September 27, 2021

Xebotec

Transportation industry development

Kroger brings robotics technology to Great Lakes distribution center

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The Kroger Co. is bringing automation from logistics know-how service provider Knapp to its Wonderful Lakes distribution centre in Delaware, Ohio.

Cincinnati-centered Kroger stated Friday that the DC will use a blend of Knapp order, storage and retrieval (OSR) shuttles that provide grocery circumstances in sequence to Knapp’s RunPick robotic palletizers, incorporating “next generation” performance and efficiency to the grocer’s supply chain network.

The Terrific Lakes DC is at the moment getting renovated for installation of the robotics technologies, according to Kroger. Owing to be completed this summer, the undertaking will add 130,000 square toes to the facility, rising it to practically 900,000 square feet.

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In the Knapp program, get, storage and retrieval shuttles produce grocery instances to the option provider’s RunPick robotic palletizers (above).

“Kroger’s investment decision in Knapp’s latest technology lets the Fantastic Lakes distribution middle to enhance performance in replenishing our shops, enabling us to quickly supply contemporary foodstuff to our prospects. The expansion of the facility is part of the ongoing transformation of our offer chain network, and this challenge will additional than double our potential although delivering innovation and scalability that can mature with desire,” Tony Lucchino, vice president of provide chain and network technique at Kroger, reported in a assertion. “This collaborative undertaking will permit us to greater serve consumers in the area,” he additional.

Opened in 2003, the Fantastic Lakes DC serves 115 Kroger Co. supermarkets in central and northwest Ohio, southeast Michigan and the Ohio River Valley region.

“This transformation by Kroger will even more improve the velocity and company that the business delivers to its customers and reaffirms Delaware’s primary position in the location as a hub for logistics and distribution excellence,” mentioned Tom Homan, Delaware city manager.

Austria-dependent Knapp, which has its North American headquarters in Atlanta, delivers smart intra-logistics solutions and specialized computer software for manufacturing, distribution and stage-of-sale applications, serving these kinds of business sectors as, retail, food stuff, overall health treatment, attire, production, and e-commerce.

“The technology investment decision in the Wonderful Lakes distribution middle has been built to incorporate a new level of overall flexibility to the Kroger provide chain community and provide a resilient method to investments in automation,” Knapp CEO Josef Mentzer commented.

Just lately in Ohio, Kroger introduced the initial of 20 prepared Ocado-driven automatic warehouses for filling on the net grocery orders. The 375,000-square-foot buyer fulfillment centre (CFC), located in Monroe and heading into operation in April, takes advantage of synthetic intelligence, superior robotics and automation to allow far more seamless and productive fulfillment, choosing and shipping. So considerably, Kroger has introduced 10 Ocado CFCs. Moreover the Monroe facility, they consist of locations in Groveland, Fla. Forest Park, Ga. Dallas Frederick, Md. Phoenix Pleasurable Prairie, Wis. and Romulus, Mich., as properly as two unspecified web-sites in the Pacific Northwest and West.