Kuehne + Nagel opens frozen foods DC in northern Italy
Kuehne + Nagel has opened a multiuser warehousing facility in northern Italy dedicated to the storage and distribution of frozen foods.
The new distribution center was constructed on a 45,000-square-meter plot at Casorate Primo, southwest of Milan, and provides more than 12,000 square meters of warehouse space and a temperature-controlled (-28'C) storage volume of 140,000 cubic meters across two cells. The Swiss logistics firm said the site would initially serve the 800 points of sale of retailers Eurospin, PAM and Billa across northern Italy. In a next phase of construction warehouse space can be extended to 17,000 square meters.
The facility is equipped with a grid-connected photovoltaic generator, and 8,000 square meters of solar panels have been installed on its roof. Additionally, it features radio frequency and voice picking technology.
“This new facility strengthens our logistics leadership in the retail sector, particularly in the growing frozen market,' said Ruggero Poli, national manager of Kuehne + Nagel Italia Srl. 'The utilization of modern technological solutions will allow us to provide our current and future customers with a high quality service combined with effective productivity and performance levels, leveraging the advantages of the multiuser concept. Furthermore, the photovoltaic system allows us to significantly reduce energy costs and underpins the attention that Kuehne + Nagel pays to environmental issues.”