Primed for further growth: Niemann+Frey expands logistics capacity with SSI Schaefer WAREHOUSING At its logistics centre in Krefeld/Germany, motorcycle and scooter parts wholesaler Niemann+Frey places great emphasis on a flexible warehouse logistics, allowing same-day dispatch of over 50,000 different spare parts. When equipping the warehouse with racks and work stations as well as the recently installed conveying systems and two Logimats for automatic storage and picking of small parts, the company once again turned to complete service provider SSI Schaefer. Spring at last – and once again motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the start of the season. Motorcycles and scooters are being dusted down, ready for the much-anticipated first outing of the year. But very often the road to happiness goes via a workshop where the vehicle can be inspected, and repaired if necessary, by a professional. If the mechanic needs spare parts, he knows he can rely on Niemann+Frey, as this wholesaler stocks a range of over 150,000 different spare parts and accessories for motorcycles and scooters. It always has 50,000 of these in its warehouse and therefore guarantees a 97% delivery rate. If spare parts are ordered by 4 p.m., they are dispatched on the same day and delivered overnight throughout Germany and to many parts of Europe. Nearly 80% of orders are now placed on the internet via the online shop. “The export business keeps us busy in the winter. But the summer months are very demanding for the people in logistics,” says Thomas Schild, Authorized Representative and Logistics Manager at Niemann+Frey, who admits: “I am constantly impressed by what f+h Intralogistics 2/2016
MULTIMEDIA CONTENT Other impressions about the introduced project 01 The automatic conveyor system connects the various picking stations on three levels with each other we achieve here on a daily basis. Over six tones of spare parts – right down to the smallest screw – are picked, packed and dispatched every day. At the same time, another six tones are received, recorded, stored and booked in so that they are ready for retailers as soon as possible. To achieve all this you need a top-quality team and flexible logistics.” Every day during the season the warehouse employees at Niemann+Frey pick around 750 orders, each averaging 9.5 items, and prepare them for dispatch. In February 2010 Niemann+Frey moved into a new warehouse in Krefeld with a modern storage area of approximately 7,500 m². In collaboration with SSI Schaefer, the company created eight work stations in the 600 m² goods-in area, a pallet racking system with 4,000 storage locations, a three-storey platform with longspan racking systems and 12,500 running metres of shelving, six packing stations, 16 lines for shipping, 10 dock levellers and eight loading ramps. But with two-figure growth rates year on year and the addition of new articles all the time, by 2014 the warehouse was already in danger of reaching its capacity limits, causing Gerd Frey and Thomas Schild to consider possible expansion – including the option of building on the adjacent reserve area. However, an alternative logistics concept developed jointly with SSI Schaefer promised a more attractive solution from both the economic and the environmental perspective. The proposal was for partial automation of the ware- How far will we go in our pursuit of outstanding quality? There are not enough words in the dictionary to express this. Each project is different and unique. STAHL CraneSystems’ engineers rise to every challenge, even one that appears to be insoluble. All around the world, we work hand in hand with anetwork of 9subsidiaries and over 140partners. That’sthe Art of Engineering. That’sSTAHL CraneSystems.