The right automation solutions are enabling e-grocery providers to operate with the sustained throughput they need
Swisslog has strengthened its leading position in e-grocery automation solutions by landing two new projects for Rohlik, the fast-growing European e-grocery disruptor. The projects are part of the Rohlik 45 MEUR automation investments.
The pandemic has brought a major shift in grocery shopping patterns, with research suggesting that up to two-thirds of consumers changed their grocery shopping behavior. Now, industry analysts and grocers are projecting that for a significant percentage of the market these initially short-term adaptations will translate into long-term behavior changes.
“Automating e-grocery fulfillment enables significant productivity improvements compared to picking products from store shelves and eliminates in-store picker congestion. Automated micro-fulfillment centres help to reduce delivery costs and shorten the last mile and the time to consumer. They are also an ideal solution for fulfilling online orders for curbside pickup”, explained Jens Schmale, Head of Swisslog Region EMEA.
The right automation solutions are enabling e-grocery providers to operate with the sustained throughput they need, while also providing operational flexibility to accommodate demand peaks.
Rohlik is the European leader in e-grocery in Central Europe with over 850,000 customers across the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria and Germany. It achieved 101% year-on-year revenue growth in 2020.
Major projects in Prague and Vienna
One project for www.rohlik.cz in the Czech Republic is for its fulfillment center in Prague, due to be completed by the end of 2023. The e-grocery operations with the AutoStore technology, AutoStore technology, the Swisslog CycloneCarrierShuttle solution and Swisslog QuickMove conveyor system will be supported by the Swisslog SynQ Software.
“We are proud to be a main partner from Rohlik with our large and committed team with our expertise in software, AutoStore and integrated logistics solutions,” observed Schmale.
The other project for www.gurkerl.at in Austria is for its e-grocery fulfillment center in Vienna. This facility will also use Swisslog SynQ Software and AutoStore technology combined with Swisslog’s QuickMove modular conveyor system.