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Cimcorp to supply Spanish grocer

Cimcorp will automate the distribution of fresh food at Mercadona’s new distribution centres


May 15, 2019
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Cimcorp Mercadona Order PickingGRIMSBY, Ontario – Cimcorp, a manufacturer and integrator of turnkey robotic order fulfillment and tire-handling solutions, has received its largest order ever in the intralogistics market from Mercadona, one of Spain’s leading grocery retailers.

Under the deal, worth over 120 million euros, Cimcorp will automate the distribution of fresh food at Mercadona’s new distribution centres located in Huévar (Seville), Sagunto (Valencia), San Isidro (Alicante) and Zaragoza.

The four DCs will serve over 600 of the retailer’s 1,630 supermarkets, so Cimcorp’s automated systems will ensure that fresh foods are available to some two million of the over five million households that shop at Mercadona.

Javier Blasco, warehouse purchasing coordinator for Mercadona, explained, “The main objective of these four centres will be to meet the demands of our stores, secure growth in perishable product sales and eliminate the overexertion that results from the manual handling of orders.”

Cimcorp previously supplied automation to Mercadona in 2013, when it implemented a fully automated order picking system for fresh produce at the retailer’s distribution center in Guadix, near Granada. However, this new project will be the first time that Cimcorp has acted as a system integrator.

Blasco commented, “Our previous experience with Cimcorp was positive, and the company’s professionalism—along with the support of a strong parent company like Murata Machinery—has led us to put our trust in Cimcorp as a partner for a project of this scale.”

All four of the new facilities will have two climate zones for fresh food: +3 degrees Celsius for packed meat products and +12 degrees Celsius for fruit and vegetables. “This order will cover several independent automation modules within each distribution center,” added Tuomisaari.

“All of the automation will be controlled by Cimcorp software, which integrates various technologies into a seamless system. If one module is out of operation for a while – such as when cleaning is performed – the others continue in operation to take care of the material flow.”

Mercadona, an in-store and online supermarket retailer, has over 1,600 supermarket stores throughout Spain. With over 85,000 employees– all with a stable, quality job – Mercadona serves some 5.3 million households in Spain every day. The company is planning to open its first stores in Portugal during 2019.