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Edeka's online supermarket, Bringmeister, is launching a service which will enable groceries to be delivered straight into customers' fridges.

Increased convenience

A new Smart Lock system has been developed by Cary services, allowing time limited access to user's homes using electronic keys. The cost of the lock system is €9.99 a month. In partnership with this, Bringmeister will give customers the option to order groceries online and have them delivered to their house whilst they are out. The delivery drivers will be able to bring groceries into customers' fridges, hallways or cupboards as requested.

Developing the online offer in Germany

Bringmeister became part of the Edeka network in January 2017. Since then, the retailer has been expanding its capabilities in the online channel. With Amazon Fresh launching in Germany in 2017, retailers have started to increase the focus on their online services and begun to accelerate developments. Edeka started offering same day delivery in Berlin in August 2017, expanding this to Munich in December. This means that if customers place an order before 2pm, they can get their groceries delivered in an hour window between 6pm and midnight.

Kaufland, part of the Schwarz Group, is to revamp its distribution structure, according to reports.

Overhaul of network

Kaufland is overhauling its distribution network, moving from a centrally-managed operation to a decentralised business. The German retailer is taking a similar route to that of its competitors, Rewe and Edeka, restructuring its business around six regional distribution centres across Germany. This new distribution model will potentially be rolled out to other countries in which Kaufland operates.

Eastern European expansion

Earlier this year, Kaufland opened a €75m logistics centre in Croatia, marking an important step in the retailer’s investment in the country. The Lidl & Schwarz group entered the Croatian market in 2000 using the Kaufland compact hypermarket format. The retailer is now looking to expand further into Eastern Europe, with planned market entry in Serbia and Lithuania.

Edeka's regional co-operative Südbayern (South Bavaria) has announced it will open its new Landsberger distribution centre (DC) later this month according to press reports.

EUR130m investment

The opening of Edeka Südbayern's EUR130m DC marks the beginning of the retailer's centralised distribution model. The 53,000sqm facility will handle the majority of the retailer's products and deliver to the 1,300 independently operated stores in the region. The DC is fully automated -using Witron’s order picking machinery, including 14 case order machines and a dynamic picking solution for smaller products.

Restructure in Südbayern

The new DC forms part of a wider restructure of the retailer's Südbayern operation. Depots in Gaimersheim, Straubing and Trostberg are to be converted from fully ranged warehouses to regional distribution centres stocking primarily fresh produce. Facilities in Penzberg and Betzigau are set to close resulting in a net reduction of DCs in the region.

Transport planning system

Back in July 2012 Edeka Südbayern introduced a new transport planning system to help plan the 350 to 400 deliveries it makes on a daily basis. The software, combined with the new DC and network resructure, should help the retailer to reduce costs, cut CO2 and increase fleet utilisation.


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