Dematic, Groupe Robert to open cold storage facility in Quebec

Atlanta GA — Groupe Robert has partnered with Dematic to open a Quebec distribution centre.

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The facility features one of the tallest Dematic automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) for a 3PL facility in Canada, the companies said in a release, with 130-foot-tall cranes supporting fulfillment of fresh and frozen products from high-density cold storage. The solution makes Groupe Robert the first 3PL provider in Quebec with an automated warehouse for both fresh and frozen foods.

“We are incredibly excited about how this distribution centre will serve Quebec’s entire agri-food industry and enhance supply chain efficiency,” says Michel Robert, president and CEO of Groupe Robert. “We have a unique opportunity, in partnership with Dematic, to establish the warehouse as a base of operations for manufacturers looking to store and redistribute their products throughout North America. This facility is a symbol of our dedication to pushing boundaries, fostering growth and delivering unparalleled service to our customers.”

The facility’s AS/RS boasts a high-storage capacity of 60,000 pallets — 30,000 in fresh temperatures and 30,000 in frozen — and features a carbon dioxide refrigeration system and a low-oxygen system to manage fire hazards.

The facility’s heat recovery system uses heat generated by the refrigeration equipment to warm the distribution centre’s interior and melt snow.

“We are immensely proud to collaborate with Groupe Robert on such a tremendous project and to help them reach new heights in meeting their customer needs,” says Mike Larsson, president, Dematic, KION group executive board member. “Our strategic partnership reinforces our commitment to leading technological innovation in the food and beverage industry at large. Serving as a trusted partner in the opening of this Groupe Robert facility marks a new era of efficiency in service for their community.”

The project successfully completed in December 2023.