ALDI Nord orders 2500 Wincor Nixdorf reverse vending machines

Source: Wincor Nixdorf

Wincor Nixdorf AG has received an order from Essen-based ALDI Nord, one of Germany's biggest retail chains, for 2,500 reverse vending machines to handle one-way containers at the company's stores.

This is the company's biggest order to date in this growing market. In light of the new German deposit regulation for cans due in 2006, self-service systems that accept one-way containers and refund the deposit are becoming increasingly important. As a supplier of self-service and automation solutions for retail chain stores, Wincor Nixdorf has already prepared for this by extending its portfolio of solutions accordingly. The installation of the ordered systems is due to begin in January 2006 and should be completed by April 2006.

The second stage of the deposit regulation for cans in Germany will take effect as of May 1, 2006 and will no longer allow isolated solutions. This means that retail companies selling cans, PET or one-way containers that are subject to a deposit must not only accept their own empties, but also those of other suppliers. This is an advantage for consumers, as they will be able to reclaim the deposit for their empties in more stores than was possible before.

The systems that were ordered are of the ReVendo 7000 type. This is a standalone system for the acceptance of one-way containers, such as PET bottles and cans, with integrated compactors and sorting options, which are essential for accepting one-way containers.

With the ReVendo product family for the return of bottles and crates, Wincor Nixdorf is able to contribute to considerable cost reductions in retailing. This is due to the integration of reverse vending machines with the existing IT infrastructure of the store via a standardized, open and freely available software interface. This interface enables link-up to nearly all POS systems and consequently direct posting and crediting of the deposit. Thanks to the transfer of receipt data to the POS system, inventory discrepancies are reduced effectively and the daily accounts can be passed on to the system automatically.

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