A three-year journey has finally come to dock as ADUSA Supply Chain network completed its conversion of a 1.2 million-square-foot automation-filled distribution center (DC) in York, Pennsylvania. The self-managed network was established as an integrated, self-distributed supply chain to support Ahold Delhaize USA brands’ omnichannel growth.
“I’m incredibly proud of all the teams who came together to successfully transition this site,” said Bob L’Heureux, Vice President, Supply Chain Strategic Initiatives for ADUSA Supply Chain Services. “We’re excited to have this facility as part of the self-distributed network and look forward to all it will deliver for our companies near-term and in the future.”
With the transition of this facility now complete, the DC is now the largest in the ADUSA Supply Chain network. Additionally, the DC brings the total number of network facilities to 22. The York facility adds 1.2 million square feet of grocery capacity, fulfilling non-perishable products for almost 400 Giant Food and The GIANT Company stores.
According to the release, the building reaches more than 10 stories in order to accommodate its 110-foot cranes needed for selection automation. That technology is part of a robust stack that also includes palletizing automation and a proprietary workforce management system.
Approximately 1,000 people work at the site, many of whom work to maintain impressive technology. Procurement at the distribution center is now managed by ADUSA Procurement, and C&S Wholesale Grocers provides third-party labor services.
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