Depending on the task, we develop optimal storage concepts for you with the right automation technology and at the best possible location for you. Building solutions, attractive financing options and possible utilisation models are all part of our portfolio. Upon customer request, we also take on the role of general planning, including building planning and all architectural services. From an independent and neutral point of view, we support you in the selection of storage technology and its manufacturer and accompany you until commissioning. High-performance IT applications for warehouse management and material flow control are also essential components of our consultancy services. Use of Industry 4.0 and digitalisation solutions to implement highly efficient warehouse processes is a particular focus for us.
A range of automated solutions are available to ensure outstanding warehouse and order picking performances. There are all kinds of manual racking systems, classic automatic small parts warehouses and shuttle warehouses, each of which has particular benefits within certain application scenarios. Not only will modern shuttle technology handle storage and removal processes, it will also manage transports to the necessary destinations within manufacturing and assembly. Our proprietary solutions, developed in several projects across various industries and application cases, provide essential advantages. For instance, there is no handling stage between order picking in transport, hence leading to a reduction in logistical costs. The shuttle vehicles also manage on-transport of semi-finished products or the storage of finished products.
Growth or modernisation necessitates a new warehouse/logistics centre which should, ideally, be planned and designed according to the particular, individual requirements. The inclusion of highly automated warehousing and picking technology can quickly turn the plan into an investment-heavy project involving exacting demands and making savings potential essential for a positive business case. A modern and attractive solution for reducing or possibly completely avoiding investment costs and nevertheless realising an in-house logistics property is the “sale and lease back” approach. This involves the company incorporating a property it already owns or a new one to be acquired together with the concept for the new construction of the warehouse into a special-purpose company to be established by the company itself. A financing partner and lessor is its principal shareholder, whilst the company planning the new warehouse acquires a limited partnership as the lessee. The warehouse to be established is thus leased for a definite time-frame and can either be reabsorbed as company property after a certain period by means of a so-called access option through dissolution of the special-purpose company or, alternatively, leased further or repurposed for third-party utilisation. This “sale and lease back with access” approach is a very attractive solution, especially given the current interest situation and financing partners’ high degree of readiness to invest, and is one that is encouraging ever more companies to realise a new warehouse.
The possibilities for executing the warehouse construction or reorganisation projects are diverse. From a best-of-breed approach with self-responsibility to overall responsibility of a general contractor: there are various options available. To summarise, the roles are differentiated as follows: The general planer operates with a neutral and independent eye in terms of solutions and providers with a view to the employment of warehouse technology and materials handling and implementation of suitable real estate. The general contractor stands for a turn-key solution and assumes the project risk. However, this involves not insignificant costs and most are no longer quite independent in their conceptual decisions since they are often closely affiliated with various manufacturers of the technology involved. Below is a brief comparison:
Whether it's for restructuring, optimisation or planning of warehouses & logistics centres – we analyse, plan and assess all aspects to identify process quality, feasibility, efficiency and viability. This is how we support you in the design and implementation of sustainably economical warehouse logistics.