Sobeys to open Quebec DC

by MM&D staff

MONTREAL: Sobeys will begin construction of a new automated grocery distribution centre in the Montreal suburb of Terrebonne.

The distribution centre, scheduled to open in early 2013, will use the same technology as in the company’s Vaughan facility, which opened in 2009.

Sobeys said the new 470,000 sq. ft. facility will consolidate the company’s dry grocery distribution for Quebec, increasing warehouse and distribution capacity while reducing overall distribution costs and improving service to its customers and store network.

“We are taking advantage of the leading-edge technology that is transforming the food business in Europe and in North America, and that will become a must in our industry,” said Marc Poulin, president of operations for Sobeys Quebec. “This significant capital investment clearly demonstrates our intention to support a strong food distribution network and infrastructure in the Quebec market.”

The new facility will integrate WITRON Logistik Corp technology, which includes an automated picking and assembly system for improved product selection accuracy and the ability to customize store deliveries according to the unique store layout of each of the company’s retailers.

Sobeys also said it will close its Rivière-du-Loup distribution centre and convert its Rouyn-Noranda facility to a cross-docking platform.