Ahold Delhaize is securing its hold on the East Coast for its banner Stop & Shop with the debut of a new facility in Manchester, Connecticut. Distribution arm ADUSA Supply Chain recently opened a new one-million-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. The distribution center will receive, select, and transport 88 million cases of grocery products annually for more than 450 Stop & Shop stores and e-commerce centers in addition to an advanced technology package to support the future of food distribution.
“The opening of the Manchester facility is an important milestone in the transformation of the supply chain serving Ahold Delhaize USA’s local brands,” said Chris Lewis, President of ADUSA Supply Chain. “With the addition of Manchester, we have added more than two million square feet of distribution capacity to our network in less than two months. Not only is Manchester an important part of rapid network expansion, it’s also well-equipped with technology solutions that will boost efficiency and ultimately result in the faster delivery of fresher products for consumers no matter how they choose to shop.”
According to the company’s release, Manchester is the first facility in ADUSA’s network to showcase the new ADUSA Supply Chain brand, which was founded on the principle of being TRUSTED TO ALWAYS DELIVER and is anchored in dedication to service to local brands, customers, and communities.
“We’re excited to officially be part of the Manchester community,” said Zach Napolitano, Campus Lead for ADUSA Distribution Manchester. “Ahold Delhaize USA companies have been serving the Manchester community for many years, and we look forward to being a good neighbor and supporting this community for many years to come.”
With technology implemented by Retail Business Services, the facility also includes a transportation management and warehouse management solution called Manhattan Active® Warehouse Management, which was provided by Manhattan Associates.
In addition, this center leverages end-to-end forecasting and replenishment technology from RELEX Solutions, which enables greater precision in order accuracy, resulting in better in-stocks, fresher products, and reduced food waste. All of these systems will drive greater accuracy across transportation and labor management, boosting efficiency at the site and minimizing miles traveled.
The more than 500 associates to be employed at the site will be working under ADUSA Distribution, ADUSA Transportation, FHI—a third-party labor management provider—as well as Lily and NFI, which are dedicated transportation providers for the site.
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