The ADUSA Supply Chain network announced that more than 85% of the largest grocery retail supply chain on the East Coast, supporting the brands of Ahold Delhaize USA, will be self-distributed by the end of 2022. Ahold Delhaize USA’s retailers include Food Lion, Giant Food, The GIANT Company, Hannaford and Stop & Shop. Five additional distribution centers will be converted to the self-managed network in 2022, bringing the total number of network facilities to 25, up from 17 at the outset of the network’s three-year transformation.
The facilities that will transition into the ADUSA Supply Chain network in 2022 include distribution centers in Bethlehem, PA, York, PA, Chester, NY, and two fully automated frozen facilities in Mountville, PA, and Plainville, CT, opening in partnership with Americold. So far in 2021, the ADUSA Supply Chain network has converted procurement services for two facilities in Freetown, MA, into the self-managed network and will round out the year by opening two new distribution centers in Mauldin, SC, and Manchester, CT, as well as converting procurement services at facilities in Jessup, MD, and Carlisle, PA.
“This is one of the largest supply chain transformations ever undertaken in our industry,” said Chris Lewis, President of ADUSA Supply Chain. “Because of the commitment of our teams and a strong ecosystem of partners, we are on track to create not only one of the biggest supply chains on the East Coast, but the most efficient and effective.”
In addition to bringing a number of distribution centers online in the self-distributed network, the transformation also includes the deployment of innovative, artificial-intelligence enabled forecasting and replenishment technology, an integrated transportation management system and an integrated workforce management system, among other technology to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the network.
“We look forward to continuing to work with our partners in other Ahold Delhaize USA companies, the supplier community, our technology and operations providers and more to continue to the transformation and optimize the network for the future,” said Lewis.
Food Lion Expanding Pick Up Service
In other news, Food Lion announced the expansion of its Food Lion To Go grocery pick up service to 14 more stores in North Carolina and Virginia.
Customers can confirm availability and place orders through the Food Lion To Go website or the Food Lion To Go app. Shoppers can place an order and pick up their groceries on the same day. Customers 21 and older can also purchase their beer and wine through Food Lion To Go.
“Continuing to expand this service to more Food Lion stores is important to us and our customers,” said Evan Harding, director of digital and e-commerce at Food Lion. “We want to give our neighbors the option to shop through the channel they prefer, in-store or online, while still ensuring they have access to fresh groceries at affordable prices.”