Canadian top retailer invests in WITRON’s OPM technology
METRO Inc., a leading food retailer in Canada with over C$12 billion in annual sales and over 65,000 employees, relies on the storage and picking systems of the general contractor, WITRON Logistik + Informatik GmbH, from Parkstein, Germany, which will be implemented in their new distribution center in Toronto, Canada. Starting in 2021, the distribution center will supply more than 250 stores in the province of Ontario from an assortment of 3,600 different frozen products.
“This investment will enable METRO to continue its growth and expansion in the Ontario market”, says Eric La Flèche, President and CEO of METRO. “With a new and modernized supply chain infrastructure, we will be even more responsive to the needs of our customers”.
Thanks to the automated logistics systems OPM (Order Picking Machinery) - including its nine Automated Palletizers called COMs (Case Order Machines) machines - and CPS (Car Picking System), we are able to pick up to 112,700 cases plus more than 100 full pallets for shipment to METRO stores on a peak day – error-free and in a store-friendly manner. The distribution centre also includes a five-aisle high bay warehouse with 12,500 pallet locations and an AS/RS with 118,800 tray locations. Innovative conveyor system elements as well as 18 high-speed stacker cranes - developed and manufactured by WITRON’s subsidiary, FAS, ensure maximum availability even at an ambient temperature of -28 degrees C / -18 Fahrenheit.
“The new distribution centre will feature state-of-the-art technology which will enhance our efficiency as well as allow us to improve service to our store network and customers,” states Carmen Fortino, Executive Vice President and Metro Ontario Division Head.
As a general contractor, WITRON is responsible for the entire design and realization of all IT, control engineering, and mechanical components. In addition, system service and maintenance also belong to the performance scope of the logistics expert from Parkstein, who provides service and technical support by means of an OnSite team.