Home Centre opens fully automated warehouse

The warehouse features driverless vehicles for the first time in Saudi warehouses that will help in streamlining processes.
Updated 20 February 2019
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Home Centre opens fully automated warehouse

Landmark Arabia’s home retailer brand Home Centre has announced the successful commencement of work in its first fully automated national distribution center in Sudair (Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones — MODON), a developing industrial and technological city located approximately 120 kms away from Riyadh. A pilot initiative by Landmark Arabia, it is the first fully functional automated distribution center of its kind in Saudi Arabia that operates state-of-the-art AGVs (automated guided vehicles) in conjunction with automated conveyor systems. 

The new facility incorporates the latest technologies provided by Dematic N.V, promising safety, improved efficiency and productivity. It sits on an area of 150,000 square meter leased by Landmark Arabia from the MODON industrial area in Sudair. The 45,000-square-meter built-up semi-automated facility is ergonomically safe. The organization is also considering collaborations with other logistics partners for future investments. 

Mihin Shah, chief supply chain officer, Landmark Group, said: “By building smarter warehouses and investing in better technological infrastructure we want to ensure that our supply chains are operating at peak efficiency. The newly built automated distribution center in Sudair will also give the local staff a chance to learn the latest and emerging technologies, which is important for our business. As an organization, we believe that adopting new technologies and upskilling our employees are both critical elements that contribute to our success in this industry.”

The warehouse features driverless vehicles for the first time in Saudi warehouses that will help in streamlining processes.

In addition to ensuring less damage to goods and better inventory management, the automation of processes within the facility eliminates the possibility of any HSE (health, safety and environment) accidents that may arise while handling bulky furniture items. Currently, the Home Centre Saudi operations team has reported a multifold enhancement in picking.

Key positions in the distribution center operations, including that of HSE manager and security manager are currently being held by Saudi nationals. The application of artificial intelligence (AI) in day-to-day operations will further streamline processes and also create new-age job opportunities for Saudi youth.

Landmark Arabia was launched in the Kingdom in 1994. The group’s retail offerings include more than 10 homegrown brands such as Centrepoint, Babyshop, Shoe Mart, Lifestyle, Splash, Max, Home Centre, Home Box, Shoexpress, Iconic and hospitality brands like Fitness First.


Record-breaking attractions at LuLu Food Carnival

Updated 25 March 2019
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Record-breaking attractions at LuLu Food Carnival

LuLu Hypermarket is hosting a two-week food festival offering a wide variety of products and culinary treats inspired by flavors from around the world.
Food Carnival 2019 was launched on Sunday at the LuLu Hypermarket Murabba branch in Riyadh and runs until April 6.
On offer are a number of special deals on food products and exciting in-store activities such as cooking competitions, live cooking demos, free sampling, quiz contests and gigantic displays of food.
LuLu has partnered with Almarai and Guinness World Records to offer customers a chance to be the next Guinness World Records title holder. Customers can make an attempt to break up to nine world records, such as the fastest time to drink a 250-ml quantity of milk through a straw or the fastest time to stack cheeses. The Guinness World Records events will be held on March 29 at LuLu Hypermarket, Atyaf Mall, Riyadh; on March 30 at LuLu Mall Dammam; and on April 5 at LuLu Hypermarket, Marwah, Jeddah.
LuLu Director for Saudi Arabia Shehim Mohammed said: “LuLu has once again transformed into a culinary destination. This year, we have brought together a well-chosen product selection that will satisfy the lifestyle requirements of our customer base. This festival also celebrates the innovative spirit of our culinary talents with the support of top chefs in the country. People will have a chance to interact with celebrity chefs during the festival’s live cooking demonstrations. Super offers, such as product of the day, daily surprise, hourly offers, and so much more awaits our shoppers for the entire 14-day promotion.”