Consumer goods manufacturers and retailers work together closely. Standards are essential for seamless business processes. For example, a retailer can only receive a pallet without problems if the manufacturer has given it a standard label.
For new technology in particular, it is important that retailers, manufacturers and service providers agree upfront on binding specifications to enable rapid introduction of innovations. Committees offer an ideal forum for intensive discussion and enable international standards to be established. Collective action by companies, such as joining associations, also facilitates cooperation with the scientific and political spheres.
METRO GROUP is involved in the following committees and associations for standards and new technology: