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SPAR starts third construction phase at its central warehouse

Based on continuous growth in recent years and an overall positive market outlook, SPAR Oesterreichische Warenhandels AG, will expand their existing logistics center in Wels by more than 107,639 square feet. The Austrian food retailer, headquartered in Salzburg, will gear its logistics processes towards future market requirements in terms of cost-efficiency, store service, flexibility, and ergonomics. The order for the design and realization of the third construction phase was awarded to the general contractor, WITRON Logistik + Informatik GmbH from Parkstein. The systems integrator from Bavaria will be responsible for the development and implementation of all IT, control, and mechanical components. 

The central element of the expansion is WITRON's fully automated storage and picking system OPM (Order Picking Machinery). Equipped with 8 COM machines, the OPM for SPAR will be able to pick up to 66,500 dispatch units and cases onto pallets and roll containers per day - all in a store-friendly manner. An eight-aisle AS/RS with 16 stacker cranes and 81,400 tray locations will feed the COM. A five-aisle high bay warehouse with five stacker cranes and 18,700 pallet locations will replenish the OPM system. Receiving and dispatch will be re-designed and optimized, too.

In 1998 and 2003 (construction phases 1 and 2), WITRON successfully designed and implemented their tote picking system DPS with more than 89,000 storage locations as well as a pallet high bay warehouse with 22,000 storage positions. The new logistics construction will be connected to the existing building via conveyor lines so that all logistics areas of construction phases 1, 2, and 3 will be perfectly networked. The entire system is designed to handle a peak picking performance of more than 300,000 cases per day.

Productive use of the plant is scheduled for mid 2015. From then on, SPAR will supply a total of 1,700 stores throughout Austria with 14,000 different dry range goods from its logistics warehouse in Wels.

In 2012, revenue of the SPAR Austria Group amounted to some 12.6 billion euros. The market share in Austria increased to 29.9%. The enterprise employs some 75,000 people nationally and internationally.