The K-Citymarket Ruoholahti hypermarket was chosen to house the first automation-assisted collection system thanks to the store’s central location.
”We wanted to introduce automation first at K-Citymarket Ruoholahti, as the store’s central location in Helsinki translates into large customer volumes for online grocery that make utilising automation sensible”, says Antti Rajala, Director of eCom & Digital Services at Kesko.
K-Citymarket Ruoholahti is among the busiest K Group stores in terms of online grocery orders, thanks to long-term efforts by the store to develop the operations.
“We are thrilled to be involved in this project which is a pioneering one for Finnish online grocery. Online sales are an essential part of our store’s business, and more and more customers are making their everyday lives easier by shopping online. Once completed, the new system will also benefit customers at the store, as moving the collection of products back of the house means less congestion on the aisles,” says Tero Huhtala, the retailer of K-Citymarket Ruoholahti.
Construction at Ruoholahti has begun and will proceed in stages. The first construction stage will set up the facilities and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The second stage will cover the installation of the actual automation solutions. This stage is projected to be completed during H1/2022.
“As our partner in this project, we chose Dematic, as they have extensive experience of the Micro- Fulfilment Centre (MFC) concept that our future system will be based on. Dematic’s solution combines all the functionalities we seek, including the Warehouse Management System, the automation system proper, as well as 45 robots,” says Rajala.
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