive range, the convenience format offers fresh products for immediate consumption, from early until late or also round-the-clock in some places, 365 days a year. The offering is adjusted to customers’ needs depending on the time of day. Valora operates avec express at locations with smaller sales areas.
The autonomous, cashier-free avec box stores and a number of avec 24/7 stores provide added convenience. The 24/7 stores are staffed during the day and operate autonomously at night and on Sundays. They enable the customer to enjoy a comfortable shopping experience at their own pace – including outside regular business hours. Valora also intends to operate the autonomous store initiative in smaller formats, such as the smart fridge avec mini.
Orders can even be delivered to the home within 15 minutes in Basel through the online store www.avecnow.ch.
The avec story goes back to the joint-venture of Migros, SBB and Valora in 2000. In 2005, Valora acquired some of the stores. The brand and shopping concept were fully revised in 2018. Following conversions of k kiosk sales outlets at SBB locations, the cooperation with service station operator Oel-Pool / Moveri and the expansion to further new sites, avec will become the format with the largest network of convenience outlets in Switzerland by the end of 2023 with around 370* stores.
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own outlets, agencies, franchise stores
* The takeover of 71 service station shops from Oel-Pool still requires the approval of the Swiss Competition Commission WEKO.