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  • 17 September 2020 09:48


Investment in Warehouse Automation System Will Enable Reitan Distribution A/S to Meet Growing Demand and Scale Its Business Quickly and Efficiently

Dematic, an intralogistics innovator that designs, builds and supports intelligent, automated solutions for supply chain environments, has secured a flagship new contract with Reitan Distribution A/S in Horsens, Denmark. Reitan Distribution A/S supplies groceries to more than 900 stores throughout Denmark, including more than 340 of the chain's own REMA 1000 stores and convenience stores, including 7-Eleven.

As one of Denmark’s largest and fastest growing discount grocery chains, REMA 1000 has achieved remarkable growth in recent years, currently accounting for 15.5% of the Danish grocery market. Today, Reitan Distribution A/S serves 340 REMA 1000 stores in total in Denmark. Dematic was tasked with designing a high-performance automated solution to facilitate and enable increased delivery frequency and service levels to stores, while supporting Reitan’s growth strategy over the next few years.

“This project has been all about providing better service for merchants, an improved customer experience and creating optimal working conditions for employees to achieve higher efficiency,” said Ole Thomsen, Logistics Director at REMA 1000.

Reitan’s current logistics centre at Marsalle is approximately 57,000 square metres. In recent years, the business has grown to such a degree that it has become necessary to expand in the form of new and more modern storage facilities. The extended warehouse has since added a further 30,000 square metres which includes high bay pallet storage. Measuring 26 metres at its highest point, it is one of the largest commercial facilities built in Horsens.

“From the beginning of the process Dematic showed a strong understanding of our business imperatives. This is a company which combines innovation with quality and reliability, backed by a long-standing global track record. As a result, we were convinced they were the right partner for REMA 1000,” said Ole.

Built adjacent to the existing warehouse with a bridge between them, the new facility — purpose-designed to house Dematic’s automation solution — runs 21 hours a day, six days a week and serves over 400 dry goods orders a day. Approximately 130,000 cases are picked, packed, and distributed every day from the new system, with robotic systems handling a significant proportion of daily operations. The automation solution works to increase the delivery frequency of the 600 most popular products to the REMA 1000 grocery store franchisees and reduce overall costs by improving operational efficiency.

“REMA 1000 has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Like everyone in the grocery space, REMA 1000 needs to invest now to stay ahead. This state-of-the-art automated warehouse we’ve created has provided the scalability and flexibility necessary for our business to achieve significant growth over the past decade, which is something we are incredibly proud of,” said Thorsten Beck Hansen, Director of Sales, Nordics, at Dematic.

Once complete, the new facility is expected include automated pallet storage, automated case depalletising, buffering, a picking system, as well as semi-and fully automated palletising technology.

Dematic plans to deliver all of this under a new multisite warehouse management system (WMS), which not only executes complex fulfilment with all the new automated equipment but also orchestrates movement of inventory between the old and new facilities, as well as the delivery of all order pallets to a new dispatch area.

This is expected to more than double the productivity of Reitan’s warehouse, while simultaneously making significant improvements to working conditions for warehouse operatives.

Andy Blandford, Dematic’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Northern Europe concluded: “This collaboration marks the beginning of a long-lasting professional relationship. We look forward to working closely with the REMA 1000 team to help them realise their full potential in the constantly evolving grocery industry.”

The new warehouse facility is expected to commence operations by early 2023.

Further information: Dematic Pty Limited, 24 Narabang Way, Belrose NSW 2085, Australia. Tel: +61 2 9486 5555. Fax: +61 2 9486 5511.

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