Food Lion Deploys Retalix Yard Management Solution


Food Lion, a North-American subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group, implements the Retalix Yard Management platform at its headquarters distribution center in Salisbury, N.C. The retailer uses Retalix Yard Management system to automate the yard and dock management process through predictive logic and optimization algorithms. Using software engines and visibility tools, the system helps elimnate operational silos and synchronizes yard and dock activity with distribution center demand in real-time.

"The Retalix Yard Management system provides Food Lion with a solution to optimize our yard and dock labor resources," said Dennis McCoy, vice president of distribution for Food Lion. "By integrating the Retalix Transportation solution into our supply chain, we are able to directly reduce labor costs, improve resource utilization and ultimately eliminate inefficiencies that negatively impact the profitability of our operations."

The Salisbury facility serves more than 300 stores within the company's geographic footprint. Food Lion will continue to roll out the Retalix platform at its seven other distribution centers. This expansive network serves approximately 1,300 stores in 11 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states.

As part of this and subsequent implementations, Food Lion will use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in tandem with the Retalix solution. RFID readers are being installed at the entry and exit points of the company's distribution centers, and each of the nearly 2,000 trailers in the Food Lion fleet will be affixed with a rugged RFID tag, automating the processing of arrival and departure information.

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