Rimi Baltic improves retail supply chain by expanding central DC
Rimi Baltic replenishes 263 stores (Rimi Supermarkets, Rimi Hypermarkets and hard discount chains Supernetto/Säästumarket) in three countries, seven days a week. As the Baltic food retailer gradually outgrew its central distribution center (DC) in Riga, the efficiency and effectiveness of this logistics operation came under increasing pressure. With Groenewout’s support, Rimi Baltic has drawn up an ambitious expansion plan.
Aiga Priede, Logistic & Supply Chain Director at Rimi Baltic, sums up the project: “Thanks to the extra space and more logical layout, we expect an improvement in efficiency.”
The mission of Rimi Baltic, one of the biggest food retailers in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, is to make life in the Baltic States a little bit easier every day. To fulfill this mission, the company operates 104 supermarkets and 78 hypermarkets under the Rimi banner throughout those three countries, plus a further 81 discount stores under the Supernetto or Säästumarket name in Latvia and Estonia. All the stores are replenished seven days a week from the retailer’s five distribution centers, amounting to 91,000 square meters of warehouse space in total. Playing a central role in that network is the distribution center in the Latvian capital, Riga, from where goods are shipped to the distribution centers with a crossdocking function in Estonia and Lithuania.