In 2000: planning and implementation of the new location. Development of an innovative logistics concept completely separating the commissioning and packing processes. Structuring of the warehouse into different sections with buffer function and introduction of an ingenious transport routing system.
In 2015: planning and implementation of a building extension. Integration of the existing systems and processes into a new, more powerful logistics system for handling the fast growing product range and growing sales volume in B2C and B2B, particularly through e-commerce.
Conrad Electronic mails an average of 40,000 packages to over 150 countries every day – the new logistics will be able to process up to 100,000 packages per day during peak times.
One of the core components of the new system is the shuttle warehouse with 200,000 storage locations and up to 12,000 stock movements per hour. The majority of shipments are commissioned directly from the storage bin to the shipping carton in a single-stage process. 375 shuttles are in motion in the 15 shelf aisles, each of which is 60m long. When the item request necessitates it, the shuttles even switch levels by means of shuttle lifters.
A particular challenge was the fact that both store delivery and end-customer shipping draw goods from the same inventory – even from the same bin – in the shuttle warehouse. Precise commissioning strategies were needed to avoid bottlenecks and blockages.