Food Retail solutions by SSI SCHAEFER

Food Retail

Flexible and scalable system solutions for the food industry

The food trade is exceptionally demanding for intralogistics specialists. The technological development of the branch business is increasingly supplemented by a rapidly growing online food trade. SSI SCHÄFER provides flexible, scalable, modular solutions for both areas. These have thoroughly proven themselves under real conditions.

The food trade has long been evolving and was focused on constantly optimizing existing logistics networks. Early on, SSI SCHÄFER set the benchmark for branch supply and delivery with manual, partially-automated and fully automated solutions. Now, the growing online food trade is creating entirely new logistics challenges for food retailers. SSI SCHÄFER provides scalable solutions that enable both established retail chains and ambitious start-ups to efficiently serve this new market. These solutions cover the entire spectrum of activities beginning with the incoming goods and ending at the customer’s doorstep.

Solutions from SSI SCHÄFER:


Branch business:

  • The “perfect” pallet: store-friendly, volume-optimized and designed for maximum stability; yet the exact characteristics also depend on the transport paths and the branch’s requirements

  • Efficient storage and picking for large product ranges distributed among multiple temperature zones

  • Numerous different packaging units

  • Reliable best-before date and batch tracking

  • Efficient handling of large-volume floors 


  • Efficient and ergonomic picking of numerous small orders

  • Short throughput time

  • Short delivery window

  • Major delivery peaks

  • Prepares an efficient “last mile”

  • Guarantees a consistent cooling chain right up to the customer’s doorstep

  • High flexibility and scalability to address the rapidly growing business sector

We support you with modular, scalable and individually expandable system solutions for the food industry. These solutions sustainably improve the efficiency of your logistics processes.

SSI SCHÄFER collaborated with C&S Wholesale Grocers, one of the largest food wholesalers in the USA, to modernize the internal logistics for ES3 using the Schaefer Case Picking (SCP) system. In addition to automating the warehouse processes, other key elements for the success of this project included the integrated automation of the border-related case picking and the dispatch of the shipments. Result: The highly automated distribution center provides roughly 90,000 tray spaces in its high bay warehouse. In addition, the material flow and picking areas are divided among three storeys, enabling a throughput of more than 100,000 cartons of goods.

Food Retail Case Studies

Solutions to suit your taste.

Pallet racking system

Case Study EDEKA, Germany

Fensterband, Palettierung

Case Study ES3 LLC

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The right solution for every industry. SSI SCHÄFER’s expertise combines specific know-how with extensive experience to deliver tailored solutions.

Expertise in every industry

The expertise of SSI SCHAEFER includes specific know-how and long-time experience with individual solutions.

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