Food Retail

PICKING BY PALLET, CASE, OR PIECE FOR GROCERY DISTRIBUTION

With low margins and changing consumer behavior, staying competitive in the grocery market is harder than ever. Retailers and wholesalers have to accommodate new shopper trends across the globe. Making a difference in the food retail marketplace means a strategy that extends outside of the grocery aisle.

By implementing an automatic storage and retrieval system as a picking solution for brick and mortar and e-commerce, retailers can stay ahead of trends — while also decreasing labor needs. Many retailers are turning to compact distribution centers to provide same-day delivery without reducing in-store inventory. Others, however, are using small automation systems for in-store picking in their back of the store. Some wholesalers provide turnkey solutions for their banners, with everything from e-commerce sites to last-mile delivery service included. Whatever the strategy, SSI SCHAEFER can help.

Grocery automation must meet specific criteria established by the CFIA. With systems designed to meet any frozen or fresh product criteria, SSI SCHAEFER can handle your grocery application.


SSI SCHAEFER Solutions:

  • National, regional, and local grocery fulfillment centers with small or large footprints 

  • Storage, picking, and transport systems that are modular and scalable  

  • High bay warehouse solutions with high-density pallet storage systems 

  • Automatic handling of CPG like cartons, crates, PET, glass bottles, and shrink-wrapped items

  • Shipping buffer designed for high-performance

  • WAMAS® warehouse management software and SAP software solutions for all warehouses

  • Intuitive KPI dashboards for one or many facilities

  • Ergonomic work stations

  • E-commerce and omnichannel picking solutions that can handle food kits and direct-to-shopper deliveries

  • Retrofit and greenfield storage solutions available


GROCERY DISTRIBUTION SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR NEEDS

SSI SCHAEFER can meet the changing needs of today’s grocery shopper with strategies that grow with your business. After all, staying ahead of the game can make the difference in bottom line revenue. 

TOP SHELF SOLUTIONS

Grocery distribution challenges and solutions

  • Mixed case-filled pallets loaded for route optimization that meet specific store criteria based on historical purchasing data

  • Storage and picking for SKUs needing multiple temperature zones, including both CPG and fresh products

  • Cold and frozen temperature storage

  • Dedicated zones for meat, dairy, dry good, produce, spirits, and beverage types 

  • Many different packaging units

  • Batch picking and efficient best-before or sell-by dates

  • Smart handling of large volume floors

  • Large volume small orders picked with efficiency and ergonomics

  • Availability for short delivery or pick-up times

  • Capabilities for delivery peaks

  • Picking and packing designed for last mile delivery 

  • Consistent cooling chain from storage to delivery

  • Flexible and scalable for future growth

SSI SCHAEFER can customize a solution for your grocery application.

New Intelligent Logistics Standards Set by C&S Wholesale
SSI SCHAEFER collaborated with C&S Wholesale Grocers, one of the largest food wholesalers in the U.S. Knowing this wholesale grocer needed a modern case picking system, SSI SCHAEFER installed the Schäfer Case Picking system. While this automation was important, the project also needed automation of border-related case picking and dispatch of shipments integrated into their operation. The end result is an automated distribution center within a high bay warehouse with approximately 90,000 tray spaces. Three stories divide the material flow and picking areas, enabling more than 100,000 cartons of goods of throughput.
Gantry Robot, Schaefer Case Picking, SCP

PRODUCTS, SOLUTIONS, AND SOFTWARE FOR THE GROCERY MARKET

With modular, scalable, and custom solutions for storage, automatic retrieval, picking, and transport, SSI SCHAEFER is the ideal partner for the grocery distribution market.

Fensterband, Palettierung

Case Study ES3 LLC

Pallet racking system

Case Study EDEKA, Germany

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IN A HURRY?

WE ANSWERED SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FROM OUR WHOLESALE AND GROCERY CUSTOMERS TO SAVE YOU TIME.

Throughputs can vary depending on system type, storage location amounts, and other factors. When you combine automated systems with a Goods-to-Person workstation, typical pick rates improve up to 1,000 picks per hour while reducing labor needs. As accuracy of fulfillment increases, supply chain inventory improves, as well.

With retrofits and small local distribution centers, omnichannel distribution for grocery is more common than ever. Fulfillment strategies like these allow grocers and wholesalers to offer same-day delivery or in-store pick-up without depleting shelf inventory.

Yes. WAMAS® warehouse management software by SSI SCHAEFER can integrate into any system. Since WAMAS software is customizable, it can work with all systems, including custom built or SAP software solutions.

Yes. SSI SCHAEFER equipment and solutions can operate in environments like frozen storage and cold room zones.

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FRESH TO THE TABLE: SOLUTIONS FOR FOOD RETAIL

Single-source system solutions to guarantee quality, optimize processes and reduce costs. The food trade comes up with some demanding requirements for intralogistics specialists. The technological development of retail business is increasingly augmented by a rapidly growing online food trade. SSI SCHAEFER provides flexible, scalable and modular solutions to guarantee maximum efficiency for both areas.

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The expertise of SSI SCHAEFER: specialist know-how and many years of experience in producing customized solutions.

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