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Zalando orders automation from KNAPP for new DC in the Netherlands
Christoph Lafer, Vice President of Retail Solutions for KNAPP AG

Zalando orders automation from KNAPP for new DC in the Netherlands

Europe’s leading online fashion platform, Zalando, has commissioned KNAPP to automate its new 140,000 m² distribution centre near Rotterdam, which will serve customers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain and the UK.

200 million euro investment

The new e-commerce DC in Bleiswijk will feature a combination of KNAPP’s shuttle storage and pocket sortation technology, giving it the highest degree of automation of all of Zalando’s nine logistics locations. The retailer is investing some 200 million euros in the overall project, which constitutes an important step in Zalando’s growth strategy: by 2023/2024, the company wants to achieve gross sales of 20 billion euros.

Space for 16 million items

Construction of Zalando’s first warehouse in the Netherlands began this summer and the facility is scheduled to begin operation in two years, creating 1500 new jobs in the medium term. The DC will provide space for around 16 million articles, with several hundred thousand items leaving the warehouse on peak days.

An integrated system that combines KNAPP’s OSR ShuttleTM technology with the pocket sorter system from KNAPP subsidiary, Dürkopp Fördertechnik, will ensure maximum efficiency and flexibility for Zalando. “We have a longstanding partnership with Zalando,” explained Sigurd Völker, Managing Director of Dürkopp Fördertechnik GmbH, “during which we have made great strides by implementing pocket sorter systems for three large-scale projects. I’m very pleased that the KNAPP group can help Zalando further their business with an integrated overall concept.”

Faster deliveries

Seamless integration for the fulfilment of orders for hanging garments and flat-packed goods is what makes KNAPP stand out as a partner in logistics automation for the fashion sector. The company’s pocket sorter efficiently integrates diverse systems such as the OSR ShuttleTM Evo, the returns buffer and manual processes in the warehouse. “Thanks to the sophisticated technologies, the warehouse in Rotterdam will enable us to deliver orders faster to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg,” said Carl-Friedrich zu Knyphausen, Head of Logistics Development at Zalando.

Christoph Lafer, Vice President of Retail Solutions for KNAPP AG, added, “We are delighted that Zalando has chosen such a visionary solution and that the KNAPP group has now also come on board to join Dürkopp and Zalando. As a system supplier, we are their first point of contact in all phases of the project from commissioning to implementation and maintenance of the entire system, which is definitely a further advantage for Zalando.”

More about Zalando

Zalando is Europe’s leading online platform for fashion and lifestyle, connecting customers, brands and partners. Founded in Berlin as an online shoe shop in 2008, Zalando now offers a range of more than 400,000 products – including clothing, shoes, accessories and cosmetics – to over 28 million active customers in 17 countries. The article range includes over 2000 brands from world-renowned international companies as well as local labels. Zalando has 14,000 employees and achieved net sales of 5.4 billion euros in 2018.

More about KNAPP

KNAPP is a leading technology company and provides intelligent solutions for distribution and production. Together with its subsidiary, Dürkopp Fördertechnik in Bielefeld, the KNAPP group has customers that include renowned fashion brands such as Hugo Boss, Olymp, Parfums Christian Dior, Esprit and Marc Cain. In the past business year, the KNAPP group invested around 48 million euros in research and development. The company has around 4500 employees worldwide, with over 2100 at its headquarters in Hart bei Graz, Austria.

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