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Mercadona’s Guadix Warehouse Reaches 100% Performance Thanks To WITRON Technology

The ramp-up of the new automated frozen food warehouse of the Spanish food retailer Mercadona in Guadix (Granada, Spain), was carried out on time by WITRON.

This is especially impressive, as the construction and implementation of the project had to be executed in the midst of the most difficult phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, which presented organisational and logistical challenges. Nevertheless, the productive ramp-up of the frozen food warehouse was successfully completed after only eight weeks and within the contractually-agreed time frame.

Thanks to the efficient cooperation between the project teams of both companies, it was possible to carry out extensive operational and load tests before production started.

As a result, the intended system performance was achieved just four weeks after the first store was supplied – and this in the middle of the summer season, with constantly-growing throughput volumes in the system, which is designed for almost 50,000 cases per day.

The distribution centre in Guadix is the sixth fully-automated frozen food warehouse that WITRON has designed and implemented for Mercadona.

Other sites are located in Madrid, Valencia, León, Barcelona, and Abrera. Seven COM machines are implemented over an area of approximately 18,000 square meters. Furthermore, an automated high-bay warehouse with 7,000 pallet locations, as well as a tray AS/RS with 62,000 locations, are located in front of the COMs.

In addition, pallets from a bread factory in an adjacent building can be stored directly in the automatic pallet warehouse via conveyor network.

The new system currently supplies more than 170 Mercadona stores in Andalusia. In total, almost 950 Mercadona stores currently receive their frozen goods through fully automated WITRON solutions; more than 60% of the total stores of the Spanish retailer.

Since the first automated Mercadona logistics centre in Madrid was put into productive use more than 15 years ago, the OPM technology has significantly improved workstation ergonomics in its distribution centres – as well as efficiency and cost effectiveness in all logistics processes.

WITRON's OPM technology is considered the most successful fully-automated case order picking system worldwide in food retail logistics.

For more information, visit www.witron.com

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