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Spanish grocery retailer AhorraMás has experienced strong growth since its founding in 1979.

Automated distribution centre

The 
goal:
Fresh goods 

To supply its shops with fresh goods efficiently every day, Spanish grocery retailer AhorraMás collaborated with TGW to create a central distribution centre for its range of refrigerated and frozen foods. The sensitive goods are stored, picked and transported in areas with optimal temperature control. Extremely short lead times ensure that the goods are fresh and of the highest quality.

Extremely short lead times ensure that the goods are fresh and of the highest quality.
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ABOUT AHORRAMÁS

Spanish grocery retailer AhorraMás, based in Velilla de San Antonio, has experienced strong growth since its founding in 1979. The company operates most of its approximately 260 supermarkets in or close to Madrid, Spain's densely populated capital. With its "neighbourhood supermarket" concept, AhorraMás can ensure that customers can purchase fresh food conveniently.Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore.

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At a glance
challenges
mastered
  • SHORT LEAD TIMES ensure the freshness and quality of the goods

  • INDIVIDUALLY TEMPERATURE-CONTROLLED ZONES for storage and picking of the sensitive fresh goods

INITIAL SITUATION
FUTURE 
SUPPLY 
CHAIN 
STRATEGY

High quality grocery goods are the top priority for AhorraMás. Therefore, the shops are supplied with fresh food every day. To offer customers the best quality, the groceries need to be processed immediately and shipped quickly after their arrival at the logistics centre. The TGW intralogistics solution makes this possible. It takes into account the processing of the refrigerated and frozen product ranges, concluding in gathering products for shipment and delivering them to supermarkets in roll containers.

SOLUTION
& MATERIAL 
FLOW

GOODS RECEIPT AND STORAGE

The refrigerated and frozen goods arrive at the goods receiving area on pallets. The pallets are stored temporarily in the high-bay warehouse and further processed as quickly as possible to ensure the highest quality.

ORDER PICKING

Three manual depalletising stations ensure replenishment of the automatic freezer warehouse for cartons and trays. To ensure the cold chain of the frozen goods, the temperatures in the distribution centre are complied with very strictly. 

Refrigerated goods are transported from the pallet warehouse to four manual depalletising stations. The goods are sorted according to shop order automatically by TGW's Natrix sorter, which can handle around 7,000 cartons per hour


OUTBOUND AREA AND SHIPPING

  • At three picking workstations, the frozen goods are loaded into roll containers and prepared for transport to AhorraMás supermarkets. 
  • The refrigerated goods are picked in batches for the supermarkets using Pick-by-Light, likewise on roll containers.
HIGHLIGHTS

AUTOMATIC FREEZER WAREHOUSE

Our automatic mini-load warehouses are particularly durable, enabling them to also be used in the freezer area. At -23° Celsius, the cartons with frozen goods are stored and retrieved using highly dynamic Mustang SRMs, thus ensuring the high output required by AhorraMás.

KEY FIGURES

  • Number of storage locations: 50,200 
  • automatic mini-load warehouse: 41,000
  • frozen pallet warehouse: 4,500
  • refrigerated pallet warehouse: 4,700
  • Throughput performance – order lines:
  • 28,000 cartons per day
  • Approximately 700 roll containers
Particularly durable, enabling them to also be used in the freezer area.
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Michael Schedlbauer | Industry Manager Grocery, TGW
Michael Schedlbauer
Industry Manager Grocery
TGW Logistics Group GmbH
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