This weekend, Ahold Delhaize USA started operations at its new distribution middle in Mauldin, S.C., acquired C&S Wholesale Grocers.
ADUSA Provide Chain, the retailer’s distribution arm, stated Monday that its first shipments on the Mauldin DC went out to 56 Meals Lion supermarkets on July 17. Dairy, contemporary and frozen merchandise have been the primary gadgets to start transport from the ability. When totally operational, the DC will fulfill grocery, contemporary, frozen, well being and sweetness care and break-pack shipments for almost 200 grocery shops, ADUSA reported.
The 1.1 million-square-foot distribution campus encompasses 9 buildings and a big coaching and convention middle. ADUSA stated the DC is without doubt one of the largest in its community.
Ahold Delhaize USA bought the Mauldin DC from C&S in Might. The transaction stemmed from the retailer’s June 2020 acquisition of 62 Bi-Lo and Harveys shops from Southeastern Grocers. The C&S facility had served as Bi-Lo’s distribution middle.
“The opening of the Mauldin distribution campus is one other vital step ahead in our work to remodel the ADUSA provide chain community, deepening our distribution attain into the Southeast,” Chris Lewis, president of ADUSA Provide Chain, stated in an announcement. “Persevering with to increase the community infrastructure is core to our capacity to serve manufacturers like Meals Lion that belief us to all the time ship to allow them to be there for his or her clients with contemporary, in-stock merchandise at any time when, wherever, nevertheless they wish to store.”
Additionally this yr, ADUSA Provide Chain is slated to open a brand new DC in Manchester, Conn., which can provide Ahold Delhaize USA’s Cease & Store.
Final month, Ahold Delhaize stated it has reached the midway level of a three-year provide chain transformation, by which the corporate now expects greater than 85% of its distribution community to be self-managed by the shut of 2022. Plans name for 5 extra DCs to be transformed to self-management subsequent yr, elevating the entire variety of built-in self-distribution services for retailer and e-commerce achievement to 25, up from 15 when the $480 million plan was introduced in December 2019.
Amenities transitioning to the ADUSA Provide Chain community in 2022 embrace DCs in Bethlehem and York, Pa.; Chester, N.Y.; and two totally automated frozen warehouses in Mountville, Pa., and Plainville, Conn., opening in partnership with chilly storage supplier Americold. ADUSA acquired the York and Chester warehouses from C&S, in addition to the lease for the C&S-run Bethlehem facility.
Most not too long ago, in March, ADUSA shifted procurement from the Freetown Grocery DC in Assonet, Mass., which provides Cease & Store, to the self-managed community. The transfer gave the 1.1 million-square-foot facility direct management of stock and replenishment. Plans name for DCs in Jessup, Md. (serving Big Meals), and Carlisle, Pa. (serving The Big Firm), to transition procurement providers to the self-distribution community in 2021.
ADUSA famous that it’s actively hiring in Mauldin and 17 different community areas. Since Might, greater than 250 associates have been employed and onboarded on the Mauldin campus, which can make use of greater than 800 in the area people. The corporate stated it’s looking for full-time workers for driver, selector, forklift operator, sanitation and services upkeep roles.
“It’s a good time to hitch ADUSA Distribution and ADUSA Transportation,” stated John Patriquin, SVP, ADUSA Distribution and Transportation. “There may be a substantial amount of funding going into the availability chain, and we pleasure ourselves on a tradition of look after our folks. We really consider our associates, who’ve served on the entrance strains throughout the pandemic, are in the present day’s superheroes. We’re actively hiring in Mauldin and in any respect of our different East Coast areas. We invite candidates to go to our jobs website and are available develop a profession with us.”
The Scarborough, Maine-based ADUSA Provide Chain household of firms consists of ADUSA Provide Chain Companies, ADUSA Distribution, ADUSA Transportation and ADUSA Procurement. The community serves the two,028 shops and e-commerce operations of Ahold Delhaize USA’s Cease & Store, Big Meals, Big/Martin’s, Meals Lion and Hannaford grocery chains on the East Coast.