German grocers expand through taking up industrial space in Europe

Supermarket groups Lidl and REWE have bought warehouse space in the Netherlands and Germany


German supermarket giants Lidl and REWE are expanding their industrial footprints in Europe by moving into two new facilities. Lidl is opening a new logistics centre in Moerdijk in the southern Netherland. It has taken up a 10-year lease with developer DHG for a new logistics centre in the Netherlands for 42,839 square metres of warehouse space.

REWE’s facility is located in Henstedt-Ulzburg in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and measures 86,500 square metre. The distribution centre is to supply more than 350 stores across Northern Germany. The facility will stock over 12,000 items, including dry and fresh food.

According to REWE the facility will be able to pick 165,000 cases per day through automation technology from WITRON Logistik + Informatik.

“The most important reasons for this investment decision were both ecological and economic factors,2 said REWE’s Business Unit Manager Logistics National / Supply Chain Management, Matthias Bähr. “This includes a high level of cost-efficiency along the supply chain as well as a long-term guarantee of an excellent supply of our markets, even in times of crisis. Our sustainability strategy also includes other aspects such as ergonomic workstations, the reduction of CO2 emissions through optimally packed load carriers and, as a result, the reduction of trailer tours. “

Lidl for its part said it chose the site in the Netherlands as it had an urgent need for more space in the area and the site offers room for further expansion in the future.

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