Cologne. The companies of the REWE Group (REWE, PENNY, toom Baumarkt, DER Touristik Group) will be offering free COVID-19 self-tests to their 250,000 employees in Germany as soon as possible. Lionel Souque, CEO of REWE Group, explains: “We welcome the agreement reached today between the Federal Government and the leading business associations. That is why we are making free, voluntary self-tests available to our more than 250,000 employees at the REWE Group as quickly as possible. We are offering the tests in support of the testing strategies at the state and federal levels.”
The cooperatively organised REWE Group is one of the leading trade and tourism groups in Germany and Europe. In 2019, the company generated a total external turnover of around 63 billion euros. Founded in 1927, the REWE Group has more than 360,000 employees and operates in 23 European countries.
Sales lines include REWE, REWE CENTER, BILLA and ADEG supermarkets and consumer stores, the discounter PENNY, BIPA health and beauty store and the toom Baumarkt DIY stores. In addition, the Group incorporates the REWE To Go convenience stores and e-commerce activities such as the REWE delivery service and Zooroyal. The Lekkerland Group is the REWE Group business unit that is responsible for wholesales to convenience stores. Travel and tourism under the umbrella of DER Touristik Group includes the tour operators ITS, Jahn Reisen, Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen, ADAC Reisen, Kuoni, Helvetic Tours, Apollo and Exim Tours, and more than 2,400 travel agencies (including DER Reisebüro, DERPART and partners), the hotel chains ITI Hotels, Club Calimera, COOEE, PrimaSol and Playitas Resort, and the direct tour operator, clevertours.com.