Warehouse & Logistics

Wholesalers & Distributors

SpartanNash unloads 4 redundant distribution facilities for nearly $30M

The food company, which is a retailer, wholesaler and distributor, sold the temperature-controlled production and distribution facilities to Provender Partners, which intends to lease them to other grocers.

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UNFI opens distribution center in New Hampshire

The grocery wholesaler opened a 125,000-square-foot refrigerated distribution center in Londonderry, New Hampshire, to expand its capability to deliver products across the Northeast.

The new location, scheduled to open next Wednesday, will occupy one million square feet, continuing the natural and organic wholesaler's growth and capabilities in the greater Dallas area.

The retailer last month expanded its partnership with warehouse automation specialist Symbotic, which will see its tech implemented in all 42 of Walmart's regional distribution centers.

The distributor said the new 500,000-square-foot warehouse would serve Sprouts, Albertsons and other customers in the Phoenix and Las Vegas areas.

While COVID and related supply-chain and labor woes are directly affecting the wholesaler, UNFI's positioning also highlights its role as a solution, lifting optimism for fiscal 2022.

The National Grocers Association said the hours-of-service modifications, passed last year, are helping retailers weather ongoing supply-chain woes.

Advances in technology, labor pressures and the shift to digital have brought warehouse automation to the forefront, says Berkshire Grey’s Steve Johnson.

Chairman Rick Cohen said the acquisition will further strengthen the wholesaler's ties with Albertsons in frozen product, "as well as support a new relationship with Albertsons’ mid-Atlantic division."

New automation system "gets products onto shelves for our customers even faster while saving time for our associates," Walmart U.S. supply-chain executive Joe Metzger writes.

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