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Ahold Delhaize USA this week announced plans "to transform and expand U.S. supply chain operations over the next three years by investing $480 million, including leases." The investment, the company says, "supports a strategy to transition the supply chain network into a fully-integrated, self-distribution model. The move includes the acquisition of three warehouse assets from C&S Wholesale Grocers and new leases on another two facilities.

"In addition, Ahold Delhaize USA will partner with various companies to build two fully-automated frozen facilities. The initiative will provide the infrastructure needed to support aggressive omnichannel growth plans."

Included in the company's three-year plan: Ahold Delhaize USA will "increase distribution presence with seven new and acquired warehouses, including two fully-automated frozen facilities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic … pursue optimal facility locations near the local brands of Ahold Delhaize USA and their customers, enabling local product expansion, increased product freshness and speed of delivery … innovate in warehouse design, including transforming facilities to enhance automation and leverage technology advancements, such as an integrated transportation management system and end-to-end forecasting and replenishment technology, designed to support the omnichannel experience and multi-channel growth … continue to build upon relationships with vendors and suppliers, and through the integration, further deepen partnerships to enhance service, quality, innovation and efficiencies; and expand Ahold Delhaize USA companies’ presence in local markets and reaffirm local community connections through the expected creation of hundreds of jobs in local communities, including positions in support offices."
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