Sunday 21st Oct 2018 - Logistics Manager Magazine

Retail commission for Swisslog

dm-drogerie markt has commissioned Swisslog, to design and implement a new dm-distribution centre near Cologne, Germany. Swisslog will act as general contractor for the project, which is valued at some 130m euros.

The logistics centre will take over the functions of the existing distribution centres in Weilerswist (carton goods) and Meckenheim (small goods).

“By combining the two locations while adding capacity we fulfil the logistic preconditions for the continuous expansion of our retail network,” says Michael Kolodziej executive vice president of dm in charge of logistics.

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 sq m distribution centre.

During 2003-4, the Swiss company implemented the dm-distribution centre in Waghäusel in the Baden region.

Just like at the Waghäusel facility, the picking system in Weilerswist is Swisslog’s CaddyPick 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 warehouse of 30 metres height with 14,000 pallet locations will be used for the temporary storage of still palletised 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 system.