Domino’s Pizza to relocate DC to Nieuwegein

Domino’s Pizza is moving its main facility to the Dutch city of Nieuwegein. The new distribution center (DC), comprising approx. 18,000 square meters, is being built at the Het Klooster business park and is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2020. The existing facility in Gorinchem combines warehousing with the daily production of the fresh dough that is used for the company’s pizza bases, and those manufacturing activities will soon be extended to...

Hollister’s Job Sonke named as Dutch Logistics Manager of the Year 2018

As logistics manager at Hollister – an independent company headquartered in the USA that develops, manufactures and markets healthcare products worldwide – Job Sonke is responsible for the European distribution center. Job not only coordinated the centralization of Hollister’s distribution activities in 2007, but also the transition to a larger distribution center in 2016. Groenewout is proud to have worked together with Job on both those logistics projects. “Job is a true logistics professional. He...

Alain Beerens becomes new Managing Director of Groenewout

Mari van Kuijk (left) and Alain Beerens Groenewout is a logistics consultancy firm specializing in advice, implementation and optimization relating to logistics and supply chain networks and processes in all industries. As the new Managing Director, Alain Beerens is now responsible for the day-to-day management of Groenewout. As of 1 April 2019, Alain Beerens has taken over the role of Managing Director from Mari van Kuijk, who had held that position since 2007. Alain has been

Logistics Webshop of the Year

The preparations are well under way for the Dutch Logistics Webshop of the Year award 2019: 20 april:  Deadline for applications 13 june:    Shortlisted candidates will pitch themselves to the expert jury at Emerce in Amsterdam 26 june:   Announcement of the winner of the Logistics Webshop of the Year award during the event E-commerce Live! Online stores in the Netherlands are competing for the title of ‘Logistics Webshop of the Year’ by benchmarking their...

What are the latest technological developments in (automated) packing?

On 4 April, Groenewout’s Dirk Becks will be speaking during the ‘Automation 2019, the future of automated applications for packaging and logistics’ event at the Brabanthallen venue in the Dutch city of Den Bosch. The growth of e-fulfilment is increasing the labor intensity per order due to the manual work involved in packing an order, handling returns flows and extra value-added services. Therefore, in view of the current labor shortage, it can be worthwhile to...

How to stay in control when developing new logistics real estate?

Hotel Nassau in Breda, the Netherlands, provided a stunning setting for the Groenewout inspiration session on ‘Logistics new-build projects’ on 11 December. The attendees could choose between three breakout sessions: staying in control, WELL certification, and the financial aspect of new-build projects. “Events like these are a brief escape from the everyday chaos.” Mari van Kuijk opened the session with a word of welcome for the 50 attendees – primarily logistics professionals from property developers, investors...

Groenewout participates in UP 2 Consultancy Case Day

On 15 November, UniPartners Eindhoven held the third edition of UP 2 Consultancy. UniPartners Eindhoven is an academic consultancy firm aimed at offering students work experience and giving companies access to up-to-date academic knowledge. This year’s edition of UP 2 Consultancy was attended by 70 students who were all keen to learn more about the varied world of consultancy. Alain Beerens and Dennis van Steen from Groenewout gave the students a taste of supply chain consulting....

Blokker creates new omnichannel distribution center

Blokker is transforming its traditional distribution center (DC) in the Dutch city of Geldermalsen into an omnichannel DC. This marks an important step in the retailer’s redesign of its logistics activities in order to keep pace with the changing consumer market. The new DC in Geldermalsen will further improve the company’s alignment with the e-commerce trend and enable Blokker to further optimize its store replenishment activities. The logistics concept, which integrates the online and offline...

Food retailers opt for automation

In quick succession, five different Dutch supermarket chains have recently decided to partly or fully automate their distribution centers. At Albert Heijn, Jumbo, Plus, Hoogvliet and Spar, activities that up until now have been performed by hundreds of order pickers will soon be taken care of by a complex system of robots and conveyors. Why are food retailers suddenly so interested in automation? In an article in Warehouse Totaal, Groenewout’s expert Arthur Zondervan weighs...

‘Business Meets Business’ debate: the dynamics of logistics

The future of the logistics sector in the Dutch province of Brabant looks bright, but companies that fail to think far enough ahead are at risk of missing the boat. To safeguard its long-term future in today’s climate, a logistics business must be willing and able to innovate and collaborate. Besides that, one of the biggest challenges for the sector in the years ahead will be sustainability. Another challenge will be the shortage of...