This blog will be my first writing in logistics at MGEPS at UPV , so as we in this course to talk about logistics in our life and i noticed that many of the ones writes about The logistics in Mercadona and Consum , so i decided to write about the Logistics in Lidl .
Lidl is a German chain of discount grocery stores that operates in numerous countries across Europe, in UK alone Lidl have about 568 outlets / supermarket stores. Lidl’s largest market is Germany where it competes with fellow German discounter and arch rival Aldi.
Lidl now they have over 10,500 stores and in 28 European areas, Lidl is a leading supermarket chain in the food distribution sector delivering fresh, quality produce across the UK with employing some 400,000 people.
i will focus on Lidl warehouse operations , there is a lot of jobs that are behind of product you see in the supermarkets .
watch out this video : Lidl Warehouse Operations
How do they differ from using pallet networks and what are the advantages of using this services?
they are one of only a few freight companies offering a truly one-stop-shop logistics solution for suppliers to the supermarket groups they serve, an integrated, timely, cost effective logistics service, If there are delays at point of delivery, they wait until it can be tipped, they do not pull out of the RDC due to delays and do not charge demurrage.
Direct Deliveries & Warehousing Group-age Services
warehouse is an exciting place to work because it sell million of products out each day , everyday they have this following process :
provide full trailer load & part load (group-age, consolidation, LTL) deliveries to Lidl in the UK. These distribution services are supplemented by differing range of warehousing services:
- Container De-stuffing
- Pallet Racking
- Reworking of Pallets
- Pick and Pack
- Labelling & Bar Coding
- Printing of Delivery Notes
- Part & Full Load Delivery
- Storage of any rejected Pallets
- Internal Storage of empty Pallets
- Consolidation of rejected loads & pallets for an economic return to the manufacturer/supplier.
- Delivery to food banks
Disadvantages of using Pallet Network system
- Pallet deliveries are expensive
- Haulier will not wait past 30 mins of booking time
- Goods get returned to hub and customer is charged for outward and return journey
- Goods need to be re-booked, customer receives notice of delivery failure
- Charged again for re-delivery
Operational Information – Lidl Warehousing:
- Deliver to each RDC six days per week
- 9 Loading / Offloading Bays
- 24/6 with Sundays 8-5pm
- Drop Trailer facilities
- Repack, Restack, Invert, Relabel facilities
- Warehouse based in Warrington, Cheshire
- Warehouse 45 minutes from Port of Liverpool
- Proof of Deliveries all have the customers logo on
Rejection of Full Loads at Lidl RDC’s
In the event of direct deliveries in FCL or FTL getting rejected at a Lidl RDC, they provide regional repack, re-stack & re-delivery services near to every Lidl RDC in the UK. This allows Lidl to take off what they are happy to do so and prevents the whole load getting rejected. then work with the shipper/importer etc. to find a local solution to allow fulfillment of the order.
regional warehouses are located strategically throughout the UK & Ireland. partner warehouses provide repack/restack / re-delivery services in locations near to every Lidl RDC in the UK & Ireland.
container & Trailer Services – Suppliers to Lidl
they work together with shipping lines and merchant hauliers to try and avoid quay rent. This is especially important during “specials” where high volumes combine with short lead times.they operate a drop and swap system to ensure maximum efficiencies in terms of shunting to and from the Port of Liverpool , also work with line & merchant haul from other UK Ports.
- Customs Clearance
- Duty Deferment
- Inland Haulage
- Full load collections from Europe