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Kroger Partners With KNAPP to Enhance Capacity of Great Lakes Distribution Center; Tony Lucchino and Josef Mentzer Comment

Kroger Partners With KNAPP to Enhance Capacity of Great Lakes Distribution Center; Tony Lucchino and Josef Mentzer Comment


DELAWARE, OH
Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

Technology is a driving force in our day-to-day now, and as technology continues to grow, so too will the various sectors it touches. One industry we see significant growth potential in is retail as leaders continue to ramp up their supply chain networks. Kroger is no stranger to technology, and it is maintaining its hold in the ring as it recently announced its agreement to deploy KNAPP’s software solutions as it seeks to enhance the capabilities and capacity of its existing Great Lakes Distribution Center in Delaware, Ohio.

Tony Lucchino, Vice President of Supply Chain and Network Strategy, Kroger“Kroger’s investment in KNAPP’s latest technology allows the Great Lakes Distribution Center to improve efficiency in replenishing our stores, enabling us to quickly deliver fresh food to our customers,” remarked Tony Lucchino, Vice President of Supply Chain and Network Strategy, Kroger. “The expansion of the facility is part of the ongoing transformation of our supply chain network, and this project will more than double our capacity while delivering innovation and scalability that can grow with demand.”

According to a press release, the facility is currently being renovated to add modern state-of-the-art technology and is expected to be complete this summer.

Kroger recently announced its agreement to deploy KNAPP’s software solutions as it seeks to enhance the capabilities and capacity of its existing Great Lakes Distribution Center in Delaware, Ohio

“This collaborative project will allow us to better serve customers in the region,” Lucchino added. “The site uses a unique combination of KNAPP OSR (order, storage, and retrieval) shuttles that deliver grocery cases in an exact sequence to the RUNPICK robotic palletizers—delivering next-generation efficiency and performance increases for Kroger's supply chain network."

Currently, the distribution center services 115 stores in central and northwest Ohio, southeast Michigan, and the Ohio River Valley region. During the renovation, the facility will expand by 130,000 square feet.

Josef Mentzer, Chief Executive Officer, KNAPP"The technology investment in the Great Lakes Distribution Center has been designed to add a new level of flexibility to the Kroger supply chain network and deliver a resilient approach to investments in automation,” KNAPP Chief Executive Officer Josef Mentzer explained.

Deli Market News will continue to keep an eye on the retail landscape, so keep checking back for updates.

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