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German food retailer Edeka plans to install 600 reverse vending machines in its stores to be used for the return of one-way and refillable containers, in addition to deploying several other self-service automation systems.
The deployment is part of a two-year contract that Hamburg, Germany-based Edeka signed with technology vendor Wincor-Nixdorf. “With this framework agreement, Wincor Nixdorf and Edeka underscore the long-lasting and successful cooperation between both companies,” says Jörn Förster, who is responsible at Wincor Nixdorf for the company’s reverse vending machine business.
The order also comprises a wide range of store technology, including compactors, as well as services such as installation, startup and service agreements. The 600 systems will be installed both in subsidiary-based operations associated with Edeka’s regional companies and in the group’s independent retail stores.
The Edeka Group operates 12,000 stores of varying formats throughout Germany.