New fresh produce CDC designed to speed up delivery of products including fruit and vegetables to 700+ stores in Netherlands and Belgium

Jumbo CDC Nieuwegein

Jumbo’s new CDC in Nieuwegein

Dutch food retailer Jumbo has officially opened a new, automated central distribution centre for fresh produce including fruit and vegetables in Nieuwegein, Netherlands.

From the fourth quarter of 2024, the state-of-the-art facility will supply all 700+ Jumbo stores in the Netherlands and Belgium – as well as the company’s three online retail fulfillment centres – with items that have a minimum shelf-life of eight days.

According to the company, the facility has a total area of 40,000m2, can store up to 25,000 pallets, and is expected to save 15,000 truck journeys per year.

“We are very happy and proud that we can put the CDC Vers into use,” commented Karel de Jong, supply chain director at Jumbo. ”This distribution centre ensures that we can provide our customers with fresh products even more efficiently and faster.”

He added: “It makes us more flexible in adding range and makes us less dependent on what is a short labour market. Moreover, it contributes to our climate objectives because we now also deliver our fresh products from Nieuwegein to our stores.”

The new CDC is described as highly automated, incorporating robots and other technologies to pick, pack, and ship orders. This should help to improve efficiency and reduce waste.

The centre is also designed to be sustainable, with features such as solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and energy-efficient materials.

The opening of the new distribution center is a major milestone for Jumbo and is a testament to the company’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. The center is expected to have a significant impact on the way that Jumbo delivers fresh produce to its customers and will help the company to reduce its environmental impact.