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Caprabo, the Eroski Group’s logistics chain, has commissioned AR Racking to fit out its strategic and new logistics platform located in the Free Zone (Barcelona). The warehouse, which covers an area of 24,600 m2, completes together with the renovation of another of its distribution centres in the zone the strategic-logistics reorganisation carried out by Caprabo recently.
The facility, located in the Logistics Activities Area (ZAL) of the port of Barcelona, has an AR Racking adjustable pallet racking system that has generated 5,154 positions for europallets. It is a solution designed for storing pallets mechanically through the use of forklifts, greatly facilitating direct and immediate access to the unit loads. In addition, 137 carton flow rack levels have been integrated in the racking, facilitating the high-density storage of cartons and light products and enabling space saving and better stock rotation control. Furthermore, longspan shelving system was also installed for manual storage of medium-sized products.
The logistics platform is divided into 3 areas: 17,200 m2 for the fresh products platform, 3,400 m2 for the new Caprabo head office and a further 4,000 m2 for the online business. As Faustino Etxenagusia, Platform General Services Manager in Eroski, explains, “this new distribution centre is part of a strategic transformation process for Caprabo. With the ZAL platform together with the rest of our logistics structure, we can increase the number of fresh products that we manage by 50%”. He added that “the storage solution installed in a key warehouse like this will help us to simplify and greatly speed up the logistics of shipments to our stores”.
According to Xabier Rica, AR Racking Sales Representative for the Northern region, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands and Portugal, “after studying the customer’s needs, we concluded that the adjustable pallet racking system was the ideal solution for the logistics platform for several reasons: it saves time and effort in handling goods, resulting in quick stock rotation, and it is also an easily adaptable solution to changing needs”.
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