On the 27th of October, Dutch retailer Albert Heijn opened its new Home Shop Center in Barendrecht (NL). As the foodtech company is always on the lookout for new technologies to work smarter and more efficiently, this warehouse built by WDP features the latest in automation. In addition, this gasless building operates almost completely on solar energy.
Nowhere are logistics processes under such pressure as in the food sector. The cold chain must become faster, safer, and better controlled, resulting in major technological transformations. But how do companies combine this evolution with that other priority: a sustainable energy policy?
The food logistics chain is a complex system in which safety and hygiene are decisive factors.
Colruyt’s Collect & Go service makes grocery shopping easy for thousands of families around the country. Behind the service is a complex system of order picking, grocery collection, and purchase preparation.
Delhaize’s logistics activities in Kobbegem are in good company, now that all of the supermarket chain’s support services have taken up residence on the Kobbegem business site. Together, they form Delhaize Valley, a hub where sustainability and efficiency are keywords.
This year, Lidl moved its logistics centre in Breda a little further away to a new warehouse on the former site of The Greenery. The German supermarket chain leases the warehouse (over 58,000 m² in total) from WDP, which redeveloped the entire logistics estate. Patrick Marczinski, project manager for warehouse management at Lidl, gives you a peek behind the scenes.