Food Retail

PALLET, CASE, OR PIECE PICKING FOR GROCERY DISTRIBUTION

Grocery is a demanding business with very low margins, and consumer behavior is making it even harder to compete. Shoppers are changing the way they shop, and retailers and wholesalers have to accommodate for these global trends. Even the slightest edge can make the difference in this competitive food landscape when vying for customers, but not all changes are happening in the grocery aisle.

Automatic storage and retrieval solutions offer a differentiator through either decreased labor or omnichannel solutions for e-commerce picking.  Many retailers are implementing compact distribution centers, which provide same day delivery without having to reduce in-store inventory. Others are looking at smaller automation systems that offer picking in the back of the store while some wholesalers are providing turnkey solutions for their banners and provide everything from e-commerce sites all the way to last mile delivery service.

Automation for grocery has to meet specific criteria, and SSI SCHAEFER has solutions that meet even the most stringent standards set by the FDA, USDA, and the USWA. Regardless if it’s frozen or fresh product, SSI SCHAEFER can handle your grocery application.


SSI SCHAEFER Solutions:

  • Custom automation fulfillment centers with either small or large footprints to handle national, regional, or local grocery fulfillment 

  • Modular and scalable storage, picking and transport systems

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

  • to auto-guided transport systems

  • Automatic handling of a vast array of CPG items such as cartons, crates, PET and glass bottles, as well as shrink-wrapped items

  • High-performance shipping buffer

  • WAMAS® warehouse management software and SAP software solutions for manual, semi-, or fully automated warehouses

  • Easy-to-use dashboards with KPIs for one or multiple facilities

  • Ergonomic work stations

  • Omni-channel picking solutions for in-store distribution, food kits, and direct to shopper e-commerce deliveries

  • Both greenfield and retrofit storage solutions


GROCERY DISTRIBUTION SOLUTIONS THAT SUIT YOUR PALATE

You’ll find that SSI SCHAEFER provides an array of offerings to this challenging industry. Meeting the changing needs of today’s grocery shopper is tough, but having a strategy for distribution that grows with your business can make the difference in bottom line revenue. 

CHOOSE THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR THE BEST RECIPE

Challenges and solutions for grocery distribution:

  • The perfect pallet, which is an optimized mixed case-filled pallet that meets all criteria of a specific store based on historical purchasing data and loaded for route optimization.

  • Efficient storage and picking for a broad range of both CPG and fresh products—including storage for SKUs needing multiple temperature zones

  • Frozen and cold storage

  • Dedicated zones for specific food types such as meat, dairy, dry goods, produce, beverages, and spirits

  • An array of different packaging units

  • Reliable best-before or sell-by dates and batch picking

    • Efficient handling of large volume floors

  • Efficient and ergonomic picking of large volume small orders

  • Short throughput time

  • Short delivery or pick-up windows

  • Major delivery peaks

  • Picked and packed for an efficient last mile delivery

  • Guarantee a consistent cooling chain right to customer’s doorstep

  • Highly flexible and scalable to address rapidly growing business

SSI SCHAEFER provides custom solutions for every grocery application.

C&S Wholesale Sets new standards for intelligent logistics.
SSI SCHAEFER collaborated with C&S Wholesale Grocers, one of the largest food wholesalers in the U.S. The large wholesaler needed a modern case picking system, and the Schäfer Case Picking system was installed. In addition to automating the warehouse processes, other vital elements for the success of this project include the integrated automation of border-related case picking and dispatch of shipments. The result was a highly automated distribution center, which provides approximately 90,000 tray spaces within a high bay warehouse. In addition, material flow and picking areas are divided among three stories—enabling a throughput of more than 100,000 cartons of goods.
Gantry Robot, Schaefer Case Picking, SCP

PRODUCTS, SOLUTIONS, AND SOFTWARE FOR THE GROCERY MARKET

SSI SCHAEFER supports the grocery distribution market with its modular, scalable, and custom solutions for storage, automatic retrieval, picking, and transport.

Fensterband, Palettierung

Case Study ES3 LLC

Pallet racking system

Case Study EDEKA, Germany

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PRODUCTS, MODULES AND SOFTWARE FOR THE FOOD RETAIL SECTOR

SSI SCHAEFER supports you with its modular, scalable and individually expandable systems for the food industry. These solutions sustainably improve the efficiency of your logistics processes.

High-bay warehouse with storage Vinamilk

High bay warehouse

Shuttle System Cuby with up to 36 storage levels

Small Load Carriers

Storage & Shuttle Systems

Case Picking

Schäfer Case Picking (SCP)

Customer Service & Support 4.0

Conveying & Transport

Automated Guided Vehicles

Software Solutions for your logistics

Logistics Software WAMAS®

IT Control Center

KPIs and dashboards

HAVE QUESTIONS?

WE ANSWERED A FEW COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS FROM GROCERY AND WHOLESALE CLIENTS TO SAVE YOU TIME.

Depending on the type of system, amount of storage locations, and other factors, throughputs can vary. When you compare it to manual picking, automated systems combined with a Goods-to-Person workstation typically improves pick rates up to 1,000 picks per hour while reducing headcount. Fulfillment accuracy increases and the overall quality of supply chain inventory improves, too.

Yes. Omnichannel distribution for grocery is becoming more common with retrofits and with the building of new smaller local distribution centers. These fulfillment strategies help grocers and wholesalers compete with same day delivery or pick-up in store without depleting inventory in the aisle.

Yes. SSI SCHAEFER can integrate the WAMAS® warehouse management solution into any system. WAMAS software is customizable into all systems—including custom built or SAP software solutions.

SSI SCHAEFER equipment and solutions are built for extreme environments—including storage for frozen and cold room zones.

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

Expertise for Every Sector

The expertise of SSI SCHAEFER includes specialists with in-depth knowledge and many years of experience in producing custom solutions within the Food and Beverage industries.

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