Lidl to build its biggest ever Hungarian logistics centre in Ecser - VIDEO REPORT
2020. 07. 14.
Lidl is establishing its fourth Hungarian logistics centre in the town of Ecser, Pest county. The new facility that will be created in the framework of an EUR 100 million investment project will supply the stores located in or near the city of Budapest, serves as a guarantee that in the following years Lidl will continue to grow as one of the major employers in Hungary.
The German retail company, established in the 1930s, has grown to become the biggest discount supermarket chain in the European market and is present in 30 countries today. 2004 saw Lidl open 12 new stores and its first logistics centre in Hungary, whereas today it operates 183 stores and employs more than 7,000 people countrywide. Over the last one and a half decades the German company has not only managed to take a leading role in the discount store market, but with respect to its turnover, it has become the most dynamically growing company in the market of food retail chains. Lidl pays special attention to Hungarian suppliers – today, it is cooperating with more than 300 local suppliers with a view to supporting the country's economy and increasing its competitiveness. As a result, the proportion of Hungarian products is nearly 60% in its local stores.
Lidl Hungary's investment will see the establishment of its fourth logistics centre in the country, which – as the biggest warehouse of the chain complementing the work of the other three facilities of Székesfehérvár, Szigetszentmiklós and Hejőkürt – will serve the stores located in or near the city of Budapest. Everyday tasks in the 62,000 square metre facility will be supported by automated handling processes and innovative storage systems (voice picking; rolling, multi-tier racking systems). According to the plans, the centre will open at the end of 2021, and will enable Lidl to create 400 new jobs, which will mean a 50% increase in the number of people employed by the company's logistics centres in Hungary.