Coop (Switzerland)

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Coop Switzerland
Industry Wholesale distribution
Predecessor USC (founded in 1890)
Founded 1969; 46 years ago (1969)
Headquarters Basel, Switzerland
Revenue 26.97 billion CHF (2013)[1]
Number of employees
74 955 (2013)[1]
Coop city at Bellevue square in Zürich
Coop in a shopping center in Oberwil

Coop Cooperative (German pronunciation: [ˈkoːp]) is one of Switzerland's largest retail and wholesale companies. It is structured in the form of a cooperative society with around 2.5 million members.

As of 2007, Coop operates 1437 shops and employs almost 48 200 people. According to Bio Suisse, the Swiss organic producers' association, Coop accounts for half of all the organic food sold in Switzerland. In June 2011, independent German rating agency oekom research AG awarded Coop with the title of "World's Most Sustainable Retailer".[2] Coop has three primary brands with a sustainability selling proposition: Coop Oecoplan (various daily life products), Coop Naturaline (textile products) and Coop Naturaplan (food) are brands focusing on lowering environmental impacts and optimising social outcomes in the supply chain. However, the company also sells a considerable amount of products bearing the Max Havelaar Fairtrade label.

Coop also has a low-cost product line, "Prix Garantie. " Other than that, the latest product line from Coop is entitled PlanB and focuses on young clients looking for food on the go.

Coop owns the Swiss chocolate company Halba.

Coop publishes a weekly magazine called Coopzeitung (in German), Coopération (in French) and Cooperazione (in Italian).

The chain has an online presence called coop@home.[3] The web site offers much of the same selection found in the Coop stores and delivers groceries, wine, flowers, books, and other products to customers in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It currently markets its services in German, French, and English.


The Coop Group is headquartered in Switzerland and operates in the retail, wholesale and production sectors. Coop Group operates store formats in the food, non-food and service sectors. Coop offers the greatest choice of brands in Switzerland and has a broad range of environmentally friendly and socially responsible products, as well as sustainability achievements along the entire value chain. With Transgourmet Holding AG, Coop is Europe’s second largest cash & carry and wholesale supplies business. In total, the Coop Group has around 2,000 retail outlets in Switzerland and 115 cash & carry markets in Switzerland and other European countries. The Coop Group has a workforce of around 77,000, with approx. 53,000 employees in Switzerland.

Passabene (self-checkout)[edit]

Coop was one of the first Self-checkout providers in Switzerland. As a pioneer in the area of Personal Shopping Systems, Coop had already introduced its own system called “Passabene” in 2005. Passabene had been rolled out to 86 stores. Coop chose Motorola Solutions’ MC17T Retail Mobile Computer due to its proven track record in similar deployments. After using the Motorola Mobile Computer exclusive, they introduced also an Apple iPhone App where you can also scan your items. [4][5]

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