Together with KNAPP, REWE is implementing a pioneering e-commerce solution aimed at central online order fulfilment, setting new standards in online food retail.
The core of the automated food fulfilment centre (FFC) in Cologne is KNAPP's E-Grocer solution.
The concept, specially developed for e-grocery, ensures quick supply for customers.
REWE's range of goods comprises over 20,000 grocery products, including food and beverage items.
The high degree of automation in the centre allows, contrary to popular belief, gentle product handling, and the cold chain is maintained across all areas.
Andreas Palmen, general manager of the first automated FFC in Germany at REWE, said, "KNAPP has extensive experience in shuttle technology and, what's more, they were prepared to think about, develop and implement many innovations with us."
An optimal combination of manual and automatic processes leads to efficient order processing, reduces costs and throughput times.
Customers can choose to have their orders delivered to their door, with same- or next-day delivery, or pick them up at a pickup station.
The new logistics centre has been designed with future growth in mind.
Highlights of the solution include:
- OSR Shuttle™ for storing and picking fresh and shelf-stable goods.
- OSR Shuttle™ for sequencing, consolidation and shipping.
- Pick-it-Easy work stations for ergonomic and efficient grocery picking.
- Dolly loader for fully automatic stacking of order containers according to ideal delivery routes.
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