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DHL Supply Chain is to provide logistics and warehousing solutions to Spar Thailand.

300 new stores

Spar International has announced plans to open up to 300 new convenience stores in Thailand by the end of 2020. To support the expansion, Spar has chosen DHL to provide end-to-end transport, distribution and warehousing services across Thailand, along with BCR for the retailer’s front-end store infrastructure.

Optimising productivity

Spar will use two Bangkok DHL facilities for warehousing and distribution: Bang Na for ambient goods, and Klong Prapa for frozen. Both warehouses will use the WMOS warehouse management platform in order to optimise inventory accuracy and productivity.

Benefiting from proven experience

“To support Spar Thailand in delivering Spar’s global reputation for freshness, choice, quality, and service, we knew we needed a logistics partner with proven experience in maintaining world-class food retail supply chains,” said Tom Rose, Head of Operations at Spar International. “DHL’s track record in sustaining fast-growing food retailers, both in Thailand and other markets worldwide, gave us the confidence to use their infrastructure as the foundation of our local supply chain.”

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Spar Austria has opened a new facility, dubbed ‘Europe’s most modern logistics centre’.

€85m project

Spar Austria’s existing logistics centre in St Polten, to the west of Vienna, was unable to meet the growing demands of the capital’s Spar stores, so the retailer embarked on a two year journey to build a replacement. The new facility, which cost €85m, is in Ebergassing, south-east of Vienna and has been named by the retailer as ‘Europe’s most modern logistics centre’.

Developing new technology

Working with logistics provider, Knapp, Spar developed a new method of picking, which improved peak management and gave employees a more ergonomic working environment. The two companies cited their specially developed workspaces and using ‘swarm intelligence’ when developing freely navigating shuttles as innovations they were particularly proud of.

Investing in innovation

Friedrich Poppmeier, member of Spar Austria’s Board and in charge of logistics commented: “To achieve local supply at the highest level, perfect processes have to be applied. SPAR is a leader in innovation and has always invested in new technologies in the area of logistics. Innovation supporting the security of supply and the support of our SPAR retailers in their day-to-day work is an ongoing investment within SPAR Austria. The SPAR logistics centre Ebergassing has become a model operation!”

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SPAR Netherlands has launched a same-day delivery service, making it the first retailer in the Netherlands to do so.

Order before 10am, deliver after 4pm

SPAR has optimised its online ordering system to enable a same-day delivery service, so customers that order shopping online before 10 am can have it delivered after 4pm on the same day. There will be no extra charge for this service and orders of €50 or more will continue with free delivery. The retailer claims this is a first for The Netherlands.

SPAR at the forefront

Same day delivery options in food and grocery are relatively few and far between. AmazonFresh,which launched in London at the start of June, is offering customers a same-day delivery option. However, the service is only available to Amazon Prime customers and there are delivery charges on top. SPAR’s offer, especially with no extra delivery charges, positions the convenience retailer at the forefront in the arena – offering the ultimate convenience at no extra cost.

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