On the way to operational excellence

Automation and robotics are becoming increasingly important with the digital change in logistics. Complex fulfillment processes, the interlocking of all channels in the Omnichannel business, high peak volumes, increasing delivery speeds and ever more individual customer requirements set limits to manual execution. Recurring and constant processes such as the storage and transfer of goods or order picking can often be handled more efficiently in an automated way.

For us, automation is an essential pillar of our comprehensive digitization strategy and an important step on the road to operational excellence. For this reason, the Automation and Future Readiness division was set up within the Logistics Engineering department to identify automation potential, evaluate technology offerings and innovations in the market, and integrate them into modern logistics concepts.

"The current technical hypes don't always have to come into play," says Ralph Bamberg, Director of the new division. "It is more important that the end result is an automation solution that is scalable, can be used globally and functions efficiently and reliably.

The combination of suitable automation solutions is based on the modular principle. Thus, a wide variety of modular solutions are put together for the respective customers in order to optimally meet the individual requirements. At the same time, the modular principle promotes the necessary standardization of automation components. A profound understanding of the needs of our customers and the associated processes is one of our greatest advantages. This enables us to convince our customers and grow together with them.

A wide variety of automation solutions are currently being successfully implemented at various locations. All these examples are in line with Arvato Supply Chain Solutions' digitization strategy, in which automation solutions for customers and locations play a key role.

Warehouse automation with AGV solutions

Arvato Supply Chain Solutions has started a multi-stage pilot project to automate its logistics center in Landsberg near Halle. In a first step, a driverless transport system (AGV) took over production disposal, the second step is almost complete.

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Further automation solutions

E-Commerce Hub for Online-Retailers

The state-of-the-art logistics center in inter-municipal Industrial Park Dorsten/Marl, which has 60,000 square meters of floor space with three building modules in its first expansion phase, is specifically designed to meet the current and future requirements of online retailing in both B2B and B2C transactions.

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Highly dynamic shuttle system boosts capacities

The VVA is expanding its capacity in the area of automatically ad hoc available article bins from 25,000 to over 60,000 places. At the heart of the expansion is a so-called highly dynamic shuttle system in the new, 21-metre-high extension to the high-bay warehouse. At the same time, the number of goods-to-person picking stations will be increased by 60 percent.

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Supply Chain Security: Camera-Technology for more Safety

Arvato Supply Chain Solutions is convinced that every process step can be improved through innovative solutions to guarantee a secure supply chain overall and a corresponding added value for its customers

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Data glasses: Pick-by-Vision

Data glasses as wearables are part of a technology that is increasingly becoming a trend in logistics: augmented reality (AR).

In cooperation with technology partner Picavi, Arvato Supply Chain Solutions has already taken the next step and successfully launched the innovation project "Pick-by-Vision" for Sennheiser at the Gütersloh site. 

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