State of the art facility first of its kind in Québec food industry
MONTREAL, Jan. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Sobeys Inc. today announced it will
begin construction of a new automated grocery distribution centre in
the Montréal suburb of Terrebonne, QC. The distribution centre,
scheduled to open in early 2013, will make use of the same
state-of-the-art technology used in the company's Vaughan, ON facility
which opened in 2009.
The 470,000 sq. ft. facility will consolidate all of the company's dry
grocery distribution for the province of Quebec, significantly
increasing Sobeys warehouse and distribution capacity while reducing
overall distribution costs and improving service to its 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
Operations, Sobeys Québec. "This significant capital investment clearly
demonstrates our intention to support a strong food distribution
network and infrastructure in the Québec 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
As part of this consolidation, Sobeys has also announced that it will
close its Rivière-du-Loup distribution centre and convert its
Rouyn-Noranda facility to a cross-docking platform. The company will
also refocus the mandates of its Montréal-North, Boucherville and
Québec City distribution centres and is currently evaluating the impact
to employees of the changes at those facilities. Implementation of
these changes is planned for early 2013. Announcing the decision two
years in advance demonstrates the company's intention to ensure a
smooth transition for its employees, retailers and suppliers.
The realignment of Sobeys Québec distribution network aims to improve
service at store level and provide customers with a value- added
shopping experience unique to the Quebéc food market. Those interested
in learning more about the technology that will used in this new
distribution centre can watch the video titled Delivering the Future at: http://www.sobeyscorporate.com/en/video.aspx.
About Sobeys Inc.
Sobeys Inc. is a leading national grocery retailer and food distributor
headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. A wholly-owned subsidiary of
Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than
1,300 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include
Sobeys, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Price Chopper and Thrifty Foods, as
well as Lawtons Drug Stores. Sobeys Inc. is committed to providing the
most worthwhile experience for its customers, employees, franchisees,
suppliers and shareholders. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be
found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.
SOURCE Sobeys Québec
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