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Albert Heijn tests fully automated order system for its branches

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AMSTERDAM — Dutch grocery chain Albert Heijn is currently testing a new order system which directly links cash registers to the inventory system of its Pijnacker distribution centre, one of a number in the Netherlands supplying its stores. At set times the computers tabulate the items checked out and automatically create the order list. The products in the warehouse are then assembled for shipment to specific stores. One third of all the products are packaged by computer systems and shipped. Albert Heijn which in the past ran into distribution problems, will also have computers factoring in seasonal changes, weather conditions and strikes into its automatic supply system. If the tests are satisfactory, the store chain plans to install the system in all of its distribution centres. With the new system, customers will not need to stock up on their groceries as much since merchandise would be more regularly replenished.