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WITRON To Develop New Dry-Goods Distribution Centre For Dutch Food Retailer

Published on Oct 18 2018 12:49 PM in Supply Chain tagged: Jumbo / Netherlands / WITRON

WITRON To Develop New Dry-Goods Distribution Centre For Dutch Food Retailer

The next flagship project in the Benelux region for WITRON Logistik + Informatik GmbH is the design and realisation of the new national logistics centre for Jumbo Supermarkten B.V., the second-largest food retailer in the Netherlands.

The distribution centre will be located in Nieuwegein, near Utrecht. During the course of an international design competition, WITRON convinced with its leading-edge, cost-efficient and flexible overall concept.

In its first phase, the facility, which is 45,000 square metres in size, will supply all Jumbo stores with 12,000 different dry goods. At this stage, the distribution centre is designed for peak pick performance, of two million cases per week.

To achieve this goal, Jumbo relies on WITRON’s Order Picking Machinery (OPM) solution, with a total of 20 Case Order Machines (COMs) – expandable to 32 COMs – providing a fully automated case-picking operation onto roll containers.

In addition, WITRON will be installing its semi-automated Dynamic Picking System (DPS), which is used to pick small-volume items dynamically into totes at 30 multifunctional picking workstations. Both systems are successfully implemented in food and general merchandise retail projects across the globe.

Replenishment and pick front profiling are carried out automatically, by means of stacker cranes. A high-bay warehouse with 22,000 pallet locations is located in front of the picking areas and is used for the Car Picking System (CPS), which is used to pick bulky goods from flow channels in a route-optimised manner. Replenishment has also been automated for this product range.

Preparing For Dispatch

Once all customer orders are picked and consolidated in the various sub-systems, they are manually prepared for dispatch in the shipping area.

Innovative conveyor system elements and high-speed stacker cranes developed and manufactured by WITRON’s subsidiary FAS ensure an optimally linked and highly dynamic material flow.

The National Logistics Centre will be controlled by WITRON’s logistics software, which is integrated into Jumbo’s entire IT eco-system through WITRON’s software portal 4.0.

Design And Realisation

As a general contractor, WITRON is responsible for the entire design and realisation of all IT, control engineering, and mechanical components. The order scope also includes operational system support, as well as servicing and maintenance of the system.

The WITRON OnSite team will be located directly at the Jumbo site and will ensure continuous high availability of all components and logistics areas.

Dutch food retailer Jumbo Supermarkten B.V., headquartered in Veghel, generated a revenue of €7.01 billion in 2017. The company employs some 70,000 staff members and distributes its products via the store brand Jumbo, as well as through its extensive online portal.

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