India, 03 January 2017
State-of-the-art DC of Mahindra & Mahindra designed and realized by Miebach India Goes Live
The international vehicle manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) Limited, headquartered in Mumbai, India, has awarded Miebach India with a certification of appreciation for their contribution in planning and realizing a new spare parts distribution centre in Jaipur, Rajasthan
The new regional distribution centre for the company's spare parts business unit was inaugurated by Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., on 21 November 2016. During the opening ceremony he awarded Miebach with the certification of appreciation for designing and realizing the state-of-the-art PDC. He tweeted saying "Impressed with the scale, process and technology" after the inauguration of the facility.
Jaipur regional parts distribution centre measures up to 20,000 square metres will serve approximately 700 customers. The conceptualization to realization of the facility happened over a period of 26 months with an investment of 18 million USD. The state-of-the-art facility has achieved same day fulfilment of orders at double the productivity, one-third error rates and ~ 15% to 20% better storage density in comparison to their existing distribution centres.
For more information about the project please contact Sriram Venkataramanan (email@example.com).
About Mahindra & Mahindra:
Mahindra and Mahindra Limited is an Indian multinational automobile manufacturing corporation headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It is one of the largest vehicle manufacturers by production in India and one of the largest manufacturer of tractors in the world. It is a part of Mahindra Group, an Indian conglomerate. Please find more information about the company here.
Germany, 01 December 2016
Schaeffler invests 120 million euros in central warehouse
Schaeffler is modernizing the logistics of its industry division, optimizing processes and increasing delivery capability in order to supply their customers even faster and more reliably. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new central warehouse in Kitzingen symbolizes the achievement of the next milestone. Miebach Consulting supported the logistics and construction planning and will also provide support during the implementation phase.
In order to be able to supply their customers faster and more reliably Schaeffler is building a new logistics center in Kitzingen. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on the 5th October in ConneKT-Park and was carried out by representatives from Schaeffler and the involved companies Max Bögl/Mauss Bau (ARGE) and SSI Schäfer as well as Stefan Güntner, the mayor of Kitzingen.
Oliver Jung, Director of Production, Logistics and Purchasing at Schaeffler, stated, "We chose Kitzingen as the new site for our central warehouse due to the good location factors. We're currently picking up momentum."
The first customer deliveries will probably start mid-2018. Around 200 people will be employed in the new central warehouse. The total sum of investments is about 120 million euros.
"The new central warehouse in Kitzingen is the final component of our logistics project in the industry division. Our goal is to modernize the logistics activities particularly in the industry section, to optimize existing processes and to increase our delivery performance", said project manager Gregor Luft.
"During the conception of the new distribution center we focused on ergonomic and efficient workplaces as well as modular expandability", reported Miebach Consulting project controller Christian Bauersfeld.
Headquarters of European warehouse network
The new Schaeffler central warehouse will be the headquarters location of Schaeffler's European warehouse network. So far, there are already two central warehouses in the European Distribution Center (EDC) network: one located in Arlandastad (Sweden), to serve Northern Europe, the other one located in Carisio, Italy, to distribute to South Europe. The DC in Sweden opened in March 2015 whereas the DC in Italy was put into operation in May 2016. Both warehouses have been supplying their customers faster and more reliably ever since.
The new distribution center in Kitzingen has a floor space of 15.000 square meters, part of which is built on a mezzanine, offering an overall storage space of 22.000 square meters. The high-bay warehouse with a height of 38 meters and 28.000 pallet bays and the automated tote warehouse with 93.000 container spaces are connected with the combined Pick & Pack workplaces via an in-floor conveyor system. Schaeffler's standard products will be ready for delivery within 24 to 48 hours after receipt of order. Customer orders can be dispatched up to two hours before the departure of trucks.
The next steps
Earth works and civil engineering will take place during the upcoming months and a roofing ceremony is planned for May 2017. The official opening is scheduled for the end of 2017.
Mexico, 03 November 2016
Logistics consolidation plan for Merck and Sigma-Aldrich
Merck, a German leader in the development of technology for chemical and pharmaceutical solutions for Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials, has re-designed their DC in Mexico in order to complete consolidation of logistics operations of Sigma-Aldrich across multiple Latin American countries. The American company Sigma-Aldrich is dedicated to the chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing of research material and was acquired by Merck in late 2015.
Merck contracted Miebach Consulting Mexico to select the best alternative for consolidating logistics operations in the distribution center in Mexico. The analysis was based on different business scenarios, to size the future capacity of the DC, and to estimate a level of investment for the selected solution, considering the national and international safety standards for storage and handling of hazardous and non-hazardous products.
According to Thalia Bernal, Head of Merck Sub-Region Mexico - ISC Operations, to collaborate with Miebach Consulting in this important project was a positive experience, also because of the commitment of Miebach for the project despite schedule restrictions. Miebach's experience in similar projects in other countries handling hazardous products also represented a guarantee in obtaining the desired results. The solution will enable the required storage conditions, covering the safety requirements, the expected sales growth, and providing better service for the benefit of Merck's customers.
Within the scope of the project, inbound and outbound flows of Merck and Sigma-Aldrich, as well as the stock and the number of positions, were analyzed. After assessing the current situation, the volume of the operation was brought to future scenarios for the years 2020 and 2024 for each type of product and business unit. These were made in order to analyze different integration scenarios, their impact on built-up areas, as well as investments.
Different layout alternatives and a masterplan were developed considering rooms for dangerous products and for temperature controlled materials, as well as storage areas of high density and of small products. Guidelines of safety, health and environment such as EHS, local rules (NOM), international rules (NFPA) and also corporative Merck guidelines were taken as a basis. After validation of these layouts, the estimation of investment was evaluated. It was identified that between the different scenarios there was only a 7% difference in total costs of the warehouse.
For more information about the project, please contact Jorge Ribas (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For further information on Merck's acquired company Sigma-Alderich, please visit the company's website.
Phone +1 317-423-3126
USA, Canada, 03 November 2016
Nearshoring Study Expands to Include US and Canada
Increasing customer demands on product and service in today's globalized society are creating a new trend: nearshoring. The more localized production within the framework of nearshoring enables companies to respond to customer needs with shorter delivery times and higher flexibility.
Miebach Consulting began conducting a survey in July in Europe and Latin America to explore how the supply chain can be aligned to implement nearshoring efficiently. The study assesses the relevant factors for supporting the decision and give an outlook on future tendencies.
Due to the nature of the early findings, Miebach has expanded the survey to include the US and Canada to gather additional information from companies in this geographic region.
Market participants in the logistics and manufacturing industries are encouraged to take part in this survey. The online questionnaire will take about 15 minutes to complete. All submitted information is strictly confidential and will serve exclusively as base of data for the empirical part of our anonymized study. The survey will be available until end of November 2016. Link to online questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/NearShoringCNDandUS
In return for your participation, respondents will receive the complete results report.
For further inquiries please contact Bernd Müller-Dauppert, director of the market segment manufacturing & high-tech (e-mail: email@example.com).
México, 29 July 2016
NEW OPERATING MODEL FOR L'Oréal DISTRIBUTION CENTER
L'Oréal is a global leader in the production and distribution of cosmetics and personal care products, present in 140 countries with a unique portfolio of 32 international and complementary brands. Currently L'Oreal Mexico is conducting a reengineering project at its distribution center, also known as Centrex, with the aim of extending its life by increasing storage density, since its current storage capacity cannot meet the increase estimated by the business units flows. In this situation, the company requested a proposal from Miebach Consulting professional services to determine the new operating model of the distribution center for the next 10 years at lower cost.
The project was divided into three stages, first to determine the base size for the next 10 years and evaluating alternative reductions in Centrex stock by creating regional warehouses or by separating business units.
Subsequently, 2 storage techniques were chosen to handle the products of the 5 divisions found in Centrex: 16% of the positions will remain as a simple selective for goods exported to box level, 1% for flammable products and the remaining 83% narrow technique for storage of products of the 5 divisions hall was recommended.
A new area will also be implemented in Centrex to double the picking unit, which will result in increased picking fronts and release positions in racks to implement the technique mentioned above narrow corridor.
The last stage is the implementation plan, in 4 phases over the next 10 years. For each year the investments required by L'Oreal Mexico and for each phase activities and modifications to the operation necessary for the implementation of the proposed techniques mentioned are outlined.
As a result of the project, a storage technique which allows an increase of at least 20% in the pallet storage capacity in selected positions. Also, the new operating model will allow a reduction of up to 25% of the projected cost per unit processed in Centrex.
More information about L'Oréal Mexico on its website.
More information about the project: firstname.lastname@example.org
Germany, 28 July 2016
Start of the Miebach survey on nearshoring
The ever-growing customer demands on product and service in today's globalized society are the reason for a new trend: nearshoring. The local production within the framework of nearshoring enables companies to respond to customer needs with shorter delivery times and higher flexibility.
By conducting this survey, Miebach Consulting will investigate how the supply chain can be aligned to implement nearshoring efficiently. The study assesses the relevant factors for supporting the decision and give an outlook on future tendencies.
Market participants in the logistics and manufacturing industries are encouraged to take part in this survey. The online questionnaire will take about 15 minutes to complete. All submitted information is strictly confidential and will serve exclusively as base of data for the empirical part of our anonymized study. The survey will be available until end of November 2016. Link to online questionnaire: https://de.surveymonkey.com/r/study-nearshoring
In return for your participation, respondents will receive the complete results report.
For further inquiries please contact Bernd Müller-Dauppert, director of the market segment manufacturing & high-tech (e-mail: email@example.com).
México, 28 July 2016
MIEBACH CONSULTING MEXICO: SUPPORT DURING THE TRANSITION TO NESTLE ICE CREAM VALLEJO
Grupo Herdez Mexican is a multinational company dedicated to the food and beverage industry which has positioned itself as the undisputed leader in the market, including frozen yogurt. It occupies one of the first places in the category of Mexican food in the United States. Following its recent purchase by the Nestlé Ice Cream division, they asked Miebach Consulting Mexico a proposal for the optimal solution for the integration of its operations, number of locations, and flow storage capabilities, as well as the definition of an optimal operation scheme to manage integrated finished product flows.
Diagnosis of the situation, current flow and the development of support for the closure of operations on the premises of Nestlé before December 1, 2015 served as key inputs to define the best solution for facilities design, as well as the feasibility and adaptations of existing facilities.
The draft layouts were designed to expand the storage finished plant in Lagos de Moreno, and the adaptation of the new Distribution Center in Vallejo, while the operations facilities covered the flow and inventories of finished products from Ice Cream Nestle, from the receipt of production plants, storage, order picking / shipping, shipping to transport customers and distribution. For the operations in the Regional CD Culiacan, Monterrey and Tijuana, cross-docking was taken as the standard to be replicated in the rest of the network. Auxiliary areas, such as yard and closure trucks, battery charging equipment, cold areas, administrative offices, and restrooms / locker were also included in the designs.
During the project, the design supported operations-critical nodes of the national network of distribution of ice cream and closing operations in Nestle facilities prior to the dates involved in the purchase.
As a result of the project they were obtained the following benefits:
- The number of positions and required capacities were increased by 70%
- 5 locations analyzed with their respective flows and required capabilities
More information about Grupo Herdez on its website.
More information about the project: firstname.lastname@example.org
Germany, United Kingdom, 06 July 2016
Global supply chain consultancy expands into UK
Miebach Consulting has entered the UK market with an office in Maidstone, Kent. The expansion not only affords companies in the UK better access to Miebach's services, but the strategic location also enables global companies to draw on its resources to better connect with the UK and Europe.
The UK office will be managed by Peter Surtees, former Kimberley-Clark European Supply Chain Director, who was awarded the prestigious CILT Sir Robert Lawrence Award for an outstanding and sustained contribution to the profession of logistics in 2010.
Peter said: "Miebach is an excellent company that I am proud to bring to the UK. We take a holistic approach to a client's supply chain, with strategy, business processes and logistics all equally important. Our cross-border reach will be especially useful as the fallout from the 'Brexit' referendum forces companies to redress their international supply chain management to comply with new rules and regulations."
Established in Germany in 1973, Miebach Consulting provides services across the end-to-end supply chain. The company's global network and multi-sector experience provides an unrivaled strength and depth of knowledge for formulating innovative solutions to customer supply chain challenges. Miebach employs a worldwide network of experts with local knowledge, both sector and functional, to support projects. The company's 20 office locations include Indianapolis, Shanghai, Sao Paolo, Bangalore, Dammam and a head office in Germany. For further information: www.miebach.com/en/company/. For enquiries please contact Peter Surtees: email@example.com, +44 1622 683118.
Portugal, 01 July 2016
Miebach Participates in the 3rd International Health Seminar Organized by GS1 Portugal
Global head of the pharmaceutical sector at Miebach Consulting, Martin Eckert, participated at the International Health Seminar held in Lisbon on June 23rd. Mr. Eckert presented the primary findings of the study on trends in the pharmaceutical industry which has been recently developed by the company on a European level.
The objective of the seminar, attended by over 70 participants, was to bring together key players and stakeholders in the value chain of health in Portugal, together for the first time after the publication of Counterfeit Medicines Directive (2011/62 / EU), which sets the guidelines for serialization of medicines and which takes effect in less than three years.
Martin Eckert was one of the speakers of the day and focused his lecture on the results of the pharmaceutical logistics study developed by Miebach Consulting. According to that study, some of the highlights for the pharmaceutical industry are the impact of the latest amendments to the guidelines of the GdP since November 2013 (76% of respondents), the product counterfeit (74%) and two measures to combat it: the implementation of tracking and tracing systems (82%) and serialization (73%). Serialization is one of the issues that generate greater concern, as it is still a pending challenge by the lack of information and the short timeframe announced for implementation.
Eckert spoke about the implications of the implementation of the new EU directive on the supply chains of the pharmaceutical industry, concerning the scope of products, the responsibilities of different key players, the specific requirements of each country, the need to increase visibility across the supply chain and the deliveries in the different channels.
The program of the day included many other conferences by: Guy Villax, President of the RX-360 consortium and CEO of Hovione, Tania Snioch, Director of Health of the global office of GS1, Joan Cahill, Pfizer (representing EPFIA ), Nuno Loureiro, CHLN logistics director, Ana Margarida Freitas, from José de Mello Saúde, Henrique Gil Martins, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the PMSC, Rui Ivo, vice president of Infarmed, etc.
About GS1 Portugal
(CODIPOR - Portuguese Association identification and product coding)
GS1 Portugal - CODIPOR - is the entity that introduced bar codes in Portugal 30 years ago. It is a private, neutral, non-profit organization and also member of the global organization GS1. Founded in 1985 by producers and distributors, it is currently leading the development of standards and best business practices, acting as a facilitator of the value chain.
GS1 Portugal is one of the largest business associations in Portugal, bringing together approximately 7,700 member companies, from raw material producers to distributors, including brand manufacturers, industry associations and technology providers - in order to develop, adopt and implement global standards revolutionize the way we do business.
More information: http://www.gs1pt.org
United States, 29 April 2016
Miebach Participates in MODEX 2016
Earlier this month in Atlanta, GA, Miebach was pleased to participate once again at MODEX, sponsored by MHI. The largest international expo of its kind held in North America and acclaimed as the “greatest supply chain show on Earth”, it attracted nearly 25,000 attendees from over 100 countries and six continents.
Over 800 exhibitors were featured, covering all areas of the supply chain from equipment and IT systems, material handling, and logistics solutions for manufacturing, assembly and distribution.
In addition to speaking with many attendees during the 4 day event in our booth, Miebach presented three educational seminars. Nearly 100 sessions regarding current trends, best practices, high-tech equipment and leading technology solutions were available throughout the week.
Our session, “Designing the Ideal Supply Chain Network for the Future” presented on both Tuesday and Thursday with Jason Brewer from Llamasoft, was very impactful for attendees. One gentleman claimed "it was the best presentation he had ever seen at a supply chain conference", and that it "completely changed the way he would approach his supply chain." Our third session, “Falling Barriers and Trends with Automation in North America” was equally well attended and received.
Video of the session presentations are available and can be requested by email from firstname.lastname@example.org
Germany, 18 April 2016
Challenges ahead! Miebach pharma study 2016 reveals supply chain trends
The study brochure about the new Miebach pharma survey 2016 with 256 participants is now available. The results show: The pharmaceutical industry is giving its supply chain and logistics a much greater importance than in the past. The top subjects in the pharmaceutical logistics are end-to-end supply chain visibility and optimizing the distribution networks. The increasing volume of refrigerated and frozen products and serialization of product codes are further challenges supply chain managers are facing.
“Our European study clearly shows that most pharmaceutical companies see the European market as a whole region, while national borders are becoming less important, except for specific legislation or distribution channels” – says Martin Eckert, Global Pharma Expert & Director, Miebach Consulting. Optimization of the distribution network has grown very much in importance (from 76 % to 86 %). The initiatives are aiming to transform many national networks into one more efficient and transparent European network, alongside with other many issues.
Topics like improving supplier management (86 %), end-to-end supply chain visibility (93 %), improving forecasting accuracy (84 %) and track & trace (82 %) are some of the most significant issues for the management, very much in line with the previous Miebach pharma study from 2012. Optimization through automation (64 %), outsourcing (62 %) and constructing new warehouses compliant with GxP guidelines (54 %) are also important topics.
The full study report including derived recommendations for action (in English language) can be obtained here.
Germany, 11 March 2016
Successful résumé of LogiMAT 2016
The international logistics fair, LogiMAT, has ended with a record attendance of 43,000 interested visitors. For Miebach Consulting, the fair was also very succesful: with guests from Benelux, Germany, Saudi-Arabia and Spain, internationality could be experienced and new opportunities for collaboration were discussed.
On the second trade fair day FRIATEC, specialists for pipeline joining technology, gave a best-practice speech together with Miebach Consulting about "FRIATEC next generation logistics and products - efficiency with a new Miebach solution". Markus Marsch, representative head of the logistics division at FRIATEC, gave insights into planning and implementation of the new, highly dynamic logistics center at the company headquarters in Mannheim. Bernhard Stock, member of the management board at Miebach, illustrated highlights and added-value of the innovative solution.
"The logistics center assures our future growth and meets the demanding service level with faster order throughput time for our customers." – said Markus Marsch about the advantages of the new DC.
FRIATEC decided to commission Miebach Consulting as general planner to bundle responsibility of logistics and construction planning and implementation to ensure an ideal overall solution regarding logistics and invest at the same time.
With an area of 4,400 square meters and a height of 35 meters, the plant provides space for approximately 12,000 pallets. Five storage and retrieval systems move between the 21 levels of the automated high bay warehouse. Fast supply times achieve a utilization level of 97% at picking work stations.
Further information about the LogiMAT trade fair can be found on the event homepage.
Germany, 03 March 2016
Launch of new Miebach website
Miebach Consulting, a global supply chain engineering leader, announced today the launch of their newly updated website. The redesigned site offers our visitors a robust and comprehensive look on all devices into the various services that Miebach provides through updated content and a number of project excerpts. The new site enables a much more customizable experience, to learn about the Miebach services for a particular industry, a specific aspect of the supply chain, and their international team of consultants.
“Challenge meet Solution”
With the relaunch, Miebach wants to strengthen their global brand with new slogans about how we work with customers, as well as focusing on our internationality. The new site content is published in three primary languages, English, German and Spanish, to reach a wider range of readers. Additionally, location information is available for each of their 18 countries in the local language or dialect. This focus on reaching local customers underscores Miebach’s commitment to making global supply chain solutions available to every client.
“We are happy to announce the launch of our new website. It will strengthen our Miebach brand and create an increased user experience. Our intention was to offer a very quick and individual glance on information according to our clients’ needs and to easily reach out to global and local contact persons with ideal expertise for answering their questions.”
- Jürgen Hess, CEO of Miebach Consulting Group, responsible for Asia, Europe and USA.
Jorge Motjé, CEO of Miebach Consulting Group, responsible for the Latin American region and Spain, adds:
“With the launch of a state-of-the-art website we hope to convey in a more professional and interactive way the full potential that our company offers its customers. The new website will be our primary channel to communicate our thought leadership in supply chain engineering and to support our social media activities”
Miebach’s new website will be regularly updated with local news items, events where we are participating, awards, recent projects, and downloadable content such as market studies and whitepapers. Visitors are encouraged to explore the new site at www.miebach.com.
Argentina, 22 February 2016
Retailer Falabella Argentina optimises distribution center to meet e-commerce requirements
In line with the development of new sales and distribution channels the retailer Falabella Argentina decided to optimize its distribution center located in Benavídez (Buenos Aires area). Miebach Consulting Argentina supported Falabella from concept planning to implementation.
Within the 17,000 m² distribution center (DC), the project team incorporated a specific area of 5,000 m² on two levels, designed to meet the logistics requirements of e-commerce orders, also called multi- or omni-channel operations. To achieve this, Miebach Consulting Argentina designed a masterplan for the entire site, and supported tendering and construction in 2013. The optimized DC has been inaugurated on 8 April 2014.
Project manager Martin Layun, director of Miebach Consulting Argentina, states: “Falabella Argentina manages a stable average of 17,000 SKUs, while throughout the year they may reach 80,000 SKUs. With the new e-commerce area, Falabella Argentina is now able to meet future growth requirements in the omni-channel business.”
The e-commerce area consists of a mezzanine on two levels – the area is equipped with a conveyor belt with five picking stations. Picking is done in plastic buckets which are conveyed to the packing station. There, packing in cartons for distribution as well as customizing is done (eg. adding cards, ribbons or decorations). After that, the carton will be automatically classified for shipping (12 outputs) or will be conveyed to an area of consolidation (e.g. if the order combines a small product from this picking area with a large one, from a different area).
The order can be delivered directly to the customer's address, or will be transported to a branch of the logistics operator or to a point of sale of Falabella.
For more information about the project, please contact: email@example.com
Please find more information about Falabella Argentina on their website.
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Phone +34 93 2401-300
Germany, 17 November 2015
The worker as success factor
The 5th Miebach Theme day Fashion and Lifestyle focused on the worker as success factor. A critical comparative advantage in the Supply Chain of Fashion and Lifestyle enterprises are highly motivated employees and an efficient organization. However, the worker as a success factor for Supply Chain Excellence is often not recognized. The 5th Miebach Fashion & Lifestyle day on November 19th, 2015 was dedicated to this subject and presented strategies and measurements, how workers, technology and organization can ideally be coordinated. A total of 30 participants – fashion retailer and 3PLs - came together to the conference at the Steigenberger Airport Hotel.
“Ideal” organization, launch management, motivators – factors for satisfied and efficiently working employees
How organizational resilience can be used to find an answer to the challenges of the VUCA world (VUCA = volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) was illustrated by Thomas Krebs, responsible for the competence field Supply Chain Processes. The development and maintenance of a, in the sense of resilience, ideal logistics organization must be understood as a permanent management business. This change management should equally take strategy, culture and organization into account. The involvement of employees is highly important, in all phases. “Only joint understanding enables to work on a qualitative difference to the current process state and to fill this with life, even after implementation”, said Thomas Krebs.
Launch management was subject of the lecture of Markus Sauer, Consultant in the competence field People & Organization. He explained in his speech the reason for inefficient and turbulent launches and showed success factors for the prosperous go-live, in the following. He was especially emphasizing the change management and how employees in this regard can be used as enablers for further success. In the following Sauer was examining the customer project MyToys. Here, a successful realization of a lasting launch strategy for the training of more than 600 new logistics employees ensured the service level in the Christmas business.
In her lecture “Is money everything? Employee motivation in logistics”, Irene Wagner, Senior Consultant in the competence field Supply Chain Processes, made clear that employees can be motivated through monetary incentives, however do raises or regular bonus payment only have a short term effect. “For a long term development of the motivation are factors like career options, working atmosphere, feedback culture and participation in target agreements more reasonable and should be considered for personnel management”, said Wagner. When companies decide to introduce a premium system, they need to draw attention to having the employee ratios defined, comprehensible, transparent and accessible.
Near Time Fulfillment at Peter Hahn, optimized personnel deployment through simulation
Gerhard Krauth, head of the logistic department, gave, in the user presentation at Peter Hahn, an overview of the project “Near Time Fulfillment” (NTF) to maintain the economic growth. Core of the project was the optimization of the order management based on adaptation of the flow of material through simulation. The conversion to an online invoicing (printing on demand), the print of picking labels and invoices at the place of packing, as well as a consistent invoice layout were further control levers for the implementation of the NTF-Strategy. The way the simulation helped the order management, as well as the personnel planning at Peter Hahn precisely, was described in the following by Kamel Klibi, head of the competence field simulation. With “just one press of a button” all responsible logistics employees receive information about the current and prospected occupancy of e.g. the commissioning or packing department and can react faster to personnel bottle necks or idle times.
User Gerhardt Krauth about the advantages of the introduced tool: “The simulation model enables us to plan precisely and control the personnel deployment pinpoint. Thereby we can optimize our labor cost in the logistics center Winterbach and reduce downtimes.”
Timo Willberger, Sales Manager Fashion, drew a conclusion at the end of the event: “Only through appreciation and mindfulness towards their employees, companies can, in times of Industry 4.0, place the quality at the market and at the customer and thereby generate real competitive advantage”.
The 6th Miebach Fashion and Lifestyle-day is planned for November 17th, 2016. Further information can be retrieved from Timo Willberger.
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Phone +49 69 273992-0
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Spain/Portugal, 02 November 2015
Unicer wins “Prémio Excelência Logistica” Award 2015
Unicer received the (PEL) 2015, which aims to help promote and stimulate the development of logistics in Portugal, providing public recognition to professionals and organizations that contribute to its progress. The award was given to Pedro Alves, Logistics Project and Process Manager at Unicer at the 18th Congreso de Logística de Portugal (Congress of Logistics in Portugal), held in Lisbon, on October 28.
Miebach Consulting developed the global logistics project plan that Unicer began in 2013, and for which the company received this award given annually by the Associação Portuguesa Logistics (APLOG) and the Logística Moderna magazine.
Unicer is the largest company in the beverages sector in Portugal and produces and distributes beer, bottled water, refreshing juices and wine. In addition, Unicer commercializes third party products. Some of its leading brands are: Super Bock, Carlsberg, Pedras Salgadas, Vitalis, Caramulo, Frutis o Quinta do Minho, among others.
The project in collaboration with Miebach Consulting began in 2013 and consisted of three stages: preliminary logistical design, detailed design, tender and technical assistance during the phases of implementation and initial operation of the new facilities.
Unicer has ten production centers spread throughout Portugal and has decided, two years ago, to remodel its supply chain, centralizing beer production and distribution logistics nearby the brewery in Leça do Balio (Porto).
In a first phase, the remodeling involved the expansion of production capacity and bottling, with a subsequently increased flow of full and empty pallets in the production environment. In the second phase, Unicer contacted Miebach Consulting for the realization of the preliminary design of the plant in Leça do Balio. Specifically, Miebach defined requirements for the flows of goods and in-plant traffic, inventory requirements, internal replenishment processes of production, reception and inbound of goods, preparation of orders and consolidation of shipments. Miebach also analyzed and evaluated the technical feasibility and profitability of existing options for the supply and disposal of products of production lines, for internal transport, storage and consolidation of shipments.
Once the solution was approved, Miebach Consulting developed the project in detail and elaborated the specifications for tendering, providing technical assistance to Unicer in the tendering process and drafting contracts for suppliers. Finally, Miebach Consulting supervised the development of the construction project of the new facilities and the development of the functional specifications of the control and management systems.
For more information about Unicer please the company’s website.
For information about the project please contact Anna Serrat.
Germany, 01 October 2015
Miebach Study - Distribution to Asia Pacific: Increasing service levels characterize the regions of growth
The heterogeneous Asian-Pacific area increasingly gains importance as a market, with China being the top-performer. The results of the current Miebach Study - Distribution to Asia-Pacific, with more than 126 participants, indicates that 20 % of the surveyed companies already earn more than 15 % of their total turnover in this area.
“All signs point to expansion in Asia-Pacific, although companies will have to adjust their delivery time and service level to European standards”, said Bernd Müller-Dauppert, member of the executive board of Miebach Consulting GmbH.
More than 75 % of participants expect an increase in delivery time requirements. As of right now, more than half of the exporting companies have to supply customers within 14 days; almost a quarter within three days. Two thirds of the participants additionally expect an increase in competition, which will result in an even higher service demand. To fulfill delivery time requirements, three quarters of companies pursue a supply chain strategy precisely for Asia-Pacific. Especially the strategic importance of agility and flexibility in the region is assessed highly, followed by the CPFR-concept (Continuous Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment) as well as supply chain transparency. Further important topics for Asian-pacific companies are supply chain differentiation by customer demands as well as the use of current IT-systems.
A majority of companies (41 %) distribute their products in all five Asia- Pacific regions and almost a quarter within four regions. Exporting companies with local production have on average eleven mainly self-owned warehouses in Asia-Pacific. Only a small number of companies consider developed countries like Australia/ New Zealand and Japan/ South-Korea as attractive production locations. That indicates that companies are following consumer markets: Higher saturated markets have higher customer demands – therefore, a customer proximity is required.
You can request the full study report from Ralf Hoffmann
Background of the Study: Miebach Consulting conducted a survey in June and July 2015 about distribution to Asia-Pacific. An online survey was used as research method, which was sent to companies from different industries. The survey was analyzed completely anonymously.
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Germany, 03 August 2015
New distribution center of FRIATEC sets future course
New distribution center of FRIATEC sets future course
With the construction of a new and innovative central warehouse FRIATEC sets the future path towards further growth. The company produces goods made out of non-corroding and wear-resistant materials. With the new distribution center in Mannheim, FRIATEC is able to supply national and international customers since the operational beginning in August 2015. The site plays a vital role in logistics also for its beligium parent company ALIAXIS.
FRIATEC decided to appoint Miebach Consulting as an integrated logistics and construction engineer to place responsibility of logistics, planning and realization in one hand to ensure an optimal solution, both logistically and financially. Additionally, the Miebach team managed very well the extremely challenging go-live timeline of the logistics site.
Have a look at the video in the media library with a tour of the new distribution center FRIATEC.
Klaus Wolf, Managing Director FRIATEC AG, about the project:
“The new distribution center is strategically important for us because we see an increase in market dynamics, especially abroad. With the new facility, it is now possible for us to accomodate the company’s growth and to serve our customers worldwide in short periods and higher volumes”.
„The particular features of the developed logistic solutions are the synchronization of the goods processing time and the provision time in the warehouse. The extraordinary dynamic of intra logistics can be also seen by the building structure”– says Bernhard Stock, integrated logistics and construction engineer and Member of the Management Board, Miebach Consulting.
- Key facts of the new site:
- Doubled storage capacity up to 12.000 pallet bays in one 35m high-bay warehouse
- Optimal use of limited space and transport routes
- Highly dynamic goods-to-man system, Miebach’s i.con Big cube solution, that can be scaled and expanded
- Sequential article supply
- Ergonomically built picking area work places (special equipment)
- Integration into the city view of Mannheim due to a specially designed outer wall
- Minimal investment of only 11 mio. Euros
For further information about this project, please contact Bernhard Stock.
Germany, 01 June 2015
BASF honors Miebach Consulting with Contractor Excellence Award 2015
Miebach Consulting Poland received from the BASF Catalyst Division the Excellence Award 2015 for their exceptional work at BASF´s Catalysts Plant in Sroda Slaska near Wroclaw. Miebach designed and implemented the plant logistics and a highbay warehouse for production supplies and distribution. The award was handed over to Marian Jezusek, Managing Director of Miebach Consulting Poland, during the work completion ceremony in April 2015.
“We are very pleased to have been rewarded with this recognition from BASF”, says Marian Jezusek. “It reflects the great commitment and capability of our team to provide innovative solutions in this highly sophisticated industry.”
“Miebach Consulting supported us from the concept planning phase to implementation and go-live of the logistics system and new plant. They deserve special recognition for their outstanding contribution,” says Gunnar Gaedke, Project Director, CCT Technology Catalysts, BASF.
With the new catalyst plant and warehouse, BASF is able to double its regional production capacity in Europe to meet market growth and customers’ needs. Lukas Jatta, Miebach project manager, says: “The collaboration between BASF and our international Miebach team was very productive, open and based on partnership. Our long-standing experience in the chemical industry has helped to develop another state-of-the-art solution with a high availability of products, efficient processes and high capacity to meet market growth in Europe as well as service levels. We are very proud that BASF honors our work with the contractor excellence award.”
About the BASF Catalyst Plant: The construction of the new manufacturing facility – BASF’s largest emissions catalysts plant in Europe – began in late 2012. The plant started production in April 2014 and plans to reach full capacity by 2016, delivering emissions catalysts for manufacturers of light duty gasoline vehicles and light and heavy duty diesel vehicles to meet more stringent Euro 6 emissions regulations.
For more information about the project and the award please contact Lukas Jatta
Canada, 01 May 2015
Miebach opens new office in Canada
Miebach Consulting strengthens its presence in North America by opening a new office in Canada. On May 1, the supply chain consultancy officially opened an office in Montréal to better support clients in the region. After successfully establishing a Miebach office in Indianapolis/ USA in the 1990s, and from there having supported companies in Canada to design and improve their supply chains and logistics infrastructure, the opening of the new office is the next step to better serve the Canadian market.
Bernard Tremblay, a 20 year veteran of the company with extensive experience in North America and Latin America, is the new managing director of the Canada-based office. Together with his team, he will drive the firm’s local development initiative and provide a new option for Canadian companies in search of Supply Chain excellence.
He expressed his views on the new office by stating: “With the new office in Montréal we leverage both international reach and intimate local expertise. In order to best serve our Canadian clients it was necessary to build out our physical presence in the region and to develop a dedicated team with strong local know-how. We are looking forward to develop excellent and performance-driven supply chain solutions with our clients, adapted to the complex and multicultural business environment of Canada. Our clients will benefit from our traditional results-driven culture and permanent commitment to exceed customer expectations.”
Jürgen Hess, Managing Director of the Miebach Consulting Group, adds: “Globalization, digitalization and changing customer demands are driving clients across all industries in North America to change and transform their supply chains. We are now seeing increased opportunities to expand our services and we feel the best way to do so is by establishing a base in Montréal to enable us to get closer to our clients – both current and future.”
Germany, 01 January 2015
Medline triples capacity of logistics center
Medline, a leading global provider of surgical and medical products, triples the capacity of their European Distribution Center in Kleve. With the 37,000 m² new DC, Medline responds to increasing demands of their products and services, especially in the quickly growing markets in Eastern Europe. As general planner, Miebach Consulting supports Medline since the beginning of the planning phase in May 2013 and has accompanied the construction of the new DC since completion in mid-December 2014. Go-live is in January 2015.
"With its proximity to the Port of Rotterdam, Kleve is the gateway to Europe for us," says Tripp Amdur, Medline’s International Group President. "By tripling our warehouse capacities, we will be able to offer our customers not only a greater variety of products, but also unique logistics services." From this warehouse, the US company will serve hospitals in many European countries.
Medline chose Miebach Consulting as general planner to bundle the responsibility for both logistics and planning and to ensure a logistically optimal overall solution. Manufacturer and supplier independence enable the compilation of the most suitable material flow components and generate significant savings through invitations to tender. The consulting and implementation partner Miebach guarantees integrated project management from the concept to the implementation phase.
"The efficient project management and the success we had with the tender decisions show us that we found an excellent project partner in Miebach. With the help of their project team, we developed the optimal solution for business and processes and were able to implement construction, building and material flow technologies in the most efficient way. We did all this without building up own resources in project management. "- says Wilfried Dammertz, Branch Manager, Medline.
With the new logistics center, Medline is now able to serve customers in Europe and beyond even faster and in a more flexible manner.
"We are delighted that we have been able to realize this strategically important logistics project within its very tight schedule and within budget. The fact-oriented, constructive and harmonic cooperation between general contractor, general planner and client as well as a good cooperation with the authorities of Kleve contributed substantially to the success of the project "- says Christian Bauersfeld, project manager, Miebach Consulting.
Key Facts of the expanded Distribution Center:
- 4 warehouse sections of over 9,000 square meters and a height of 13m
- 34 loading bays for different types of trucks
- approx. 27,000 pallet spaces and approx. 30,000 shelf spaces (in the first expansion stage)
About Medline International
Medline International is a privately held manufacturer and distributor of quality medical and surgical supplies. Medline delivers a robust product portfolio and patient-care solutions to help healthcare providers perform at their very best. Medline International is a part of Medline Industries, Inc. a global health care company providing medical and surgical supplies throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Learn more on Medline’s website.
Germany, 01 November 2014
Miebach-Survey 2014: Potential saving of 25% lay in the integration of Production & Logistics
Through a close connection of production and logistics, overall savings of scarcely 25 per cent are feasible. This is a result of the current Miebach survey, which was performed in collaboration with the specialized newspaper “Produktion”. The survey, about success factors of an integrated production and logistics, questioned 175 producing companies from various industries and of different sizes. The participating experts agreed: cost- and efficiency- potential can only be exploited through integrated collaboration of all parties internally and externally of the enterprise.
The major potential lies, according to the evaluation of the experts, in inventory costs, a typical issue of companies. Further cost savings of approximately 10% can be reached through integrated logistics (Transportation and Warehouse). Even in the manufacturing department, which is highly trimmed on efficiency, can, in collaboration with logistics, yield further potentials. One third of the interviewed persons see more than 5% of cost reduction potential in this field.
Study director Bernd Müller-Dauppert about the results: “The classical conflict of objective between costs and service continues throuout the collaboration of production and logistic. The Production aims to decrease production cost, while facing increases in the variant diversity. Logistic strives for a fast and low-cost shipment at low inventory levels. Success can only be found through a narrow integration of all participants inside and outside the company, when solving these conflicts of objective.
The full survey can be requested at Miebach Consulting. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mexico, 01 October 2014
Farmacias del Ahorro redesigns distribution network in collaboration with Miebach Consulting
Farmacias del Ahorro, one of the leading pharmacy chains in Mexico, is redesigning three of its existing distribution centers and will open a new one in order to meet customer requirements and growth. Miebach Consulting Mexico supports these projects from concept planning to implementation.
Currently, Farmacias del Ahorro has two distribution centers in the North (in Tijuana - Baja California and Monterrey - Nuevo León) and one in the South of the country (Mérida - Yucatán). Also in this area, specifically in Tuxtla Gutiérrez (Chiapas), the company is building a new distribution center.
The network redesign plan of Farmacias del Ahorro includes the renovation of infrastructure and also the optimization of operational processes in each distribution centers in order to maximize productivity and to increase customer service levels.
New distribution center in Tuxtla Gutiérrez built on 15,000 m²
The new distribution center, developed in collaboration with Miebach Consulting, is designed to support the growth of operations and business units of the company, foreseen until 2018.
Once completed, the new DC of Farmacias del Ahorro will be built on 15,000 m² including: storage areas, picking areas, reception and expeditions areas and a reverse logistics area, as well as a service zone. The center will have enough capacity to host the own fleet of cargo and also the flow of suppliers vehicles.
The new DC located in Tuxtla Gutiérrez will be built within nine months; the estimated opening of the facilities will be on early 2015.
For further information about the project please contact: email@example.com.
For further information on Farmacias del Ahorro, please visit its website.
USA, 01 August 2014
Miebach Consulting again has been nominated as one of the Top 100 Great Supply Chain Partner 2014
Miebach Consulting has again been selected as one of the top companies to partner with in order to positively impact the supply chain. Based upon nominations from clients, the leading global supply chain information firm SupplyChainBrain released their list of the 100 Great Supply Chain Partners and Miebach Consulting is proud to be again included in this year’s list. In 2013 Miebach Consulting received this nomination for the first time.
“In its 12th year, SupplyChainBrain’s prestigious list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners highlights a select list of companies whose solutions and services have been so impressive, that their customers took the time to write and nominate them” – says Emily Janson, Publisher, SupplyChainBrain.
According to Janson the online magazine received thousands of nominations from small and large companies covering scores of different industries. During SupplyChainBrain’s six-month online poll, in which supply chain professionals were asked to nominate vendors and service providers whose solutions have made a significant impact on their company’s efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance. Miebach Consulting is listed in the 2014 July/August issue of SupplyChainBrain magazine as a celebrated member of this year’s 100 Great elite crew.
The SupplyChainBrain’s Great Supply Chain Partner 2014 list you can find here.
For more information please contact Nick Banich.
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Germany, 01 July 2014
Logistics outsourcing is losing potential but gains professionalism
Outsourcing has evolved from a hype or buzzword topic to an integral part of the portfolio of logistics managers. As a result, the interaction between logistics service providers and shippers has become much more professional. However, the growth potential in this industry declines and in-sourcing increases. These are the results of a Miebach Consulting study conducted in cooperation with the Deutsche Verkehrszeitung (DVZ). 250 shippers from different industries and 80 logistics service providers with various orientations participated. This new record participation in the study, which Miebach regularly conducts since the end of the 90´s, shows that the issue has still not lost its relevance.
The days of rapid growth in logistics outsourcing have passed. 5-10 years ago, more than 80 % of logistics tenders were tendered for the first time - this figure is now closer to 20 %. The shippers have become much more selective in the contracting of services, and especially with management functions they tend to insource more. In 2012, around 25 % of participants answered positively to the question of whether they insourced again, in 2014, this rate increased to over 40 %.
Future growth is to be expected especially on a transnational level. Shippers tend to use more services in the international environment than on a national basis. This is an indication that globalization provides the environment for growth opportunities in logistics outsourcing.
"It is obvious that the outsourcing euphoria of the 90s and 2000s has given way to a much more rational point of view. The professionalization both on the part of service providers as well as shippers is an overall benefit for the industry. The interesting question will be whether new outsourcing potential can be developed on the basis of these changing conditions, or if the market will increasingly stabilize at current levels. "- Dr. Klaus-Peter Jung, member of the Executive Board, Miebach Consulting GmbH.
The study report (in German) can be obtained from Miebach Consulting GmbH. Contact via: firstname.lastname@example.org.
China, 10 June 2014
SKF Logistics Services China inaugurates North East Asian distribution center in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone
Miebach Consulting compliments SKF Logistics Services China for the official inauguration of its new North-East Asian Distribution Center (DC) on 10 June 2014. Located in the WaiGaoQiao Free Trade Zone, between downtown Shanghai and PuDong International Airport, the new DC allows fast and reliable shipping across China and the entire North East Asian region including Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Miebach Consulting has supported SKF with concept design for the warehouse as well as detail design and project management support during all subsequent project phases: from tendering phase to procurement, erection and commissioning of the material handling equipment.
The new structure has a covered surface in excess of 26.000 m², with modern and advanced warehouse technology and equipment, including a 30-meter high automated storage and retrieval system for pallets. This ASRS has a capacity of over 30’000 pallet locations and is ready to be further expanded. All intralogistics processes are fully integrated, as per the well-established standards of the SKF group. SKF Logistics Services China is capable of processing from this site several thousand order-lines daily, including full pallet, mixed pallet and carton shipping.
“The SKF project underlines our ability to serve large scale projects in the fast growing Chinese market. Further expanding our Chinese activities reflects our confidence that highly automated solutions in warehouse design and intralogistics will be a key requirement in this increasingly competitive environment”, says Dominik Bühring, Country Manager Miebach China.
Germany, 31 May 2014
Innovative logistics solution of Karl Berrang GmbH
The Karl Berrang GmbH – one of the main service providers for mechanical joining technology in Germany – has opened its new intra-logistics system and the adjacent office complex on 30 and 31 May 2014. With the conclusion of this major project, Berrang is setting the course for the future.
“For further successful development of our company, a flexible and fast delivery in excellent quality is important. In order to meet this demand and our growth requirements, we decided for the new development of an innovative logistics solution which perfectly meets the customer requirements. A customized logistics concept allows us to further improve our customer service and our international competitiveness”, says Bernhard Berrang, Managing Partner of Karl Berrang GmbH.
The supply chain specialists of Miebach Consulting accompanied the major project from the concept planning in 2009 until the final acceptance. “The innovative intra-logistics system makes a valuable contribution to the overall success of this pioneering logistics project of Berrang”, says Bernhard Stock, project manager of Miebach Consulting.
Innovative logistics center meets a wide variety of customer requirements
The newly designed logistics solution at the corporate headquarters of the Berrang group in Mannheim/Germany includes an automatic high rack and small parts storage where C-parts for a wide variety of industries are handled. Due to the innovative system solution “i-con mix tube” it is possible to dynamically transport all different types of carriers. Consequently, even for the pallet transport the goods provisioning time does not exceed the processing time. The advantage is a fast, flexible picking which meets the different customer requirements – from the delivery of small units directly to the production line up to the delivery of full pallets.
For more information about the company Karl Berrang GmbH, please visit the company’s homepage.
Mexico, 01 December 2013
Tender for Fashion Retailer Grupo Cortefiel in Mexico
Grupo Cortefiel ─ one of the leading Spanish fashion retailers ─ strengthens its presence in Mexico by opening new retail shops. As part of their business strategy the company decided to outsource logistics operations. Miebach Consulting Mexico was responsible for the tender.
Grupo Cortefiel has been present in Mexico through a franchised company that manages the outlets of the chain and provides them with goods from their central warehouse. Recently, the group decided to be present in Mexico with their own retail shops, opening stores of different brands and managing them directly. To provide logistics support, the company decided to outsource logistics operations – selecting a 3PL with experience in the textile/ fashion industry to perform the functions of storaging, order picking, sorting and the transportation of articles to the distribution center and points of sale.
For the complete outsourcing tender process, Grupo Cortefiel had the support of Miebach Consulting Mexico. This resulted in:
- Set up of company and country specific requirements for the 3PL
- Pre-selection of the logistics providers that exhibit the required expertise in the textile/ fashion industry
- Providing local support throughout the tender process (process management, answering questions, site visits, feedback from previous experiences and local performance of operators, etc.)
- Ensuring that 3PL providers perfectly understand the requirements of Grupo Cortefiel
- Technical, quantitative and qualitative evaluations of the 3PL proposals
- Recommendation for the final 3PL selection
Besides Miebach Consulting Mexico, the Miebach office in Barcelona was involved in this project and contributed to the successful completion of the tender for Grupo Cortefiel – which has been a key client of Miebach Consulting Spain for several years.
About Grupo Cortefiel
Founded in Madrid, Spain, in 1880, Grupo Cortefiel is one of the leading apparel retailers in Europe. Grupo Cortefiel is present in 72 countries with 1,900 points of sale for its brands Cortefiel, Pedro del Hierro, Springfield and Women's Secret. The group is leading the fashion niche markets for men and the corsetry and lingerie markets in Spain.
For further information about the project, please contact René Lara: email@example.com
Germany, 02 September 2013
REWE holds topping-out ceremony for new logistics center
The topping-out ceremony for the Rewe Group’s new logistics center has been held at the company’s construction site in Neu-Isenburg – one year following the start of project almost to the day. A state-of-the-art, largely automated logistics warehouse for Rewe’s dry goods range is currently being erected on the approx. 235,000 square-meter property. The new warehouse is expected to go turn-key in May 2014 and is the most technologically advanced distribution center that Rewe has had to date, making it “something very special”, says Matthias Bähr, Managing Director of Rewe’s Logistics Division. The investment volume for the new building is approx. 200 million euros.
The new center completes the modernization strategy for the Rewe Group’s supply chain, which commenced in 2008: “Neu-Isenburg is the final building block in the revamping of our logistics operations. With opening times of up to 17 hours, today’s food retail sector places tremendous demands on logistics,” explains Frank Wiemer, member of the Rewe Group’s Executive Board and in charge of logistics, among other things.
“The project is perfectly on track, and we are offering Rewe every support that things will stay this way. We are both working towards smooth and timely commissioning of the warehouse, as this will enable us to supply the 4,500 Rewe retail stores entirely from our new logistics center in time for the 2014 Christmas season,” explains Dr. Niels Linge, Principal Detailed Planning and Implementation, at Miebach Consulting.
Miebach Consulting has been assisting Rewe since the concept phase and is now supporting the project management until go-live of the logistic center next year.
Germany, 01 September 2013
Planning of the world’s most cutting-edge air cargo hub completed
What will probably be Europe’s biggest Logistics building site will soon be located at the heart of Frankfurt Airport. Lufthansa Cargo AG has decided to replace the freight handling system in Cargo City Nord, which in places is over forty years old, with what in the words of Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Executive Board Operations Lufthansa Cargo AG will be the world’s most cutting-edge, efficient air cargo hub. Planning, which has been under way since October 2010, is now completed as far as logistics and IT are concerned. Construction work will commence in early 2014. Miebach Consulting has been involved in the project since day one and is responsible for the complete process, logistics technology, and IT planning.
For further information about this masterplan project, please refer to the project article about “the Mega Plan” (see media download area) of Dr. Klaus-Peter Jung.
Germany, 09 July 2013
Alnatura builds the world’s largest wooden high-bay warehouse
Alnatura celebrated the topping out of the world’s largest wooden high-bay warehouse – along with partners on the project, politicians and customers. The impressive building will be commissioned next spring. Made completely of 5,000 cubic meters of wood, the high-bay warehouse highlights the topic of sustainability in logistics in an unprecedented manner and meets the latest ecological standards. Thanks to prime insulation and a ground floor that is 2.50 meters below the ground, the new facility does not even need heating or cooling, and is thus carbon-emission free. Eco-electricity, green areas and rainwater aquifer areas combine to create a great eco-balance.
Miebach Consulting has advised Alnatura on the expansion of this special distribution center from the first ideas phase and the subsequent concept planning phase in mid-2011 onwards. Engaged as the independent experts evaluating the general contractor, the Miebach consultants will be at hand through to completion of the warehouse when it goes turnkey in spring 2014.
Expansion necessary given corporate growth
Steady, fast growth made it necessary to expand the distribution center in Lorsch to include the new high-bay warehouse, which can house over 31,000 palettes. “To date, the distribution center only had a wide-aisle warehouse where manual processing moved goods in and out across a surface area of 20,800 sq. m. Other key reasons for the introduction of the almost fully-automatic new facility were the wish to centralize storage and improve availability,” comments Klaus Böhmer, Head of Alnatura Logistik.
Alnatura will be supplying both its own branches nationwide and its retail partners in Germany and Switzerland from its new expanded logistics center: with organic foods from its dry goods range.
Advantages of the new central warehouse:
- Realizing additional growth
- Central supplies to branches and retail Partners
- Process optimization
- Transport optimization
- Storage optimization
- Enhanced transparency
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Germany, 23 May 2013
40th Anniversary of Miebach Consulting – from warehouse planning to end-to-end supply chain optimization
In mid-May Miebach partners and executives from all offices came together not only for the annual strategy meeting but also to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Miebach Consulting Group.
On the occasion of the anniversary celebration in Bad Nauheim, the company’s founder Dr. Joachim Miebach took the chance for a short review on 40 exciting and successful years:
“The story of Miebach Consulting began with a modest one-man show in a tiny Frankfurt office. And now, over the course of four decades and over ten thousand projects, we mark this anniversary with nearly 300 employees in 19 offices across 16 countries. I want to use this opportunity to sincerely thank our customers for their trust and the successful cooperation over the years. Further, I thank our employees for their solidarity with the company and their commitment to continually implement the best supply chain solutions for our customers. That is the reason why the name Miebach Consulting has established as a benchmark for excellence in Engineering & Consulting.”
Jürgen Hess, Managing Director of the Miebach Consulting Group, continued with an outlook on the development of the company:
“Our focus will strongly remain on our customers because they are responsible for our success. For this reason we continuously improve, invest in the training and ongoing education of our employees and broaden our service portfolio. General planning, supply chain transformation and production & logistics respond to the changed demand of the customers for solutions across the entire supply chain. We strive to increase the availability for our customers both on a national and international level. For this purpose we have decided to expand our branch in Shanghai and establish our third office in Germany in Munich.”
From warehouse planning to today’s end-to-end supply chain optimization
In February 1973 Dr. Joachim Miebach founded an engineering office for the planning and realization of logistics facilities and material flow processes. Only nine years later (1982) the first office abroad opened up in Barcelona – it was the start of the internationalization of Miebach Consulting. During the 1990s the consultants expanded their international presence with locations in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico and the USA. As a result of the change in consumer demand we adapted our service portfolio – today it includes all aspects of logistics and supply chain. The Miebach-specific supply chain engineering approach – meaning the consideration of the entire supply chain and the integration of strategy, technology, IT as well as People & Organization - shapes the consulting concept down to the present day. This approach results in a sustainable competitive advantage for Miebach’s customers.
Germany, 10 April 2013
Groundbreaking Expansion at Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG
With the simultaneous conclusion of three construction projects at the Obersontheim site, the family company of Kärcher has laid the foundations for further growth. On April 10th, the new logistics center in Obersontheim was officially inaugurated; at 31 million euros, it is the largest material investment ever made by the global market leader for cleaning technology. In addition, Kärcher expanded the office building of the logistics center as well as the neighboring plant for a total of 9 million euros.
“For the future of the company as a whole, it was essential to expand and upgrade our logistics center. The distribution logistics form the physical connection between the manufacturer and the customer. That is why this expansion project is so central to our 2020 strategy, which will be orienting the entire company toward the customer. With our new logistics concept, we can further improve services for our customers and expand our international competitive power,” says Chief Executive Officer Hartmut Jenner.
The supply-chain specialists from Miebach Consulting supported this major project from the beginning in 2009 to the final building acceptance. “The consistency of the logistical consulting services, from planning the concept to realization to employee training, was very helpful when it came to meeting the ambitious schedule for the construction project, and it was a valuable addition to the overall success of this strategic logistics project for Kärcher,” says Bernhard Stock, the project manager from Miebach Consulting.
The Obersontheim logistics site, which primarily handles accessories and replacement parts, now has 35,000 m² of usable space with an automatic high-rack and small-parts warehouse (the latter with 80,000 storage positions) as well as a wide-aisle and rapid turnaround warehouse. The project created more than 23,000 additional pallet spaces, 15,400 of them in the new high-rack warehouse –more than doubling the available capacity.
Thanks to a new warehouse management system and the redesigned loading ramps, more than 14,000 delivery-slip items will be able to be processed in a day, and 4,500 packages sent out.
You can find more information about Kärcher at: http://www.kaercher.de/de/Home.htm