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Lidl and REWE take on new distribution centres

German supermarket groups Lidl and REWE have acquired new warehouse space.

The discount grocer Lidl has signed a 10-year lease with developer DHG for a new logistics centre in the Netherlands. The deal concerns 42,839 square metres of warehouse space, 4731 of mezzanine and 350 of office space.

The site is located in Moerdijk in the southern Netherlands. DHG is currently developing other logistics units on the site, which Lidl may expand into in the future.

Lidl chose the site due to its location and the possibility of expanding into these other units, as well as the fact that it became available in the very short term.

German supermarket REWE has opened a new automated distribution centre in Henstedt-Ulzburg,

The 86,500 square metre site will supply more than 350 stores across Northern Germany. The facility will stock over 12,000 items, including dry and fresh food.

Using automation technology from WITRON Logistik + Informatik, the company will be able to pick up to 165,000 cases on a peak day.

REWE’s Business Unit Manager Logistics National / Supply Chain Management, Matthias Bähr, said: “The most important reasons for this investment decision were both ecological and economic factors.

“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. “