Kroger Partners with KNAPP

Logistics Tech Outlook | Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Kroger and KNAPP has recently announced that they would deploy, expand, and improve the abilities and potential of Kroger's current Great Lakes Distribution Center in Delaware, Ohio.

FREMONT, CA: The Kroger Co., America's top grocery retailer, and KNAPP, a worldwide leader in intelligent automation and specialized software solutions, announces their agreement to deploy, expand, and improve the abilities and potential of Kroger's current Great Lakes Distribution Center in Delaware, Ohio. The facility is now undergoing renovations to integrate new, cutting-edge technology, with completion due this summer.

The distribution center, which opened in 2003, now serves 115 stores in central and northwest Ohio, southeast Michigan, and the Ohio River Valley region. The building will grow by 130,000 square feet during reconstruction.

Tony Lucchino, Krogers Vice President of Supply Chain and Network Strategy, said, "Of the agreement, Krogers investment in KNAPPs latest technology allows the Great Lakes Distribution Center to improve efficiency in replenishing our stores, enabling us to quickly deliver fresh food to our customers. The expansion of the facility is part of the ongoing transformation of our supply chain network, and this project will more than double our capacity while delivering innovation and scalability that can grow with demand." He added, "this collaborative project will allow us to better serve customers in the region."

The location employs a one-of-a-kind mix of KNAPP OSR Shuttle Evo (order, storage, and retrieval) shuttles that provide supermarket cases in precise order to RUNPICK robotic palletizers enabling next-generation efficiency and performance benefits for Kroger's supply chain network.

According to KNAPP CEO Josef Mentzer, "The technology investment in the Great Lakes Distribution Center has been designed to add a new level of flexibility to the Kroger supply chain network and deliver a resilient approach to investments in automation."

Tom Homan, Delaware City Manager, said of the expansion, "This transformation by Kroger will further improve the speed and service that the company delivers to its customers, and reaffirms Delawares leading role in the region as a hub for logistics and distribution excellence."

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