One of Europe’s leading retail chemists, Dm-Drogerie Markt (dm), has commissioned Swisslog to design and implement a new distribution center near Cologne. Swisslog will act as general contractor for the project, the value of which amounts to about €130m.
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,’ explains Michael J. Kolodziej, executive vice president of dm in charge of logistics.
Swisslog will be in charge of building the logistics areas, of integrating all warehouse and conveyor equipment, and will be responsible for the control systems of the 50 000 sq m 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 realisation of complex logistics projects,’ comments Remo Brunschwiler, Swisslog’s CEO.
The logistics centre will comprise of three parts: a picking area for carton goods and small goods, and a high-bay warehouse. 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 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 conveying of the bins to the goods-out area.
A high-bay warehouse up to 30m high with 14 000 pallet locations will be used for the temporary storage of palletised small goods and seven stacker cranes ensure supply to the picking area. 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.