With the digital transformation, automation and robotics are becoming increasingly important in logistics. When it comes to complex fulfilment processes, high peak volumes, increasing delivery speeds and more individual customer needs, more and more companies in the logistics industry are turning to innovative warehouse technology and automation.
As recurring and constant processes such as the storage and retrieval of goods or order picking can be handled more efficiently, Arvato Supply Chain Solutions is also driving the automation of its sites. On the way to being the international supply chain management company with the highest customer focus and the strongest IT and data expertise, warehouse automation is the next logical step.
Therefore, as part of the company's comprehensive digitalisation strategy, warehouse automation solutions are increasingly being implemented for various locations and customers.
Individually assembled Warehouse Automation
Arvato increasingly relies on standardised modules that can be individually combined into an overall concept for each project. In this way, the customer benefits on several levels:
- On the one hand, Arvato has standard solutions from leading providers such as KNAPP, SSI Schäfer or AutoStore. This means that know-how within the company can be accessed and solutions that have already been implemented can be used as a blueprint.
- On the other hand, these individual solutions are put together individually for each customer to form a complete solution. In this way, the best possible warehouse technology can be guaranteed for each project.
Massive Investment in the Future
Various automation solutions have already been successfully installed at several locations in the past year or are currently in the planning stage. "We are investing a mid-double-digit million amount in our distribution centres alone. In Harsewinkel, we are investing in a shuttle system, and at other international locations we are putting three state-of-the-art AutoStore solutions into operation," explains Thorsten Winkelmann, President Healthcare at Arvato Supply Chain Solutions. The aim of the new technologies is to optimise processes with complete transparency, to increase productivity and at the same time to further minimise the error rate.
Automation of Logistics Gains in Importance
Warehouse automation is becoming increasingly important and is one of the major focus areas at Arvato Supply Chain Solutions.
For this reason, there are a wide variety of projects across all industries that are intended to drive warehouse automation forward and thus raise it to a new level.
Andreas Barth, President Tech, explains in an interview which developments are driving automation at Arvato, how digitalization is helping and what the next important steps are.
On the road to operational excellence in our warehouses
In the Healthcare business unit, new state-of-the-art automation solutions are being implemented at several sites.
New AutoStore systems are being installed in Gennep (Netherlands), Hamburg (Germany) and Memphis (Tennessee, USA), a new shuttle system is being integrated into the processes in Harsewinkel, automated guided vehicles are being used and further adjustments are being made in the cold and ambient areas. Read more about the automation projects in the Healthcare business unit here.
Standardization in the warehouse creates whole new opportunities
As part of Arvato Supply Chain Solutions' automation strategy, standardization within warehouses plays a crucial role.
Does standardization then rule out individual concepts? Not necessarily! Bernhard Lembeck, Head of Future Warehouse at Arvato Supply Chain Solutions, explains in an interview why these concepts complement each other perfectly in the design of the supply chain and how we create an individual overall concept for each customer. Read more about our standardization strategy here.