Spanish retailer, Mercadona, is to roll out an automated order picking system at its new warehouse in Gaudix, Spain, according to press reports.
Handling fresh produce
Mercadona has decided to install automation its Guadix warehouse which will be in operation at the end of 2013. The system will handle order picking for fresh produce and will be responsible for storing and retrieving of plastic crates, totes and trays. The retailer expects to benefit from increased speed and efficiency as well as higher customer satisfaction.
Mercadona has given automation provider, Cimcorp, responsibility for the design and implementation of the system. It will feature an ‘order-processing-island’ concept. This island is designed to be self sufficient and can receipt in, store, pick and load goods onto transport units ready for store delivery. The entire material flow will be controlled by the provider’s warehouse management software.
This latest investment is not the first time Mercadona has opted for an automated solution for its’ warehouse operations. Read IGD’s case study which looks at Mercadona’s strategy, the automation used and the journey products take through its operation at Ciempozuelos, near Madrid.
Swiss retailer, Migros, was also able to increase its store service level through automating its case picking. Read this case study to find out the benefits Migros was able to realise through its automated system.