Zellik: Depot of the future
At the reverse logistics distribution centre Zellik in Belgium, Euro Pool System and Delhaize have formed a partnership to optimise the use of reusable carriers within Delhaize’s supply chain. In 2018, Zellik won the prestigious Supply Chain Award for ‘Project of the year’. This prize is awarded for the innovative ideas that enhance the efficiency of the supply chain. With reverse logistics, direct transport from the retailer to the distribution centre is realised, resulting in a significant reduction in transport kilometres. Furthermore, Zellik is the first service centre where wash water is purified and reused in the cleaning process – reducing water consumption by 70%. These innovations result in a reduction of both the carbon footprint and the water demand of the service centres.