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Coles chooses WITRON

Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 ( #908 ) - Sydney, NSW, Australia
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WITRON will deliver two new distribution centres for Coles
Retailer Coles has selected WITRON to deliver two new distribution centres as part of a supply chain modernisation program that will improve availability for customers while lowering costs. Coles and WITRON have executed definitive contracts for WITRON to develop two new automated ambient distribution centres in Queensland and New South Wales.

It is understood Coles examined WITRON’s track record of delivering 54 similar projects with global retailers including Kroger, Target (US), Supervalu, Sobeys, Edeka, Mercadona, Migros, Meijer, Inex and Coop Norway.

Coles operates more than 2,500 retail outlets across Australia, including supermarkets, liquor stores and fuel and convenience stores. More than 21 million customers per week shop in-store or online at Coles, generating sales of more than $39 billion over the 12 months to the end of June 2018.  

The two distribution centres will supply a full range of ambient grocery lines to more than 240 Coles supermarkets in New South Wales and more than 170 supermarkets in Queensland.

This is the European company’s first Australian project, according to WITRON CEO Helmut Prieschenk.

"We spent a lot of time working with Coles to make sure that the project was exactly what was needed, going right back to the most basic data before looking at logistics modules and technology, service and operator concepts, end-to-end supply chain intelligence, and, finally, to ways that the centres could make use of existing and future technology."

WITRON has registered an Australian subsidiary company, WITRON Australia Pty Ltd, which will be based in Sydney, to manage the project.
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