EDEKA Minden-Hannover is automating its fresh produce logistics with an intralogistics solution from Cimcorp at its Freienbrink and Lauenau logistics centres.
Along with other EDEKA regions and the Netto Marken-Discount chain, EDEKA Minden-Hannover is one of the first German grocery retailers to use this solution.
Cimcorp, a specialist in automation for over 40 years, has already provided similar solutions to the fruit and vegetables sector in other European countries.
Director of solution development at Cimcorp, Jarno Honkanen, said "We've provided reliable solutions for rapid order fulfilment for many years, thereby optimising the shelf life of perishable products.
"The advantage for customers is that they receive their fresh products faster and that they stay fresh longer in the household. We look forward to working with EDEKA on this project."
Arnd Wilde, logistics manager at EDEKA Minden-Hannover, added, "Our daily challenge is to bring fresh fruit and vegetables from the producer to our markets promptly. In Cimcorp, we have found a partner who can provide us with a solution for fully automated order picking of ergonomically packed fruit and vegetable pallets that meet the requirements of our markets – quickly, reliably and cost-effectively."
Speed and accuracy in picking crucial for product quality as customers value quality and freshness when buying groceries.
EDEKA Minden-Hannover is constantly working to optimise its logistics processes and continue its sustainability strategy to reduce CO2 emissions.
As the largest grocery retailer in its sales area, it continuously invests in the modernisation of its logistics to overcome these challenges.
Around 1,200 fruit and vegetables are freshly picked and delivered daily to the four logistics centres in Lauenau, Freienbrink, Wiefelstede and Landsberg for the 1,488 supermarkets in the region.
The retailer plans to modernise the logistics centres in Lauenau and Freienbrink with minimal disruption to daily operations and without risking food safety.
These two logistics centres will supply fresh fruit and vegetables to more than 1,000 stores every day.
In Lauenau, Cimcorp will instal the automation system in the existing logistics centre, which has been fully operational since 2014.
A total of three fresh food modules will be installed in Freienbrink, as it handles a higher volume of goods.