Cimcorp Automation Ensures Freshness for EDEKA

EDEKA Minden-Hannover automates its fresh food logistics at the Freienbrink and Lauenau locations
By: Cimcorp
GRIMSBY, Ontario - April 20, 2021 - PRLog -- Cimcorp announces that it was selected by EDEKA Minden-Hannover to provide automated intralogistics solutions for its fresh produce handling. As part of Germany's largest supermarket chain, the regional company EDEKA Minden-Hannover aims to modernize two existing logistics centers with minimal disruption to daily operations and without risking food safety.

Quality and freshness are critical for customers in stores when buying groceries. This means that speed and accuracy in picking are crucial for product quality. EDEKA Minden-Hannover is constantly working to optimize its logistics processes and is thus continuing its sustainability strategy with a view to reducing CO2 emissions, among other things. In order to meet these challenges, EDEKA Minden-Hannover, as the largest grocery retailer in its sales area, continuously invests in the modernization of its logistics.

Arnd Wilde, Logistics Manager at EDEKA Minden-Hannover, said, "The EDEKA slogan is 'We love food', which is why our regional company offers a comprehensive range of products in its EDEKA stores, secured by professional quality management: from inexpensive basic items to branded items and selected specialties. Supported by our cooperative guiding principle, we rely on our independent EDEKA merchants and store managers to have a high level of commitment in the joint goods business."

Wilde emphasizes, "Our daily challenge is to bring fresh fruit and vegetables from the producer to our markets promptly. This is often a race against time, because it usually takes only hours between delivery to our warehouse and delivery to our stores. In Cimcorp, we have found a partner who can provide us with a solution for fully automated order picking of ergonomically packed fruit and vegetable pallets that meet the requirements of our markets – quickly, reliably and cost-effectively. This automation does not mean that jobs are lost, we need our full team to continue to provide the desired logistics service for our salespeople in the future."

The around 1,200 fruit and vegetable items for the 1,488 supermarkets in the region are freshly picked and delivered daily to the four logistics centers located in Lauenau, Freienbrink, Wiefelstede and Landsberg. In Lauenau, the automation will be installed in the existing logistics center, which has been fully operational since 2014. The volume is higher in Freienbrink, and three fresh food modules in total will be installed there. The modular structure of the automation speeds up the installation: when the first fresh food solution is in operation in the existing facility, the next two will be installed.

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