The best partner supporting innovative and responsible solutions
1st place in the suppliers’ NFS survey
Our progress in 2022
We seek innovative solutions that accelerate the development of the convenience ecosystem. We work with our suppliers on product innovations, which are exclusive to Żabka stores. We attract new partners through our Venture Studio and its following programmes:
The Startup Impact Programme: delivered in partnership with the Koźmiński Business Hub, this aims to support young companies which have a positive environmental impact and deliver against selected UN SDGs. Winners work with experts, enabling them to accelerate progress and test their solutions in Poland’s fastest-growing convenience chain.
Foodtech Lab: aiming to identify new protein, recycling and repackaging opportunities, this enables start-ups to pilot their solutions within our ecosystem. Following launch, we rapidly received close to 150 applications from 20+ countries.
Żabka Future Lab: enabling us to find solutions that deliver a better shopping experience. In total, we contacted 1,335 start-ups from 69 countries, with the majority from Poland (25% of the total), Germany and Israel.
We’ve also partnered in the programmes of external experts, including the MIT Enterprise Forum CEE and the Huge Thing. We’ve encouraged hundreds of start-ups across the world to increase their activities in our region. We’ve tested various digital-twin, carbon-farming and digital-signature solutions.
2.2 Partnerships for positive change
Sustainable development requires efficient cooperation, sharing experiences, inspiration and joint actions.
“We believe that the key to success is sustainable and collaborative action. Our business partners play a key role in fulfilling our mission, so we actively want to engage them in building a partnership based on shared values, principles and trust. We believe that this is the only way our business can bring real change and enable responsible business and value creation for our customers. To strengthen our collaboration we introduced fair business platform – an online space, where we support and communicate on various shared projects. We regularly gather feedback as part of the dialogue. We obtained first place in the nationwide satisfaction study (NFS), ahead of the 20 retail chains participating. Moreover, we received the Grand Prize ‘Retailer of the Year 2022 – Chosen by Suppliers’in the category Small Format/Convenience Chain and special award Sustainable Retailer of the Year.”
2.2 Partnerships for positive change
Foodtech lab acceleration
The Żabka Group is always seeking solutions whose implementation will accelerate the development of the convenience ecosystem. We do this through our Venture Studio, whose task is to search for and attract to the organisation modern solutions that give a new perspective to the whole Group. 150 startups from 20 countries have taken part in the Foodtech Lab Acceleration Programme launched in 2022, in which we seek solutions that approach nutrition and its impact on the planet in an innovative way. Projects were selected according to current business needs, considering the most important trends that stimulate the development of the retail industry – not only in Poland but also across the world. For the best startups the Group offers collaboration, consumer tests, commercial pilots, and even financial support for further development. In addition, startups can receive access to a sensory laboratory, expert support and personal opportunities to navigate key relationships in this industry. During the final, held in January 2023, 11 companies presented their products, from which we selected five winners.