Mercadona Realizes Its 4th Distribution Center With WITRON's OPM System

Mon Apr 6, 2009 1:16pm EDT

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At the end of December 2008, WITRON Logistik + Informatik was awarded the
order for the design and realization of a distribution center for the
Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona at its location in Leon (North
Spain). Leon is planned to supply up to 170 stores in the future. As with
Mercadona's three other WITRON-designed distribution centers, Leon will
also be equipped with WITRON's OPM (Order Picking Machinery) and DPS
(Dynamic Picking System) modular picking systems.

    Mercadona is considered the most expansive grocery retailer in Spain. It
has 60,000 employees and operates 1,210 stores, with an annual turnover of
approx. 14 billion Euros in 2007.

    The system in Leon is composed of a 28-aisle tray warehouse with 176,500
locations. In the future, some 146,000 cases will be picked each day with
16 COM machines onto load carriers. Picking will be fully automated
without human intervention, resulting in store-friendly order pallets free
from any pick errors. A DPS system with 6,800 locations and 6 workstations
will pick an additional 9,000 small volume trading units. The Leon DC also
includes the unique ability to pick half pallets for certain stores using
the same AS/RS cranes that handle standard sized pallets. All orders from
the different picking areas are consolidated prior to shipping.

    An 18-aisle pallet high bay warehouse with approx. 18,000 locations
supplies the OPM and DPS system with articles. The HBW allows for the
automated picking of full and half pallets at the same time. Leon's entire
article range covers some 5,900 different products from Mercadona's dry
goods assortment.

    With this project, Mercadona and WITRON are continuing their successful
partnership that started in 2004. WITRON has already realized two
distribution centers for Mercadona's dry goods assortment and
temperature-controlled products in Ciempozuelos (near Madrid) working with
the OPM and DPS solution. Another OPM system for frozen goods is up and
running in Ribarroja (near Valencia).

    When Leon reaches productive use in mid 2010, Mercadona will have a total
of 98 operating COM machines across 4 DCs handling dry, fresh, and frozen
goods. The projects realized since 2004 are a clear message of Mercadona's
satisfaction with WITRON, and proof of the efficiency, flexibility and
consistent availability of the OPM and DPS systems.


Brian Sherman
Witron Integrated Logistics Corp.
3721 Ventura Drive, Suite 140
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Main Line: 847-385-6000

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