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E.Leclerc Socamil and WITRON win prestigious French logistics award

Great honors for E.Leclerc Socamil. The French food retailer received the “Rois de la Supply Chain 2022” award, the most prestigious logistics prize in France, from the “Supply Chain Magazine”. The award was given for the fully automated omnichannel / multi-temperature distribution center in Calstelnaudery and was designed and implemented by the logistics lifetime partner WITRON. The core innovation is the world debut FPM (Flow Picking Machinery), a fully automated “flow-through warehouse” for the complete range of fresh and ultra-fresh products. FPM was described by the jury as a paradigm shift in the supply chain of French fresh produce logistics. The award now allows E.Leclerc to participate in the European Logistics Association Award.

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Branchenyt

WITRON continues on the road to success: Sales reach 1 billion EUR

The WITRON Group keeps growing strongly in 2021. With a revenue growth of 340 million euros (375 million USD) - which corresponds to an increase of more than 48 percent compared to the previous year - the one-billion-euro mark was crossed for the first time. With 600 new hires, the number of employees also increased significantly.

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Lager & distribution

Mercadona’s frozen food warehouse in Guadix quickly reaches 100 percent performance thanks to WITRON technology

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Branchenyt

Congratulations: WITRON’s subsidiary in the UK celebrates its 25th anniversary

Not only WITRON Logistik + Informatik GmbH at the headquarters in Parkstein (Bavaria / Germany) has a reason to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year but also our UK subsidiary is happy about its 25th company anniversary. Founded in July 1996, the site in Stoke-on-Trent has developed from a one-person sales office into a strong team with now almost 70 employees who secure deals with new customers and serve existing customers in the United Kingdom. Well-known retail and industry companies trust WITRON’s project experience and technology know-how. The subsidiary is continuously growing, and many new specialists are required.

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SCM 4.0

Usability and user experience as a competitive advantage

The comparison between a high-performance Formula 1 car and a highly efficient logistics center is obvious: the decisive factor for success is the overall package. In motorsports, you need not only the frame, engine, and tires, but also a driver who makes optimum use of the vehicle and the technology. The same applies to the logistics center. Good usability, user experience, and connectivity do not only support the employees “driving” the system but are increasingly becoming a competitive advantage in intralogistics.

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Branchenyt

Anniversary year starts with “Bavaria’s Best 50”-award for WITRON

The year 2021 is a special year for WITRON. Founded in 1971 by Walter Winkler and his wife Hildegard, the company has been an innovation driver and mastermind in the design, realization, and operation of efficient automated logistics centers as well as a reliable employer in the region for 50 years. And to kick off the anniversary year, there was a special award from the Bavarian State Government.

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Branchenyt

Largest US cooperative food retailer builds with WITRON

State-of-the-art logistics center for over 3,100 stores

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Branchenyt

No need for stretch wrap in the future

As in many other areas of the world, students in the northern Upper Palatinate in Bavaria, Germany, demonstrate every Friday as part of the Fridays for Future Movement. Helmut Prieschenk, CEO of WITRON, has not walked with them yet, but he takes the concerns of the young people seriously.

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Lager & distribution

Mothership instead of mini warehouse

Karl Högen knows the question too well: “What does WITRON do in the area of micro fulfillment?”

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Margaret Wilson successfully manages a WITRON OnSite team with more than 100 staff members

Margaret Wilson doesn’t need her own office. “I have a desk next to the conveyor system”, says the WITRON site manager with a smile. Since 2018, she has been responsible for one of the largest U.S. WITRON OnSite teams, which works at the logistics center of grocery retailer Kroger in Tolleson, Arizona. The heart of the highly automated system is the OPM solution, which the retailer was the first customer worldwide to opt for in 2003.

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Lager & distribution

INEX Partners: Omni-channel integration during ongoing operations

During ongoing operations, a high-performance logistics center in Scandinavia is currently being expanded into an omni-channel logistics center. Since April 2012, the Finnish logistics service provider INEX Partners, a subsidiary of the retail company SOK, has been picking all general merchandise items at the Sipoo site using automated and semi-automated logistics systems from the general contractor WITRON Logistik + Informatik GmbH.

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Branchenyt

EDEKA Group trusts in WITRON’s OPM technology for the eighth time

It is truly a lighthouse project! The new logistics center of EDEKA Handelsgesellschaft Nordbayern-Sachsen-Thüringen mbH located in Marktredwitz (Germany), is currently under construction and will start operations in mid-2024 – both technologically and economically.

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Lager & distribution

WITRON realizes food eCommerce DC in Gothenburg

In mid-July 2021, the Swedish food retailer Axfood awarded the logistics lifetime partner WITRON Logistik + Informatik from Parkstein (Germany) the order for the design, implementation, service, and system operation of a food eCommerce DC in Gothenburg, Sweden. Both companies are thus continuing the OCM (Omni-Channel Machinery) strategy they started with four very specific goals: maximum premium delivery service for end customers of all distribution channels, maximum end-to-end cost-efficiency, flexibility, and sustainability. WITRON is already implementing the 100,000 square meter (1.1 mil. square feet) omnichannel distribution center in Bålsta (near Stockholm) for Axfood, actually the largest single project in the history of both companies.

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Branchenyt

WITRON Business Figures 2020: Strong growth into the anniversary year

WITRON turns 50 and has created a solid basis for the company anniversary in 2021. Despite the worldwide Corona pandemic in 2020, we count new projects, revenue growth of 110 million Euros, 500 additional employees, 106 new apprentices, as well as a doubling of the manufacturing area - the general contractor from Parkstein still looks confidently into the future. In addition, the company was honored with the award “Bavaria’s Best 50” by the Bavarian State Ministry for above-average growth in mid-sized companies.

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Lager & distribution

OCM: The omnichannel platform for the retail network

The Swedish food retailer, Axfood, had long been looking for a solution that would bring together its traditional store business with its E-Commerce business in one logistics center. The OCM strategy of WITRON helped the Scandinavians with this challenge.

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REWE expands logistics center in Neu-Isenburg with WITRON

Improved store service and supply chain performance.

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Branchenyt

Without consolidation into the Champions League

One of Switzerland’s largest logistics centers is currently being built in Neuendorf, a few minutes south of Basel.

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Branchenyt

We are the pirates

WITRON celebrates an anniversary in 2020. The company from the Upper Palatinate region of Germany has been present on the North American market for 25 years. Karl Högen has accompanied WITRON as CEO North America on this journey for 13 years and looks back with us.

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Lager & distribution

Condis relies on automated WITRON solution for omni-channel strategy

Fresh fish and e-commerce - how does that work? For Víctor Escanciano, Director of Logistics + IT at Spanish food retailer Condis, this is no contradiction. In the following interview, he explains how he gets people to shop in his supermarkets and how he supplies them at home via efficient omni-channel concepts.

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Lager & distribution

EDEKA Nord relies on WITRON technology in Neumünster

As part of its optimization campaign “Logistics 2030”, EDEKA Nord again relies on the storage and picking systems of the general contractor WITRON from Parkstein, Germany, for the design and implementation of the new regional warehouse in Neumünster.

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Branchenyt

WITRON doubles manufacturing capacities in Parkstein - 1,800 additional attractive jobs

To ensure that WITRON remains a strong partner for its customers and employees in the future and can cope with growth, company founder and owner, Walter Winkler, decided at the beginning of 2019, to expand the manufacturing capacities in Parkstein by 120,000 square meters to a total of 220,000 square meters, which corresponds to an investment volume of approx. 200 mill. Euros. This is currently the largest privately financed construction project in northern Bavaria. In his festive speech, Minister Albert Füracker described the company as “shining example for Bavaria.”

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Lager & distribution

Automation for fresh products with a shelf life of at least 8 days

The Dutch food retailer Jumbo is realizing one of the most modern automated fresh food logistics centers in Europe with WITRON Logistik + Informatik GmbH. From the beginning of 2024, the 40,000 square meter facility in Nieuwegein will supply all stores in the Netherlands and Belgium with almost 2,900 different fresh items - dairy items, cheeses, meat products, tapas, salads, chilled beverages, and much more with a shelf life of at least 8 days. The central distribution center (CDC) is designed for an initial peak picking performance of more than 850,000 pick units per day. A modular expansion for future growth is already part of the overall concept. Furthermore, additional COM robotics lines are being installed in the existing dry goods warehouse during ongoing operations.

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Lager & distribution

Boots: High flexibility in response to changing purchasing behavior

Store fulfillment transformed into Omni-Channel fulfillment

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Lager & distribution

Libri: Integrating book production and omni-channel logistics

Libri and BoD are building Europe’s largest and state-of-the-art print-on-demand center with PLUREOS. The goal at the logistics site in Bad Hersfeld (Germany): With completion in autumn of 2021, millions of national and international titles will be available to readers on a permanent basis, overnight, and through a sustainable production.

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Lager & distribution

WITRON optimizes dry assortment supply chain for Plus Retail B.V.

Dutch food retailer automates warehouse logistics.

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IT

IT is not an End-in-Itself

Since the beginning of 2020, Johannes Meißner is part of WITRON’s management board. The graduated engineer specialized in communications-engineering is coming from the IT sector of the company and started to work for the company from the Upper Palatinate more than 30 years ago. Does the appointment of an IT manager to the board change the strategy of WITRON?

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Branchenyt

WITRON realizes REWE logistics center in Henstedt-Ulzburg

The food retailer REWE will supply more than 350 stores in Northern Germany through its new automated logistics center in Henstedt-Ulzburg starting in August 2022. The general contractor WITRON Logistik + Informatik GmbH from Parkstein received the order for the design and realization of the facility.

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