Kroger Collaborates with KNAPP to Modernize and Expand Great Lakes Distribution Center

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The Kroger Co., (NYSE: KR) America’s largest grocery retailer, announced their agreement to deploy, expand, and enhance the capabilities and capacity of the retailer’s existing Great Lakes Distribution Center in Delaware, Ohio, together with KNAPP. The facility is currently being renovated to add modern state-of-the-art technology and is expected to be complete this summer.

Improved efficiency for store replenishment

The distribution center opened in 2003 and currently services 115 stores in central and northwest Ohio, as well as southeast Michigan and the Ohio River Valley region. During the renovation, the facility will expand by 130,000 square feet.

Tony Lucchino, Kroger’s vice president of supply chain and network strategy said of the agreement, “Kroger’s investment in KNAPP’s latest technology allows the Great Lakes Distribution Center to improve efficiency in replenishing our stores, enabling us to quickly deliver fresh food to our customers. The expansion of the facility is part of the ongoing transformation of our supply chain network, and this project will more than double our capacity while delivering innovation and scalability that can grow with demand.” He added, “This collaborative project will allow us to better serve customers in the region.”

Innovative combination of technologies

The site uses a unique combination of KNAPPs storage and picking system OSR Shuttle™ Evo that deliver grocery cases in an exact sequence to the picking and palletizing robot RUNPICK – delivering next generation efficiency and performance increases for Kroger’s supply chain network.

According to KNAPP Inc. CEO Josef Mentzer, “The technology investment in the Great Lakes Distribution Center has been designed to add a new level of flexibility to the Kroger supply chain network and deliver a resilient approach to investments in automation.”

Tom Homan, Delaware City Manager said of the expansion, “This transformation by Kroger will further improve the speed and service that the company delivers to its customers and reaffirms Delaware’s leading role in the region as a hub for logistics and distribution excellence.”

About The Kroger Co.

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), is Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to its purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. Across the Kroger family of companies are nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names. Kroger is committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. For more information, visit


KNAPP AG is a leading technology company and a global market leader providing intelligent intralogistics solutions and specialized software for production, distribution, and point-of-sale. With approximately 5000 employees worldwide, KNAPP delivers market leading, innovative, and custom-designed solutions in healthcare, retail, apparel, food, manufacturing, and ecommerce sectors. Our clients experience results that are flexible, resource efficient, ergonomic, and self-learning. The company’s North American headquarters are in Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit

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