VOLG

Company

The consumer goods distributor Volg Konsumwaren AG supply their products to some 550 Volg countryside markets, 290 privately owned retailers and to more than 70 petrol station shops in Switzerland. Depending on shop size, the countryside shops offer 2,500 - 5,000 products – mainly fresh produce such as fruit, vegetables, bread, milk and other dairy products as well as meat from certified producers. The range also includes provisions as well as a wide range of household and body care products. A distribution centre in Winterthur supplies all sales points with a full range of food and nonfood products, whereas the fresh produce centre in Landquart is the hub for fresh supplies.

Situation

Volg organises shipment to their customers 7 days a week. 750 roll containers are shipped on 22 trucks every week. In order to enlarge their capacities, the distributor decided to invest into a new distribution centre in Oberbipp which is to stock fresh produce.

Capabilities

  • Picking and delivery of small volume orders in line with delivery schedules
  • Coping with a large product range: 1,550 fresh produce references with different turnover frequencies
  • 1,050 picks per operator a day
  • Maximum stock duration of 2 days for fresh produce
  • Different storage areas are to be equipped with the optimum storage and picking solution:

    • Buffer stock for fruit, vegetables and flowers
    • Solution for buffering and picking meat, fish, eggs and bakery products
    • FIFO storage solution for unit loads

Solution

  • According to their specific turnover frequency, fresh produce is stocked in different picking areas
  • Goods are picked as individual products (single position storage) or as packaging units (off-pallet picking)
  • Easy access of goods on all storage levels

Customer benefits

  • „Reliable handling of deliveries from 80 suppliers, unhampered and secure in-feeding and retrieval of goods in separate loading and picking aisles
  • „„Optimum utilisation of the storage facility is a decisive factor in increasing productivity and efficient processing of small quantity orders
  • „„The number of customers served by the site at Oberbipp has risen by 25 %

GETRÄNKE ESSMANN

Company

Getränke Essmann, a provider of logistics services for the beverage industry, supplies customers from gastronomy, food trade, beverage retailers and wholesalers with a comprehensive range of beverages. Customers can choose from more than 2,000 beverage types and varieties with or without alcohol in single use bottles, deposit bottles and drums.

Situation

  • Growing variety of products due to the rising number of mixed beverages and diversified packaging options
  • The trend moves away from on tap serving and glass bottles to small-sized bottles and PET bottles
  • Increasing number of individual product picks due to higher order frequencies along with smaller batch sizes

Capabilities

  • Individual product picking has to be made more efficient
  • Fast movers must be permanently accessible
  • Expansion of storage capacities in line with growing variety of products
  • Compensation of seasonal peaks
  • The daily pick quota to be met is 15,000 beverage crates (A-items)

Solution

  • Picking installation with buffer levels
  • A picking tunnel provides direct access to fast movers (A-items)
  • Goods move gravity-driven to the picking face

Customer benefits

  • „The customer is now able stock a larger product range on the same storage surface
  • „„Separate loading and picking aisles
  • „„As goods move gravity-driven to the picking face (FIFO supply), picking is not interrupted by waiting times

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