Norwegian discounter, REMA 1000, has announced plans to build a new distribution centre (DC) in Stavanger, Norway.
The new DC, which is due for completion in Q1 2018, will supply all stores in southwestern Norway with 6,000 products from ambient, fresh and frozen categories. The facility will be semi-automated, with a total capacity of 55,000 trays and 14,500 pallets.
Picking to store layouts
REMA 1000 has chosen automation specialist Witron Logistics to design, implement and maintain all systems at the semi-automated facility. Witron will use its Car Picking System (CPS) to optimise the routes and flow of cases being picked in the facility, so orders are picked in ways that suit the layouts of individual stores, helping to drive efficiency and reduce costs.
Voice and light picking technology
Manual picking at the DC is supported by voice and light picking technology, and the CPS is able to pick multiple orders simultaneously by one picker, saving time and energy. The dynamic nature of CPS means that parameters, such as sales volumes or seasonal changes, can be recorded and will determine whether an item will be picked from a storage pallet, layer trays or case trays.
To automate or not to automate?
Automation in the grocery supply chain has always been popular in continental Europe (check out these case studies featuring Migros and Eroski) but automated systems don’t tend to feature heavily in the supply chains of UK food and grocery retailers. Tesco’s dot.com facilities have become increasingly sophisticated however and the latest facilities in Crawley and Erith feature the latest automated picking technology from Dematic.