SPAR expands Austrian logistics centre

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Food retailer SPAR is expanding its logistics centre at Wels in Austria by more than 107,639 sq ft.

The Austrian symbol retailer, which is headquartered in Salzburg, has awarded the order for the design and realisation of the third construction phase to the general contractor Witron.

The systems integrator will be responsible for the development and implementation of all IT, control, and mechanical components.

The central element of the expansion is Witron’s automated storage and picking system OPM (Order Picking Machinery).

Equipped with eight case order machines (COM), the OPM for SPAR will be able to pick up to 66,500 dispatch units and cases onto pallets and roll containers per day – all in a store-friendly manner.

[asset_ref id=”2166″]The SPAR central warehouse in
Wels will be expanded with the
implementation of Witron’s OPM

An eight-aisle AS/RS with 16 stacker cranes and 81,400 tray locations will feed the COM. A five-aisle high bay warehouse with five stacker cranes and 18,700 pallet locations will replenish the OPM system. Receiving and dispatch will also be re-designed and optimised.

In 1998 and 2003 (construction phases 1 and 2), Witron designed and implemented its tote picking system DPS with more than 89,000 storage locations as well as a pallet high bay warehouse with 22,000 storage positions.

The new logistics construction will be connected to the existing building via conveyor lines so that all logistics areas of construction phases 1, 2, and 3 will be networked. The entire system is designed to handle a peak picking performance of more than 300,000 cases per day.

Productive use of the plant is scheduled for mid 2015. From then on, SPAR will supply a total of 1,700 stores throughout Austria with 14,000 different dry range goods from its logistics warehouse in Wels.

SPAR has seen steady growth in Austria over the past few years and in 2012, revenue amounted to some €12.6 billion. The market share in Austria increased to 29.9 per cent. The enterprise employs some 75,000 people nationally and internationally.

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