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.
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.