Ahold Delhaize's ADUSA Supply Chain Transitions Automation-Filled Distribution Center to Self-Distributed Network; Bob L’Heureux Comments
YORK, PA - Three years ago, the ADUSA Supply Chain network that supports Ahold Delhaize USA’s brands began its conversion of a 1.2 million-square-foot automation-filled distribution center in York, Pennsylvania. Recently, the company announced the completion of the transition, establishing an integrated, self-distribution supply chain to advance the retailer’s 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 addition of the facility, which is now the largest in the ADUSA Supply Chain network, the total number of network facilities is 22, a press release explained. The York distribution center adds 1.2 million square feet of grocery capacity, fulfilling non-perishable products for almost 400 Giant Food and The GIANT Company stores.
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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