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Warehousing Pierau Planung sets up multi-channel distribution center in Moscow 34 f+h Intralogistics 3/2014

After ten years of planning and consultation in Russia, Pierau Planung has become an expert in implementing tailored logistics and warehousing solutions according to Western European standards. Placing its trust in this expertise is Komus, the Russian manufacturer and retailer for office supplies and stationery, who has commissioned the German planning office (Hamburg) with the design and implementation of a new multichannel distribution center in Moscow’s Domodedowo. About Pierau Planung Pierau Unternehmensberatung GmbH is one of the leading planning offices for logistics and organization in Europe. For more than five decades, the company that was founded in 1961 has made a name for itself when it comes to logistic solutions. To this day, the planning experts have seen more than 1,000 projects in Europe and the Russian Federation come to fruition. In addition to its headquarters in Hamburg, the company is represented in Moscow and Istanbul, and has subsidiaries in England, Austria and Italy. Warehousing With more than 7,000 employees and 60 stores, Komus has the largest network of branch offices in 17 regions of Russia and is the official distributor for 110 well-known manufacturers from America, Europe and Asia. The company’s development in the early years of the new millennium pushed the then decentralized distribution center to its limits. This resulted in storage bottlenecks, as well as restricted performance in many processes. The scope of work assigned to the experts at Pierau Planung by the office supplies and stationery retailer proved to be challenging. It involved setting up a new distribution center with a logistics floor space of more than 60,000 m², designed for a processing capacity of more than 4,000 m³ a day. The project also included the development of a layout plan. As the selected site had a distinctive “L shape”, making maximum use of this “unfortunate” area, as well as optimally arranging the building based on logistical criteria, proved challenging. A trans-shipment center in Russia must have a railroad connection and this was thus also included in the plans. What resulted was a high-bay warehouse with more than 23,000 pallet bays, built as a narrow-aisle warehouse reaching 21.5 m in height. The reserve storage primarily supplies the shuttle warehouse with its 64,000 box and container storage spaces, however there is also a direct supply to the single unit picking in the manual pallet and shelf picking location. All processes in the new Komus warehouse will be planned and controlled by a newly developed warehouse management system. The challenge posed by this comprehensive concept was multi-channel processing, which was to facilitate the processing of large order quantities comprising entirely of pallets and boxes, as well as small order quantities in mixed boxes. Before any tendering process started for the equipment, all processes were simulated by Pierau Planung. Achieving project objectives The concept and its implementation presented Pierau Planung with an ambitious task: Komus expected a high level of flexibility and efficiency from the operating processes, an optimized process chain, as well as the elimination of capacity bottlenecks in the warehouse. The strategic competitive advantage of the company was also to be improved with an increase in order throughput and a high availability of stock. “Based on the references from Pierau Planung in the exact same sector in Western Europe, we were convinced that a significant increase in productivity would be possible in all areas,” explained Vasily Balabanow, Chief Operational Officer (COO) at Komus. With the centralization of all business processes, as well as the consolidation of orders in Domodedowo, located close to the largest airport in the Russian capital, Komus had the option of specialized sites. It was thus possible to completely process all compactproduct orders at the new site in Domodedowo. Other sites were then used for reserve storage or specifically for the processing of office furniture. Christian Berndt, Project Manager at Pierau Planung, summed up the experience as follows: “The advantages for Komus from the logistics concept implemented in Domodedowo are immense. We not only focused on increasing storage capacities and stock turnover, but also aimed at creating a modern, innovative multichannel distribution center for Komus, one that could hold its own against their Western European counterparts. And, together, that is exactly what we managed to do.” Photos: Pierau Planung Intralogistics Trade magazine for material flow and material management Imprint Editor in chief: Dipl.-Ing. Reiner Wesselowski (We) Email: Editorial board: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Winfried Bauer (WB), Holger Seybold (Sey), Dipl.-Ing. Manfred Weber (MW) Assistant editor: Svenja Fischer, Email: Design/Layout: Mario Wüst, Doris Buchenau, Anette Fröder, Melanie Lerch, Conny Grothe, Sonja Schirmer Managing editor: Dipl.-Ing. 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