Mail order and e-commerce company, Joseph Witt GmbH, is investing €30 million in a new distribution centre in Weiden, Germany and has opted for FKI Logistex’ next generation sortation systems.
Due to be handed over in October 2008, the new 27,500 square metre facility will incorporate the new high-speed, high-accuracy systems two LS-4000CB cross-belt sorters and one LS-4000E tilt-tray sorter.
In the new Witt distribution centre, picked items will be placed manually out of a tote on the inductions and transferred to the cross-belt systems for automatic sorting, prior to conveying to 134 chutes. Following this stage, the sorted items will be parceled and conveyed to the tilt-tray unit for sorting based on destinations.
The LS-4000E sorts single-tray items up to one metre x one metre and weighing up to 50 kilograms, with functionality to sort larger items if required. The LS-4000CB sorter provides precise positioning and gentle handling, making it ideal for high-friction and fragile items and enabling it to perform exceptionally well in overnight delivery applications.
The compact footprint and modular design of the LS-4000E and LS-4000CB, featuring low sorter section height and up to six metres between supports, optimises the integration of the sorters into an existing facility. This space-saving design provides valuable, additional room above and below the sorter.
Joseph Witt GmbH was founded in 1907 and was acquired by the worldwide Otto Group in 1987. The company operates in the mail order, e-commerce, wholesale and retail trade, both in Germany and internationally. It employs some 2,300 people with 1,930 of these based in Weiden. In 2006/2007, Witt generated sales of €545 million.