Spain: Alimerka invests in Cimcorp robotics

Cimcorp, a supplier of automation systems has landed a deal to automate the distribution of fresh produce for Spanish grocery retailer, Alimerka. The robotic systems at the company's Lugo de Llanera distribution centre will serve all 173 of Alimerka’s stores across Northwest Spain, They will also serve another dozen or so customers of its fresh produce distribution subsidiary, Codefrut.

Alimerka's CEO, Alejandro Fernández González: "We expect strict project management from Cimcorp in the implementation phase. We’ve seen what the company has done for other grocery retailers, and that the Cimcorp team understands the challenges with fresh produce. We cannot have any delays due to disruption. Over 150,000 families a day rely on food being available in our stores."

Around 120 tons of fresh produce pass through the aforementioned DC every day, six days a week, being handled in plastic crates to prevent bruising. Alimerka is also investing in preventive maintenance and 24/7 help desk support from Cimcorp. also quoted González as saying: "Automation comes with a price tag. But when you invest in high-quality automation, it ages well. Nevertheless, all automation has wearable parts that need to be replaced from time to time. Who better to maintain and repair the solution than the people who designed and installed it in the first place? We want to get the most out of this investment, so we want to take care of it in order that it will last several decades."

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