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The E. LECLERC regional company, SCAPEST, also relies on WITRON's OPM technology

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After receiving an order for the realization of a new logistics center in Colmar from E. LECLERC's regional company, SCAPALSACE, at the beginning of 2012, WITRON was awarded another contract by SCAPEST, the largest regional company within E. LECLECR's network. 

In December 2012, SCAPEST and WITRON signed the contract for the design and realization of a new distribution center in Chalons-en-Champagne. In doing so, they are deepening their existing strategic partnership. As with the SCAPALSACE project, WITRON will be responsible for the development, supply, and ramp-up of all material flow, mechanics, IT, and control components. 

The market-leading French food retailer relies on WITRON's modules also in its distribution center in Chalons-en-Champagne. The project will incorporate OPM for the fully-automated picking of cases, DPP for the fully-automated picking of quarter and half pallets, LPS a fully-automated layer picker system, and CPS, a semi-automated logistics system with pick-by-voice support. The complete design integrates automatic pallet and tray warehouses that can be modularly extended. The entire dispatch management will be optimized through an automated shipping buffer.

135 stores will be supplied with more than 15,000 different articles from SCAPEST's dry goods assortment - all that on a surface of less than 430,556 square feet. The logistics center will start productive use in 2015 and is designed to handle a peak picking performance of more than 450,000 cases per day. The majority of cases will be handled through WITRON's fully-automated OPM solution. The SCAPEST OPM will consist of 22 COM machines, enabling store-friendly and error-free order pallet building. A WITRON on-site maintenance team will be responsible for insuring high system availability.

"Just like all trading enterprises in France, we are required to focus on workplace ergonomics. We are also facing a major change in the purchase behavior of our customers. Our logistics must be multi-channel, supplying hypermarkets, express markets, and E-Commerce drives. This requires maximum flexibility and fast reaction times", according to Olivier Fache, CEO of E. LECLERC SCAPEST. "With WITRON, we have a partner who provides forward-looking solutions based on wealth of international experience in retail logistics".