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Tesco distribution centre invests £8m in Knapp technology

23. July 2007

Home entertainment supplier and merchandiser Handleman UK Limited has opened a new multi-million pound automated distribution centre in Bolton to supply Tesco stores throughout the UK with CDs, DVDs and games.              


The distribution centre houses approximately 19,000 picking locations and 11,000 pallet racking locations. A total of £17 million has been invested in this new venture, from which over £8 million has been invested in sophisticated automation equipment – designed and installed by Austrian firm Knapp , acting as general contractor and systems integrator – using the very latest technologies to create an operation which will manage around 80 million units of product in its first year.

The opening of the 275,000 square foot distribution centre, which is capable of operating 24 hours, seven days a week, has created over 200 jobs in the local area and a further 1,000 in the related national field merchandising sales team.

The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Walter Hall, who officially opened the facility, commented: “This is great news for Bolton and the local economy and demonstrates the Council’s commitment to working with the private sector to attract major inward investment to the town."

This deal is the latest in a string of multi-million pound contracts Knapp has secured in the UK. The Austrian automation specialist already provides automation technology for major distribution centres for Boots, John Lewis andOcado .  

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