Kroger collaborates with KNAPP to modernize and expand Great Lakes distribution center

ATLANTA – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Kroger Co., (NYSE: KR) America’s largest grocery retailer, and KNAPP, a global leader in intelligent automation and specialty software solutions, today announced their agreement to deploy , expand and improve the capabilities and capacity of existing Great Lakes Distribution Centers in Delaware, Ohio. The facility is currently undergoing renovations to add cutting edge technology and is expected to be completed this summer.

The distribution center opened in 2003 and currently serves 115 stores in central and northwestern Ohio, as well as southeastern Michigan and the Ohio River Valley region. During the renovation, the facility will expand by 130,000 square feet.

Tony Lucchino, Kroger’s vice president of supply chain and network strategy, said of the deal: “Kroger’s investment in KNAPP’s latest technology enables Great Lakes distribution center improve the efficiency of replenishing our stores, which allows us to quickly deliver fresh food to our customers. The facility expansion is part of the ongoing transformation of our supply chain network, and this project will more than double our capacity while providing innovation and scalability that can grow with demand. “He added:” This collaborative project will allow us to better serve customers in the region.

The site uses a unique combination of KNAPP OSR â„¢ Shuttle Evo (order, store and retrieve) that deliver grocery boxes in exact order to RUNPICK robotic palletizers – delivering next-generation efficiency and performance for the grocery network. Kroger’s supply chain.

According to KNAPP CEO Josef Mentzer, “the technology investment in the Great Lakes distribution center was designed to add a new level of flexibility to Kroger’s supply chain network and offer a resilient approach to investments in automation. ”

Tom Homan, Delaware City Manager, said of the expansion, “This transformation by Kroger will further improve the speed and service the company provides to its customers, and reaffirms Delaware’s leadership role in the region as as a hub of excellence in logistics and distribution.

About Kroger Co.

At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we’re dedicated to our goal: to feed the human spirit â„¢. We are, in our family of companies, nearly half a million associates who serve over nine million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, serving America by inspiring and uplifting food, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and outreach site. investors.


KNAPP is a global market leader providing intelligent intralogistics solutions and specialized software for production, distribution and point of sale. With around 5,000 employees worldwide, KNAPP offers innovative and tailor-made solutions for the healthcare, retail, apparel, food, manufacturing and e-commerce industries. Our clients obtain flexible, resource-efficient, ergonomic and self-taught results. The company’s North American headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit

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