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Knapp Automation Lands £18m John Lewis Contract

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20. April 2007

Biggest Deal in the Austrian Company’s History

Austrian company Knapp Logistik Automation GmbH has secured the contract for a new automated distribution centre (DC) for the John Lewis Partnership’s Department Store division. The £45m distribution centre in Milton Keynes is set to open in 2009 and will support the company’s plan to open 10 new shops in 10 years.

Knapp will supply the warehouse management system which will run the new centre. The DC will handle the smaller items that are sold in the department stores. The automation equipment will enable John Lewis to fulfil more items direct to customers from its central DCs, improving customer service and consolidating the company’s position as a leading multi-channel retailer.

Mike Cogger, MD of Knapp UK said: “Knapp is delighted about this opportunity. The final design for the new DC is a direct result of the long-term, intensive and close working partnership established between the Knapp and John Lewis project teams.”

Knapp has previously constructed a major warehouse for The Boots Company PLC in Nottingham and also updated the conveyor system at the Clarks distribution centre.

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