One of the most modern logistics facilities in Europe to be built for MEUR 130
Buchs/Aarau and Karlsruhe, 21 December 2007 – dm-drogerie markt (dm) has commissioned Swisslog, a provider of integrated logistics solutions, to design and implement a new dm-distribution center near Cologne, Germany. Swisslog will act as general contractor for this project, the value of which amounts to about MEUR 130.
The contract was signed by dm-founder Professor Götz W. Werner, Executive Vice President of dm in charge of logistics Michael J. Kolodziej and the representatives of Swisslog AG Francis Meier (Managing Director), Frank Obschonka and Hans Buser (both Sales Manager).The new logistics center will assume the functions of the existing distribution centers in Weilerswist (carton goods) and Meckenheim (small goods). “By combining the two locations while adding capacity we fulfill the logistic preconditions for the continuous expansion of our retail network,” Michael J. Kolodziej explains the largest single investment in company history.
A logistics center of 50 000 m2
Swisslog will be in charge of building the various logistics areas, of integrating all warehouse and conveyor equipment, and it will be responsible for the control systems of the 50 000 m2
distribution center. Construction work accounts for about half of the project volume. “We are pleased to carry out a major strategic order for dm-drogerie markt once again, thereby being
able to prove our competence and experience in the realization of complex logistics projects,”
Swisslog CEO Remo Brunschwiler comments on the order. During 2003-2004, the Swiss
company had already implemented the dm-distribution center in Waghäusel in the Baden region.
With a picking warehouse for carton goods and small goods, respectively, as well as a high-bay warehouse, the logistics center will comprise of three parts. The picking warehouse for carton
goods accommodates 20 000 pallets and features 13 stacker cranes. Just like at the Waghäusel facility, the picking solution in Weilerswist is Swisslog's CaddyPickTM system which is based on an electrical monorail system. The picking warehouse for small goods has a capacity of 140 000 locations. 52 stacker cranes handle the warehousing from the goods-in area, the supply to the picking zone, and the conveyance of the bins to the goods-out area. A high-bay
warehouse of 30 meters altitude with 14 000 pallet locations will be used for the temporary
storage of still palletized small goods. Seven stacker cranes ensure the supply to the picking warehouse. The co-ordination of all the goods flows in the respective functional areas is
provided for by the Swisslog material flow solution, which includes an interface to dm's
warehouse management system. Construction work is scheduled for beginning of 2008 and the
new facility is planned to be operational by the end of 2009.
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