Hamburg / DE. (kag) Austria’s Rewe International AG has chosen Körber AG’s Warehouse Management System (WMS) to be deployed across approximately 40 European locations. K.Motion WMS was chosen to optimize a complex process landscape, bringing maximum flexibility to meet the multi-layered demands of the food and drugstore retail industry.
Michael Brandl, EVP Operations Software EMEA at Körber Business Area Supply Chain: «Today’s supply chains face a myriad of complexities. These include sudden delivery bottlenecks, rising customer expectations, ever-larger product ranges as well as hybrid fulfillment concepts and labor shortage. This leads to higher demands on efficiency and transparency in logistics operations, for which digitized strategies are becoming indispensable in order to also tap new potentials of data use and analysis.»
The rollout will take place in two stages. In the pilot phase until mid-2025, Körber will implement the WMS at five locations for dry and fresh assortments, and cross docking. At the same time, the connection to Rewe’s existing ERP system will take place. The additional 35 locations will be converted with support from Körber through Rewe International. The go-live is anticipated by the year 2028.
«The decisive factor for us was the support from a strong partner like Körber with proven experience on an international level. The solution moreover allows our supply chain to meet not just the changing retail requirements of today – but also those lying ahead,» explains Manfred Mülleder, Project Lead WMS at Rewe International AG. «Just one example for this is the modern Business Process Engine of the WMS, which allows our business processes to be adapted flexibly and immediately without additional effort. With the software platform developed by Körber, we are looking positively into the future – and are optimally prepared for both upcoming automation projects and expected company growth.»
As part of the German Rewe Group, one of Europe’s leading trade and tourism groups, Rewe International AG is Austria’s leading local food and drugstore retailer with more than 2,600 stores operated by its trading companies Billa, Penny, Bipa and Adeg, as well as the online stores of Billa and Bipa. With around 45,300 employees, the company is one of Austria’s largest employers.
About Rewe International
Rewe International AG is Austria’s leading local food and drugstore retailer with more than 2,600 stores operated by its trading companies Billa, Penny, Bipa and Adeg, as well as the online stores of Billa and Bipa. With around 45,300 employees, the company is one of Austria’s largest employers. Rewe International AG is part of the German Rewe Group, one of the leading trade and tourism groups in Europe. In Austria, Rewe International AG owns a range of widely known private labels such as the organic brand Ja! Natürlich, clever, Wunderlinge, Da komm ich her!, Vegavita, Chefmenü, Simply Good, Wegenstein and bi good. The company also operates in the tourism market, with Billa Reisen, IST, Jahn Reisen and Transair. From its headquarters in Wiener Neudorf, Rewe International AG not only manages its Austrian business, but also the international food retail affairs of Rewe Group (Organisational Unit Handel International). Via supermarket retail brand Billa the company is represented in Bulgaria, Slovakia and Czech Republic, via discount retail brand Penny in Italy, Romania, Czech Republic, and Hungary, via the super market chain IKI in Lithuania, and with the drugstore retail brand Bipa in Croatia. Per 2021, the organisational unit Handel International worked about 89,200 people in 9 countries. More than 4,400 stores generated a gross net turnover of EUR 19 billion (Photo: Rewe International).