EDEKA Nord Expands Logistics Centre With WITRON

By Dayeeta Das
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EDEKA Nord Expands Logistics Centre With WITRON

EDEKA Handelsgesellschaft Nord GmbH is underlining its positive business development by expanding its state-of-the-art logistics centre in Zarrentin in Germany by installing two additional Case Order Machines (COM) during ongoing operations.

The general contractor from Parkstein in Upper Palatinate in Germany, who designed the distribution centre, was also awarded a new expansion contract thanks to its proven technology.

The modular expandability has been one of the most important aspects of the joint design of WITRON and EDEKA Nord when the project originally started.

Conceptual Foresight

The system now benefits from this conceptual foresight. With two additional COMs, four additional stacker cranes, 45,000 storage locations in the automated tray warehouse, and an additional fully automated stretch-wrapper, the pick volume of the system can be significantly increased.

Once the expansion is completed by the end of quarter three in 2019, EDEKA Nord will have a total of 16 Case Order Machines in operation resulting in a fully automated system for case picking onto pallets and roll containers.


In addition to the OPM, picking is also carried out with WITRON’s mechanized systems - DPS or Dynamic Picking System, and DPP or Display Pallet Picking System.

A fully automated shipping buffer optimises the dispatch process. The storage and supply of the logistics areas with empty pallets/roll containers will be controlled via an automated empties buffer.

EDEKA Nord supplies to more than 280 markets with around 17,000 dry goods from the logistics centre in Zarrentin.

About EDEKA Nord

EDEKA Nord is headquartered in Neumuenster in Germany and is one of the seven cooperative wholesalers of the Group.


With around 700 stores and a combined store footprint of approx. 785,000 square meters, it occupies a leading position in northern Germany’s food retail sector.

The sales area covers Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-West-Pomerania, as well as parts of Lower Saxony, and Brandenburg.

A group revenue of €3.0 billion in 2017 further strengthened its role as a leading local supplier.

The three logistics centres in Neumuenster, Malchow, and Zarrentin are responsible for supplying to all retail stores.


EDEKA Nord guarantees 'freshness for the North' with its own production facilities for meat and sausage products, as well as bakery products.

The independent EDEKA merchants set their marks by offering a mixed range of brands, own brands, and regional products tailored to meet the needs of local customers.

EDEKA Nord is one of the largest employers in the north with some 5,600 staff members. It also trains more than 1,400 young people in wholesale, retail, and production operations.

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