Hama, who specialises in accessories for multimedia, photo, consumer electronics and telecommunications, has commissioned Swisslog to design and implement a new logistics solution for the central logistics centre at its headquarters in Germany. The order value amounts to approximately £16 million.
By redesigning its picking system and shipping area, Hama aims to create the logistics conditions necessary for continuing growth that is closely tied to the fast availability of goods and ability to deliver. The innovative picking concept creates a high degree of flexibility alongside a significantly increased throughput performance. This allows Hama to respond to the changing requirements of its business partners while continuing to operate quickly and reliably. "Our concept for the distribution centre’s redesign enables us to cover Hama’s specific needs. Moreover, the integration of existing installations minimizes the new investments required by Hama," explains Daniel Fink, President of Swisslog’s Warehouse & Distribution Solutions division.
First SmartCarrier system in Germany
Hama is the first German company to deploy the innovative SmartCarrier light goods technology developed by Swisslog in the Servus Intralogistics joint venture. SmartCarrier is a warehousing and transport system that is used in highly dynamic buffer warehouses and for the modern integration of picking stations. Swisslog’s services as general contractor for logistics include the design, realisation and start-up of the renewed facility, including the provision of material handling equipment and controls. The project will be implemented in parallel to day-by-day operations. The new facility is planned to be operational in the first half of 2013.