Germany, 01 April 2020
Solutions to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the supply chain - What action should be taken?
The extent of the COVID-19 pandemic on the logistics and supply chain was probably something that few companies had taken into account in their crisis plans. Supporting companies in managing exceptional situations is part of our DNA as a consulting firm. We provide support when you have to deal with strong fluctuations in demand (e.g.: retail, FMCG, pharmaceutical companies), but also when short-term measures to reduce costs or process adjustments are required. For this purpose, we have provided a brief overview of some thought leadership papers, case studies and ideas that will give you initial guidance and point out suitable measures.
Relevant case studies with COVID-19-like effects on the supply chain:
- Analysis of supply chain interruptions: In anticipation of a sudden shortage of labour, Miebach modelled numerous production and warehousing strategies to deal with the slowdown or standstill of normal operations: Mitigation of Potential Disruptions to Ensure Operational Continuity
- Stock analysis & safety stock simulation: In response to a natural disaster and for fear of a possible pandemic, Miebach simulated several events to determine the ideal safety and strategic safety stock for a pharmaceutical manufacturer: Inventory optimization maximizes product availability while reducing stocks
- Better use of automation with updated demand/order profiles: A sudden change in the order profile and demand meant that this company was no longer optimally positioned with its automation technology for current requirement profiles: Optimization after implementation
How Miebach can support you in times of crisis:
- Data Analytics: Use our data specialists to provide your internal teams with more power and a thought leadership role when internal capacities cannot keep up with the increased demand due to COVID-19 - especially for teams with existing, but now outdated network design, inventory or transport models
- LLamasoft COVID-19 Response Center: Specialized application to analyze the impact of the pandemic and support recovery efforts
- Crisis DC implementation support: we are able to support the establishment of new warehouse locations in the network and the stabilization of your operations to quickly respond to the need for additional capacity and services in the distribution and procurement network.
- Realignment of automated warehouse sites: One of the disadvantages of automating warehouse sites is the obvious lack of flexibility when faced with the world upside down. We support you in making the best possible use of existing systems and technologies and adapting them at short notice to meet the current situation and new requirements.
- Crisis management support: our Operational Excellence teams specialize in managing change and working with site management to "firefight", stabilize operations and overcome incalculable challenges.
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Germany, 23 November 2021
Launch of urban logistics market survey: how are delivery concepts and cities changing?
The rapid growth of e-commerce and the related increase in shipments is leading to traffic growth and environmental concerns in urban areas. This results in the need for new urban logistic concepts.
The new future-oriented study on urban logistics by JLL, the Research Lab Urban Transport at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (ReLUT) and Miebach Consulting takes a closer look at how delivery concepts and cities are changing under the current pressure to act.
"The aim of the study is to identify and investigate new trends from the field of urban logistics. The focus is on the needs of the different players: manufacturers, retailers and logistics service providers, and their challenges to implement future city concepts," - remarked study leader Prof. Dr. Bernd Müller-Dauppert, Miebach Consulting GmbH.
The study also examines how urban developers and planners are addressing the issue. Here, the focus is primarily on measures to promote more environmentally friendly and low-emission delivery methods. It will also look at how urban logistics affects urban design and the modern cityscape.
"We would be delighted if you would also participate in the future study. Thank you for your support!" - Müller-Dauppert said.
Study participants will need about 15 minutes to answer the questions. All information will be strictly confidential and will only be used anonymously as a data basis for the empirical part of the study.
Link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/urban-study-miebach?lang=en
As a thank you, participants will receive a summary of the study results upon request. For this purpose, contact details must be provided at the end of the survey.
For questions or comments on the study, please contact Prof. Dr. Bernd Müller-Dauppert (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Israel, 11 August 2021
Growing automation trend for Israel logistic market
Orian Ltd., a partner of DB Schenker, is a leader in international freight forwarding, customs clearance, and logistics services in Israel and facing huge growth in their business. One strategic project for Orian as a result of development and growth in the northern region of Israel, is a new logistic campus which includes a distribution hub, a standard and a deep freeze warehouse.
This location is prime due to the proximity to primary roads in the 3rd largest metropolitan area in Israel. There are currently no significant third-party-logistic facilities in the area and none with a deep freeze warehouse. The new campus in Kiryat Ata will provide additional benefit for conventional warehouse clients, as the location for a national hub enables daily distribution capabilities to every corner of Israel.
With this multi-client site Orian will be able to offer the market over 28,000 pallet locations and 65 loading docks that can accommodate various sizes of trucks. First contracts are already signed with different clients.
The highlight of the campus is going to be a fully automated deep freeze warehouse. It has a capacity for more than 12,000 pallet locations in a 40m highbay warehouse. The pallet transport from receiving to the automated highbay storage, order fulfilment and shipping areas is fully automated. Depending on the customer needs, Orian can provide the flexibility in service for storage capacity, order fulfilment and different temperature requirements. The high degree of automation addresses the labor bottleneck that has become a key driver for further automation in Israel and allows operations 24/7.
Miebach Consulting supports Orian from strategic planning to implementation
Miebach Consulting has supported this strategic project starting from the first design and will continue until the grand opening in 2022. Additionally, Orian has partnered with Miebach for further joint projects which are already ongoing, from concept design through awarding and implementation. Automation will play a key role in these projects as well as new logistic technologies.
Tim Hartwig, project manager, Miebach Consulting remarked, "Despite the long lasting difficulties, COVID restrictions did not impact the project execution, beginning with concept design, tendering and now detail engineering. It was great to see that regardless of the complexity of multiple partners and countries involved in the project, we have established a familiar environment with a great team chemistry in order to execute this landmark project for Orian."
Yael Kowalski, project manager, ORIAN said:
"Orian is a 3PL company, therefore the main objective of the project was to maximize the business potential from the given area and as quickly as possible, this is the reason for three buildings with a different purpose on the site. Thanks to the support of the Miebach team from every angle of the project, engineering, commercial and project management, I can say with confidence that apart from realizing the potential of the site, it will be able to provide massive logistical throughputs over the years."
The construction of all three buildings is already in progress. The ambient warehouse and Hub are already well underway, and ground has recently been broken for the Deep Freeze warehouse.
Germany, 03 August 2021
Miebach supports Bavarian State Opera in warehouse extension for stage decoration
The Bavarian State Opera in Munich is expanding its decoration warehouse in order to consolidate the entire stage decoration at one location in the future. Miebach Consulting is responsible for the detailed planning and realization of the special high-bay warehouse in Poing near Munich. The overall management of the project with an investment of 24 million euros is in the hands of the Rosenheim State Building Authority. Go-live of the extension will be in mid-2023.
Initial situation: high logistics effort due to decentralized storage
The Bavarian State Opera is a repertory house with approximately 75 opera and 35 ballet productions; around 40 different operas and 15 ballets are performed each year. The individual productions have a load volume of about 6 to 20 trucks and must be transported according to the order of assembly and disassembly with a tight schedule.
The volume of stage sets has increased considerably in the last 10 to 15 years, so that additional external storage facilities had to be rented. The sets are currently stored in Poing, as well as in four other warehouse locations in the Munich area.
Having the décor elements so widely distributed makes the already enormous logistics effort for the State Opera even greater. "We are glad to keep all the decorations in one warehouse in the future. This will significantly improve our logistics processes," says Karsten Matterne, technical director.
Automated process from truck delivery - Photovoltaic system covers power requirements
"The spectacular foreground cannot function without a sophisticated background" said Bernd Sibler, Bavarian Minister of State for Science and the Arts, in his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony for the extension on July 02.
And this requires tailor-made and efficient logistics: a coordinated, automated system is needed to store the stage decorations, which are placed in custom-made containers. The containers are up to 10m long and weigh up to 6 tons with the stage decoration, and are delivered by special trucks of the Bavarian State Opera and conveyed on rollers to the associated shipping area of the hall. From there, a stacker crane takes over the automated storage of the containers in the levels of the high-bay warehouse.
"The design of the extension with a third aisle and the five levels makes the best possible use of the capacities. The storage of decorations is made fit for the future!" - says Carsten Dickes, project manager, Miebach Consulting GmbH.
In order to make optimum use of the available space, the building is being constructed in silo design. The racking system forms the load-bearing structure of the building and thus also the framework for the facade and the roof. The interior is divided into five levels and a basement with a special freight elevator, so that more than 440 of the large containers can be stored in future.
A photovoltaic system will be installed on the roof of the extension building, which will cover the company's own electricity requirements with an output of 40,000 kilowatt hours per year.
Spain, 12 July 2021
Miebach develops a digital twin to optimize the material flow of Sonae Arauco in Linares
Sonae Arauco, one of the world's leading producers of wood-based panels, contacted Miebach Consulting to develop a "digital twin" to assess and study material flow alternatives and planning policies for its factory in Linares (Jaén). This project is part of the process of digital transformation and technological innovation in which the company has been immersed for years, and which has earned it several awards, including the "Best Digital Transformation Enterprise". Sonae Arauco's roadmap towards Industry 4.0 has led the company to consider state-of-the-art solutions that allow it to simulate its complex planning and production processes in detail. Sonae Arauco's production involves large industrial assets and highly complex processes that make it difficult to operate optimally in the various environments that the company's production plants have to deal with. In this context, Sonae Arauco approached Miebach Consulting to jointly address the creation of a "digital twin" for its Linares plant, which would allow it to study planning scenarios and changes in the control logic of the manufacturing processes in order to strategically evaluate them before implementing them in the processes, control logic, and layouts of the plant.
The Miebach Consulting project
This project was carried out following the Agile methodology, combining Sonae Arauco's sector knowledge with Miebach Consulting's experience and resources, as well as the latest technological tools available in the market. It was developed in three phases:
- Mapping of the current situation: the internal material flows were analyzed, documenting all planning processes and control logic of the factory and developing the simulation of the real situation at the moment.
- Improvement workshops to jointly detect improvement points (quick-wins and long-term improvements).
- Design of the optimal solution: the "digital twin" model was developed with all the improvements proposed, both for plant planning and flow control logic, by means of complex state-of-the-art algorithms.
The "digital twin" developed together with Miebach Consulting has allowed Sonae Arauco to assess and quantify strategic changes, both in planning processes and in material flow processes. Thus, the company now has an advanced digitalization tool that allows accelerating continuous improvement processes in a much more efficient way and assessing in a much more reliable way the global impact that any change in the factory would have.
About Sonae Arauco
Sonae Arauco is one of the world's leading producers of wood-based solutions. Based in Spain - where it has industrial operations in Cuéllar, Linares and Valladolid - the company is truly committed to corporate sustainability and to the creation of economic, environmental and social value in the regions where it operates. It currently has 3,000 employees of 25 nationalities and 23 industrial and commercial units in 9 countries.
Germany, 01 July 2021
Fashion and lifestyle company s.Oliver Group invests in new service center for more logistics performance
The German fashion and lifestyle company s.Oliver Group is investing in its logistics as a competitive factor with the construction of a new service center in Dettelbach (Germany), which will improve the delivery service, among others. Commissioning is planned for March 2024.
Miebach Consulting supports s.Oliver Group in this strategic project and is responsible for the detailed planning and realization of the logistics center, including the oversight of the construction of the building, tenant fit-out, intralogistics, IT (WMS and WCS implementation) and ramp-up management. In the implementation phase Miebach will utilize state-of-the-art simulation and emulation techniques, which, among other things, significantly reduce the effort and duration of the test phases.
"To satisfy our customers in the best possible way and gain further market share, well-organized logistics is a key success factor. Here, short routes, efficient processes and the latest technologies are needed to be fit for the future. With the new concept, we are meeting these requirements and at the same time setting the course for further growth as part of our internationalization and e-commerce strategy" said Oliver Hein, Chief Operating Officer of the s.Oliver Group.
Flexible logistics solution meets omnichannel requirements
"The s.Oliver Service Center is being built with a focus on omnichannel," stated Ole Grasedyck, Principal, Miebach Consulting and PMO in the service center project. "The digital transformation, changing customer wishes and, last but not least, the corona-related e-commerce acceleration require high-performance and, at the same time, extremely agile logistics in order to be able to handle changing demand volumes and order sizes quickly and efficiently across channels. The logistics center was designed accordingly."
The entire logistics processes of the B2C business will be handled by the service center in the future, including the supply of e-commerce customers, VAS activities, and subsequent returns processes. For the B2B sector, the entire reorder process as well as the supply of self-operated areas including floor-ready merchandise will be integrated into the service center.
As part of the concept planning, the optimal automation level for s.Oliver was chosen from various alternatives. Manual storage for hanging and flat goods is linked to the upstream and downstream processes via automated transports. An automatic buffer for returns enables prompt availability for goods resale, and a pocket sorter system consolidates orders according to customer specifications and evenly supplies the packing workstations.
As a result of the planned concept, this will not only ensure delivery capability, but also realize an increased level of delivery service through same-day shipping for orders placed by 3 p.m.
Holistic project and change management as essential building blocks for success
Dennis Prandl, overall project manager and Director Global Logistics Service Center s.Oliver Group, remarked: "The relevance of the project to the company's success and the tight timeline for implementation require a strong large-scale project organization with a large number of internal and external stakeholders and interface partners. The holistic consulting services from planning to realization as well as the comprehensive experience in intralogistics projects convinced us to choose Miebach Consulting as our consulting partner."
Accordingly, Miebach supports s.Oliver Group with its supply chain engineering expertise at all levels, with extensive experience in comparable large-scale projects in the fashion industry, and a holistic project management approach with PMO and change management organization.
Germany, 02 June 2021
Levi Strauss & Co. builds new distribution center and focuses on sustainability
In order to keep pace with its ever-growing business within the European market, Levi Strauss & Co, with European headquarters in Brussels, is building a distribution center in Dorsten, Germany, that is aligned with strict sustainability guidelines, including the "cradle-to-cradle" approach. "This is the result of an aligned, and strongly integrated cooperation between the involved parties", stated Marc Meuleman, Managing Director Benelux for Miebach Consulting. "Understanding the customer's needs and values, combined with our expertise, has jointly brought us to this result in which all requirements are fulfilled, including the integration of well-designed ergomic and sustainable solutions."
Torsten Mueller, Project Lead, Levi Strauss & Co. Europe and Graham Truter, Senior Project Manager, Levi Strauss & Co. Europe said: "We selected Miebach as our partner through this journey based on their experience in such large-scale projects and their offering of consultancy as well as practical engineering."
The distribution center, which will be built on an area of almost 155,000 m², will distribute up to 55 million articles per year of Levi's products from the end of 2023. This will include fashion, accessories and footwear, which will be available to wholesale, retail, digital, e-com and marketplace.
Miebach Consulting supports Levi Strauss & Co. from the planning phase to realization with comprehensive consulting services
Since the planning phase of the logistics project, Miebach Consulting supported Levi Strauss & Co. in the PMO, concept validation and tendering for the building and intralogistics. In the upcoming implementation phase, Miebach is supporting the fashion company as sub-project manager for the building and intralogistics and is ensuring a holistic project approach with an overarching cross-sectional approach, which also includes the area of quality assurance for the IT.
Planned solution meets future market requirements and sets new standards in sustainability
In terms of sustainability, the building sets new standards. The new logistics center will be the first logistics facility in Germany to comply with the "cradle-to-cradle" sustainability approach. This describes a circular construction method based on the principles of recycling, resource conservation and waste reduction, with the aim of keeping the ecological footprint as small as possible.
In addition, the building will receive LEED as well as WELL certification. The latter represents the first and only certification system specifically focused on the health and well-being of building occupants.
The technical solution will enable Levi Strauss & Co. to continue to grow and is optimally designed to meet future market requirements.
"The distribution center will include an automated goods-to-person solution, an automated small parts warehouse and a shuttle system to meet omni-channel capabilities, fast returns processing, flexible adaptation to changing order structures and all future service requirements to the market" - says Philipp Schubert, Project Manager, Miebach Consulting GmbH.
Laying of the foundation stone for the major project is planned for fall 2021, go-live of the facility will be at the end of 2023.
About Levi Strauss & Co.:
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world's largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi's®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 3,000 retail stores and shop-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co. net sales were $5.6 billion in fiscal year 2018. More information at https://www.levistrauss.com
Brazil, 01 June 2021
Silver Jubilee of Miebach in Brazil
25 years ago Miebach Consulting made an important decision to start operations in Brazil. At that time, the company had identified the importance of being present in Latin America and, shortly after opening the office in Buenos Aires, started to implement our unit in Brazil. It was the beginning of a great expansion movement in the American continent, which continued with the opening of our units in several other countries, from Chile to Mexico.
The challenge in Brazil was huge: to present innovative solutions and bring our international experience in optimization and automation to a vast market and not fully familiar with the concepts of modern logistics. We started by carrying out projects for our global clients with facilities in the country and, over time, we developed a very important regional and local client portfolio for the group.
We grew along with the market, incorporating disciplines to the Miebach scope of business that until then were not so significant, such as, to consider the complexity of the tax composition in network design studies, as well as specific tax benefits in certain cases. More than that, new variables have become part of the technical environment, like all political instability and unique characteristics of the Latin world, hardly comparable to European standards.
Nowadays, with more than 300 projects carried out in Brazil for more than 220 customers in the most diverse segments of the industry, we understand that our challenges are still wide. We are becoming more and more global, but at the same time even more local and regional. We offer more advanced and digital services, but we are increasingly expertise in the most traditional concepts and technologies.
Allied to our strategic partners, we are able to offer end-to-end solutions, from the definition of the strategy to approach the market, to the real estate aspects of the implementation, going through all the logistics disciplines, taxes implications and systemic and digital aspects.
Finally, our success was only possible through the trust of our customers in the technical capacity of our team. We thank everyone who has made our vision into a reality. Our way of giving back is to be always ahead of the logistics challenges, bringing solutions and logistics excellence to guarantee the success of our customers.
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Pic 1 (Source: Puma) In the foreground from left to right: Frank Dreeke, Chairman of the Board of BLG LOGISTICS and Michael Lämmermann, Chief Financial Officer Puma
Pic 2 (Source: Puma) From left to right: Michael Lämmermann, Chief Financial Officer Puma, Frank Dreeke, Chairman of the Executive Board of BLG LOGISTICS
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Germany, 28 April 2021
Logistics center for PUMA creates maximum speed and efficiency
On 6 April, the sports company PUMA opened operations in its new highly automated logistics center in Geiselwind to speed up deliveries to wholesale customers, end consumers as well as to their own stores, and thus achieves a clear competitive advantage. Miebach Consulting supported PUMA in the tendering and awarding process following the initial concept review with simulation. Furthermore, Miebach Consulting aided in the realization phase as co-project manager for the sub-projects of intralogistics, testing, and real estate.
The adjustment of the logistics structure was necessary in order to best meet the changing market requirements for fulfillment in online marketplaces, direct deliveries, and achieving faster throughput times. The new European distribution center, which is part of PUMA's logistics modernization strategy, supports the company's overall growth targets.
Despite COVID-19 constraints, the highly automated logistics center was completed without delays and within budget. With innovative goods-to-person order picking workstations, a high-performance shuttle system with more than 700,000 bin locations, as well as around 22 kilometers of connecting conveyor technology and a total storage and handling area of 63,000m², the new location represents the flagship facility within the PUMA logistics network.
From April 2021 onwards, PUMA will supply the German, Austrian, and Swiss wholesalers with goods from the logistics center, followed by the supply of the brick and mortar business and e-commerce. In total, up to 74 million sporting goods items will be shipped annually to the company's own shops, end customers, and resellers.
By integrating the new logistics center into the supply chain network, PUMA will be able to optimize the productivity of the overall supply chain. In addition, the logistics space has the potential to be expanded in the future, giving the fashion and lifestyle company a high degree of flexibility to respond to challenging market demands and requirements.
Maximilian Molkenthin Senior Head of Logistics, PUMA says: "The new logistics centre ensures our excellent multi-channel capability and high delivery speed. From the end customer order with the smallest order item to the extensive wholesale order in the B2B sector, we can respond to our customers' wishes as quickly as possible."
"Corona is accelerating the e-commerce growth which requires high performance in logistics. The new logistics center excellently fulfills this requirement and meets the customers' expectations for high service and fast delivery. The high-performance facility enables an order-to-delivery process of only two hours and thus sets new standards in customer delivery" - says Michael Greschke, Head of Industry Fashion & Lifestyle, Miebach Consulting.
The logistics center in Geiselwind also establishes new standards in sustainability. The building is supplied with green electricity and a photovoltaic system. Rainwater is recycled via a utilisation system and honey bees will be kept on the 14,000 m² green roof in the future. The building was also designed to meet the LEED Gold standard, which is awarded to particularly sustainable construction projects.
PUMA is one of the world's leading Sports Brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories. For 70 years, PUMA has relentlessly pushed sport and culture forward by creating fast products for the world's fastest athletes. The company distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 14,000 people worldwide, and is headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany. Further information: https://about.puma.com/
Germany, 15 April 2021
Miebach launches new edition of global survey on consumer goods supply chain trends
Miebach Consulting has launched an update of its international survey regarding the most relevant challenges and trends for the supply chain for the consumer goods industries. The previous edition was focused on digitalization, IoT, robotics and big data, and today Miebach wants to assess the situation for this sector after the impact of the global crisis generated by COVID-19.
Supply chains around the globe have been put under extreme pressure over the past year due to the global health and economic crisis and as a result of the pandemic and other megatrends such as climate change, resource scarcity, urbanization and e-commerce, have found themselves at the forefront of many companies' business models.
According to Pank Bedaux, Partner & global expert for the consumer goods industry at Miebach Consulting, "Undoubtedly, COVID-19 has forced companies to rethink and redesign their supply chains. But are these changes here to stay or are they temporary? With this study we would like to show the relevant trigger points for companies due to present and future changes in the market and point out which concepts could be enabler towards an agile, resilient, but still efficient and more transparent and sustainable supply chain today and in future. Your participation in this initiative is very much appreciated.”
To gain a holistic and significant industry overview, logistics and supply chain managers in consumer goods companies are invited to take part in this survey. Completion will take less than 10 minutes.
Link to the survey: https://2021-fmcg-trend-report-miebach.questionpro.eu
The study results with the latest consumer goods supply chain insights will be shared with the participants that request it at the end of the survey.
Germany, 14 April 2021
Boston Consulting Group and Miebach Consulting Offer a One-Stop Shop for Supply Chain Consulting
The strategy consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the supply chain-focused consultancy Miebach Consulting have entered into an exclusive partnership to support companies worldwide in optimizing their supply chains.
"Global supply chains are becoming more and more complex due to growing trade barriers, climate change, and not least the pandemic. In light of these factors, supply chain management has developed from an operational function to one of the most important strategic imperatives on the CEO's agenda," says Matthias Tauber, Head of BCG in Germany. "At the same time, more complexity means that strategic planning and implementation have to be aligned now more than ever," says Dr. Joachim Miebach, Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Miebach Consulting. BCG and Miebach Consulting complement each other in these areas and will in future provide clients with consulting services from strategy to implementation as a one-stop shop.
Well-organized supply chains deliver competitive advantages
The COVID-19 pandemic and trade disruptions such as the recent Suez Canal blockage have revealed the importance of well-organized supply chains. "A company's supply chain is a key factor in becoming more resilient and better prepared to emerge stronger from future crises and bouts of market volatility," says Matthias Tauber. At the same time, the demands from society, investors, and regulatory authorities are growing. "In the future, companies will increasingly be held accountable for reducing their carbon footprint and ensuring social standards along their entire value chain," says Dr. Joachim Miebach. "They can only fulfill these requirements with a well-organized supply chain management."
All this leads to a growing demand for consulting services in the field of supply chain optimization. BCG brings deep expertise in strategic planning, international know-how, and interdisciplinary teams, among others. Miebach has a strong track record spanning several decades, especially in the optimization of logistics networks, processes, and logistics systems, also drawing on its in-depth engineering expertise. Both partners are building on the potential of digital and analytics in their consulting approach, using digital twins of supply chains, for instance.
"BCG can give us even more impact with its globally recognized expertise, its interdisciplinary structure, and its in-depth digital competence," says Dr. Joachim Miebach. "We are delighted to have found in Miebach an internationally renowned partner for the rapidly growing supply chain consulting business that perfectly complements our portfolio," summarizes Matthias Tauber. "Both sides will benefit from this partnership-for the good of our clients."
Boston Consulting Group (BCG) partners with leaders in business and society to tackle their most important challenges and capture their greatest opportunities. BCG has been a pioneer in business strategy since it was founded in 1963. Boston Consulting Group helps clients with comprehensive transformation-inspiring complex change, enabling organizations to grow, building competitive advantage, improving customer and employee satisfaction, and driving bottom-line impact.
To succeed, organizations must blend digital and human capabilities. BCG's diverse, global teams bring deep industry and functional expertise and a range of perspectives to spark change. BCG delivers solutions through leading-edge management consulting along with technology and design, digital and analytics, corporate and digital ventures-and business purpose. BCG works in a uniquely collaborative model across the firm and throughout all levels of the client organization, generating results that allow its clients to thrive. The company has offices in more than 90 cities in over 50 countries and generated revenue of $8.6 billion in 2020 with its 22,000 employees worldwide. More information: www.bcg.com.
USA, 18 February 2021
North America expands executive leadership team in response to growth
Miebach Consulting is pleased to announce that Bill Kincaid, who previously worked for LLamasoft as Vice President for Customer Success, has joined the company to lead the continued growth of the Supply Chain Transformation Business Unit. Nick Banich, who formerly lead this position, will be taking the new role of Chief Revenue Officer for the operations in the United States and Canada effective immediately.
“This change is an exciting moment for both the North American and Miebach global organization,” said Bernard Tremblay, Chief Executive Officer for Miebach Consulting North America. “I am delighted to have Bill coming in to take charge of the Supply Chain Transformation business unit. He is a highly respected professional in the Supply Chain Design space who was paramount on delivering success for LLamasoft’s most complex customers and projects. His impressive career over the past 3 decades includes a diverse mix of leadership roles in industry, in consulting, and in technology that will ensure our work continues to provide our clients with well-founded solutions.”
“Nick has done a great job expanding Miebach’s capability in the Transformation space and I am looking forward to him being able to focus on our client’s success and expanding our services across the entire organization,” Bernard continued.
As the head of the Supply Chain Transformation business unit, Bill will be responsible for the project delivery and professional development associated with Miebach’s most strategic services. He will continue to drive forward Miebach’s leading position in the supply chain design and planning space, while working to continue to evolve Miebach’s services to embrace the digital decision-making age. This includes a growing managed services practice that is embracing the rise of BPaaS (Business Process as a Service).
“I am excited to be joining Miebach’s Supply Chain Transformation team and supporting the growth and innovation to deepen the practice,” Bill remarked. “My goal is to leverage the dynamic team that Nick has led, bring in my diverse experience, and deliver what our customers need. The expanded service offering we are planning will position our practice to be the holistic advisor for Supply Chain Transformation.”
Bill Kincaid has built his 35 year career focused within Supply Chain, of which the past 9 were at Miebach’s alliance partner, LLamasoft. Prior to this, Bill worked at a 3rd party logistics company, MIQ Logistics as their Director of Solutions and Business Development. This was preceded by launching CBREs internal supply chain consulting group as the VP and Managing Director of the practice. Prior to CBRE, he was a Director of Distribution for Scholastic Inc., Senior Manager of Logistics Engineering at Ryder, and a Senior Manager of Logistics at AJM Packaging. Before these roles, Bill was a manager at E&Y in their supply chain practice and held a variety of roles for over a decade at UPS.
Nick Banich Promoted to Chief Revenue Officer for North America
As Chief Revenue Officer, Nick will oversee all aspects of customer success, alliances, sales, and marketing within the United States and Canada. A critical piece of his focus will be on working alongside customers to fully understand how Miebach’s diverse and growing portfolio of services can align with the challenges facing supply chain leaders. A key factor to this growth is the increasing portfolio of alliances to the Miebach Group, and Nick will be driving those relationships forward to maximize the value they bring to customers.
A committed executive with a passion for innovation, Nick has been a paramount driver of Miebach’s growth in North America for the past decade. Under his leadership, the Supply Chain Transformation group has developed its industry recognized expertise in production footprinting, distribution network design, and supply chain planning. His impact was not only felt within North America, but his work on key global customers has led to growth across Miebach’s 25 offices around the world.
Alliances are an important part of the Miebach portfolio to offer the full reach and depth that complex initiatives require. Nick was the one who cemented the start of the LLamasoft relationship in North America in 2013, worked to scale is globally since then, and will continue to grow the relationship with Coupa. Additionally, he has quickly leveraged the new JLL strategic alliance to drive additional value to legacy Miebach and JLL clients on joint pursuits.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the talent dense group of individuals that are a part of the Supply Chain Transformation delivery team,” Nick reflected before going on. “This new role represents an exciting opportunity not just for me, but our organization, and most importantly our clients. Given the ever-increasing rate businesses’ need to evolve, the rising use cases for digitalization, and the increasing complexity of transformational programs - it has become imperative that we can provide the full range of Miebach services and geographic reach to each of our clients. Thus, I look forward to working with our client’s and deepening the relationship as all of us in the industry being readying for the post-pandemic world.
JLL & Miebach Consulting Strategic Business Alliance
United Kingdom and Germany, 26 January 2021
JLL and Miebach Consulting enter into strategic business alliance
Alliance mutually strengthens supply chain offering and end-to-end real estate solutions for clients
German-based international supply chain consulting and material flow engineering firm Miebach Consulting and global real estate professional services firm JLL announce that they have entered into a strategic business alliance. The alliance will integrate both firms' real estate, technology, sustainability supply chain and material flow expertise to deliver end-to-end strategy and execution services for clients in the logistics and production sector.
JLL is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. It is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $18.0 billion, operations in over 80 countries with a global workforce of over 92,000 and 800 supply chain and logistics specialists.”
JLL and Miebach will deliver a holistic supply chain solution including the real estate financial element, offering customers and the market a joint value proposition helping them face the supply chain operational and financial challenges that have been exacerbated by Covid-19 pandemic. The alliance will also leverage technology to enable a data-driven decision-making process to pinpoint the right locations within the network and drive more flexible, efficient and customer-oriented supply chains. Companies will benefit from deeper insights of how factors such as automation, digitalization, building specification and global network optimization will shape the warehouse of the future.
The alliance comes at a time of heightened demand for supply chain services by businesses across the globe. Despite the reopening of many physical stores, the continued boom of e-commerce is putting supply chain management in the spotlight and accelerating the demand for logistics space globally.
Guy Gueirard, Head of JLL Supply Chain & Logistics Services, EMEA, added: "The link between supply chains and real estate is now more important than ever. The adoption of e-commerce accelerated by the disruption of brick-and-mortar retail at the height of the pandemic has strained global supply-chain networks. It has also highlighted the criticality of logistics and resilient supply chains for key sectors around the world.
This alliance is an important step forward in reinforcing our supply chain growth strategy, which will enable to offer clients more responsive, technology driven, flexible and sustainable solutions. Clients will benefit from the unique combination of Miebach's supply chain consulting and engineering experience and our established real estate expertise. We look forward to working together with Miebach as we develop and service a mutual client base in the future."
Jürgen Hess, CEO of Miebach Consulting, commented: "As omni-channel retail, e-commerce, automation and other drivers become stronger features in a fundamentally changing supply, production, distribution, and storage landscape, the ability to design and implement effective and dynamic supply chain networks that include adaptable real estate and facilities within flexible occupational portfolios, and which explore a range of financial options, will be an imperative for our clients.
The business alliance is centered around offering clients single source, end-to-end advice to enable them to accelerate business growth. Our clients operating internationally will benefit from an alliance that combines international scope with local knowledge."
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More information you will find on the JLL & Miebach alliance page.
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $18.0 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 92,000 as of September 30, 2020. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit https://www.us.jll.com.
Spain, 21 January 2021
MANGO receives CEL 2020 award in the company category
On January the 13th, the winners of the CEL Awards for Logistics Excellence were announced and MANGO was awarded for developing a global supply chain in the fashion industry. MANGO has counted on the collaboration of Miebach Consulting for this development, specifically in the automation project of its logistics platform in Lliçà d'Amunt from the beginning and throughout the different phases of the project.
The prizes awarded by the Centro Español de Logística for the last 30 years recognize the greatest achievements of companies in the supply chain in Spain, regardless of the sector in which they operate, and constitute the highest recognition in the logistics field in our country. This year, exceptionally, the awards ceremony was held in a virtual format, bringing together the professionals of the Supply Chain around the most relevant and innovative projects related to logistics and the supply chain.
José Estrada, the Managing Director of CEL, was responsible for announcing that the CEL Award in the Company category went to MANGO. For his part, Antonio Pascual, Supply Chain Director of the fashion company, praised the vision, initiative and effort of the large number of professionals who form part of the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that characterizes and forms part of Mango's DNA, stressing that this project has enabled the company to transform its logistics, improve its service to customers and move towards a more sustainable management model.
Summary of Miebach Consulting's services for MANGO
MANGO's logistics center, which covers an area of 190,000 square metres, incorporates the latest automation technologies for both folded and hanging garments, and is capable of managing 75,000 units per hour. From the center, the company supplies more than 2,100 points of sale around the world.
The hanging garment installation is one of the most automated in Europe, having an automated storage and picking system. On the other hand, the folded garment installation contains different innovative elements, among them an automatic box storage. Additionally, the order preparation system has automatic garment sorters and a man-picking system.
The facility also has a new warehouse management system which, linked to MANGO's corporate system, governs the entire facility in coordination with the automated systems.
MANGO was supported by Miebach Consulting, from the initial design to the commissioning of the facility, which was developed in stages, in a progressive manner. Miebach Consulting's services covered the definition of the automation requirements, the selection of the logistics integrators for both the automations and the Warehouse Management System, and the management of the implementation, including the detail projects, monitoring of the assembly and tests until its commissioning.
MANGO was founded in 1984 and is now one of the world's leading fashion groups. With its origins and headquarters in Barcelona, it has an extensive network of more than 800,000 m2 in more than 110 countries. From its Design Centre "El Hangar" in Palau-Solità i Plegamans, over 18,000 garments and accessories are designed every year in accordance with the trends of the season. The company closed 2017 with sales of 2,194 million euros. More information at www.mango.com.
Germany, 05 November 2020
Miebach study: Sustainability has arrived in supply chain management
Even though the corona pandemic has pushed many future topics and plans into the background, companies are working on initiatives for greater sustainability. The results of the study suggest that a successful turnaround towards sustainability can be achieved if consumers first rethink and transform this new way of thinking into action and demand.
Nevertheless, according to Thorsten Gensmer, Director, Miebach Consulting GmbH, companies should not sit back: "Those who think ahead now and lay the foundation for sustainable business activities can profit greatly from the newly developing market. Collective actions with a complete cradle-to-cradle approach are necessary for greater climate protection goals in the supply chain. The high level of planned initiatives shows that this can already be worthwhile now!
These are the results of the current sustainability study by Miebach Consulting. In mid-2020, the international supply chain consultancy examined which strategies and measures companies are taking to make supply chains sustainable - and to what extent sustainability and corporate goals can be combined.
277 companies took part in the global online study, including an unusually high proportion of managing directors (18%), which illustrates the importance and strategic significance of the topic.
The motivation for sustainability is tied to the idea of efficiency and cost reduction
With regard to the most recent and the next planned initiative, the majority of respondents cited an improvement in efficiency with an average of 14%, or a cost reduction with an average of 15% as motivation. This is followed by topics such as CO2 reduction (7%), green packaging or the reduction of plastics in general (7%). Sustainable measures based on ecological or social motivation, such as employee health and safety (1%) or environmental protection (1%), are rarely mentioned.
Sustainability in supply chain management is gaining in importance
The surveyed companies have implemented an average of 16 sustainability initiatives in their companies. For the future, however, the surveyed companies plan to almost double (+97%) the number of sustainable initiatives already implemented within the next few years. This suggests that sustainability in supply chain management will gain in importance.
High resource input and complexity discourage
In general, sustainable initiatives are considered less attractive if they require a high level of resource input, such as the development of reverse logistics, which is rated at just 4.2 out of 10 points. Even already complex topics, such as network planning, which is rated 4.6, are perceived as less important. Therefore, resource-saving and relatively simple measures are generally preferred.
The free report on the results of the Miebach study "Sustainable Supply Chain Management" is available and can be requested under this link.
Spain, 20 October 2020
Miebach Consulting participates in urban logistics project with European Union
The ULaaDS (Urban Logistics as an on-Demand Service) project, financed by the European Commission and launched in early September, proposes a new approach for more innovative solutions in urban logistics. It aims to develop sustainable and livable cities by relocating logistics activities and reconfiguring the flow of goods at different scales, allowing local people and businesses to easily use alternative methods of purchase and delivery.
The consortium responsible for this project is composed of 24 partners of different nature: municipal entities, research centers, start-ups, logistics operators, and professional associations. Miebach Consulting is participating as a consulting company.
The objective of ULaaDS is to demonstrate and evaluate a comprehensive combination of innovative logistics solutions (vehicles, equipment, and infrastructure), new frameworks for horizontal collaboration (driven by the collaborative economy) and tactical urban planning interventions as catalysts for systemic change in the infrastructure of urban and peri-urban services.
Five new urban logistics business models and schemes will be developed, with the following preliminary ideas having been defined for the time being: last mile in cargo bicycles carrying pallet-sized containers, use of the infrastructure and public transport network for the distribution of goods, and the use of urban goods distribution platforms. The pilots will be carried out in three cities: Bremen (Germany), Mechelen (Belgium), Groningen (Netherlands) but the project will be replicated in four other satellite cities: Alba Iulia (Romania), Bergen (Norway), Edinburgh (Scotland) and Rome (Italy).
The role of Miebach Consulting is to analyze the results of the pilots and to elaborate the business case in order to make these sustainable and flexible distribution solutions an attractive alternative in terms of cost, service, and time requirements for companies and logistics operators.
This project financed by the European Commission will provide a new basis to support the re-planning of urban logistics, aligning industrial, commercial, and governmental needs. This will create favorable conditions for the private sector to adopt sustainable principles dedicated to urban logistics, while increasing the adaptive capacity of cities to respond to changing needs. The results of the project will lead to open decision support tools and systems.
More information about the project: Pank Bedaux (email@example.com)
USA, 24 September 2020
Victoria Ma recognized as one of Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s Women in Supply Chain
Leading B2B Publication Releases Annual List of the Supply Chain's Top Female Professionals
Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the only magazine in the supply chain industry covering the entire global supply chain that focuses on ROI, professional development and change management, celebrates its 20-Year Anniversary with the introduction of a new award designed specifically for women leaders in the supply chain industry.
The Women in Supply Chain award honors female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship and examples set a foundation for women in all levels of a company's supply chain network.
"We received over 200 entries for this new award, entries that were submitted from a combination of men and women. This proves that our industry needed an award like this, especially in conjunction with Supply & Demand Chain Executive's 20-year anniversary," says Marina Mayer, editor-in-chief of Supply & Demand Chain Executive and Food Logistics. "According to Gartner's 2020 Women in Supply Chain Survey, 17% of chief supply chain officers are now women - a 6% increase compared to 2019. This award resembles females supporting other female leaders; men supporting their female counterparts. It resembles the future. It represents growth, evolution, and community. And that future shows that it's a great time to be a part of the supply chain industry. So congratulations to these top female leaders. I look forward to seeing what else you do to grow the supply chain industry."
Victoria Ma, Manager and Global Lead of the LLamasoft Center of Excellence at Miebach Consulting, is one of the winners of this award.
"I am honored and humbled to be named one of Supply & Demand Chain Executive's Women in Supply Chain," remarked Ms. Ma. "The diverse and inclusive nature of Miebach Consulting and the clients we work with are a major contributing factor in my success and professional growth. I strongly believe that having women of cultural minorities in the industry is an advantage for supply chains. We bring new and creative perspectives to the industry's hardest challenges."
Nick Banich, partner at Miebach Consulting, commented, “The level of trust our clients place in Victoria, her teams, and her recommendations speaks to her expertise, commitment, and drive. The supply chain industry as well as the consulting industry as a whole are vastly under-represented when it comes to female leaders, and we will all benefit with more individuals such as Victoria are not only participating in our organizations, but driving them forward.”
Check out the September issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive for the full list of all of the 2020 Women in Supply Chain winners: https://digital.acbusinessmedia.com/SDC/2020/19150_092420/index.html
About Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive's user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. Go to www.SDCExec.com.
Switzerland, 15 September 2020
Miebach supports the Swiss Museum of Transport in the conception of the exhibition “Experience Logistics!”
On September 1, 2020, the technical museum "Swiss Museum of Transport" in Lucerne officially opened the main exhibition "Experience Logistics!" The museum has been transformed into a logistics world to give the public a playful introduction to the diverse tasks of logistics and professional fields. Miebach Consulting was involved in the conception of the exhibition from the beginning of the first idea, accompanied the implementation and is partner of the project.
Logistics is much more than the truck on the road!
The "Swiss Museum of Transport" is an internationally renowned technical museum for transport and mobility and the most popular museum in Switzerland. In the Experience Logistics! exhibition, visitors can experience the world of goods traffic, the supply chain networks, and transport systems hands-on. In the outdoor area of the museum, a large-format high-bay warehouse can be viewed, while in the indoor area the theme island "Logistics" can be discovered in a small format. An automatic small parts warehouse, an interactive media wall with the "Supply Game", on which the path of chocolate from the cultivation of cacao to the supermarket shelf is shown, and an animated miniature model, virtual reality journeys, as well as scanning and picking stations provide insightful experiences in the different tasks and fields of logistics activities.
The exhibition was realized in cooperation with the Swiss Logistics Foundation and various logistics associations and companies.
Dr. Beat Meier, Director, Miebach Consulting said:
"Logistics plays a major role in the economy, but it is still not very well known and is often perceived from a narrow perspective. The exhibition is intended to give, especially for a younger audience, a playful introduction to the diversity of logistics and to show the exciting different fields of purchasing, production logistics, control, scheduling, supply chain management and much more. We hope that the exhibition will attract more attention to logistics and contributes to improving its image".
The main exhibition "Experience Logistics!" in the Swiss Museum of Transport, Lidostrasse 5 in CH-6006 Lucerne, is currently open and is available to visitors until late summer 2022, including the outdoor area. The new logistics theme island (indoor area) in the Strassenhalle will remain in operation at least until 2025. Further information: www.verkehrshaus.ch
Germany, 05 August 2020
What should you do if your warehouse no longer meets customer and market requirements?
Customer needs and market requirements are changing more than ever and are putting companies under pressure to act. Traditional business models must be abandoned and replaced by more suitable concepts. On increasingly digital channels, the challenge is to successfully reach one's target groups, to create purchasing needs and to meet these needs. The corona crisis is intensifying the pressure for change. With declining profitability and efficiency, corporate existences are at stake in almost all industries.
All these aspects have an impact on the available storage capacity. These must be expanded or reduced. "Rightsizing" through new real estate could be a solution, but it ties up capital and cannot be implemented quickly.
Alternatives to rightsizing through new construction are downgrading or upgrading of the existing plant, such as in the following example scenarios:
- The warehouse has reached its capacity limit, but there are currently no funds for investments.
- New investment is not ready in time to provide necessary capacity.
- The cost savings of automation are not exhausted, there are still many manual processes, poor control of the plant, etc.
- Revenue is decreasing and may offer the opportunity to reduce shifts and floor space; automation need to support shorter working hours and less floor space.
- IT system world is old and inflexible and the maintenance end of WMS or PLCs is reached - new processes and easy automation cannot be implemented.
- Profitability forces to save 15% of costs by increasing productivity.
- Logistics areas are to be transferred to production.
Retrofit and tuning of automation
Retrofitting and tuning of the existing logistics center or the existing automation is a cost-optimal and efficient alternative to new construction. The optimization includes processes & existing IT solutions, space, warehouse technology and people & organization.
For the logistic optimization with a retrofit/tuning the following questions should be answered:
- What additional throughput can we achieve?
- What are fast improvements to get additional capacity?
- Which systems and technologies need to be replaced to ensure the availability of the overall system?
- How can new solutions and the IT landscape be integrated?
- How can we increase warehouse efficiency with Quick Wins?
- How is the implementation carried out during operation?
Possible options for a retrofit/tuning plan could be selective investments in hardware (replacement of components) or software. But is fixing isolated problems enough to improve your bottom line?
Successful optimization begins with a holistic view of processes, IT solutions, technologies and people & organization. Miebach uses simulation to faster and better examine capacities and obstacles, weaknesses and potentials of these cost and value drivers. Our simulation and data analysis tools support you in determining the optimal adaptation of your existing system and its effects on the overall network.
Miebach Consulting supervises the entire retrofit process from design phase to go-live. For the exchange of the IT control system and the adaptation of the SAP system Miebach coordinates with Westernacher, a global business and SAP consulting company which is internationally leading in business processes and technology innovations.
Would you like to learn more about how we can help you to adapt your warehouse to changing requirements with an efficient and cost-effective Retrofit & Tuning? Contact us today.
Germany, 21 July 2020
Outsourcing Study 2020: Employee recruitment and qualification confirmed as success factor
In cooperation with the logistics newspaper “Deutsche Verkehrs-Zeitung” (DVZ) Miebach Consulting conducted the eighth edition of an outsourcing study for logistics experts from industry, trade and service providers. The top focus of this year's survey has been the topic personnel. More than 360 shippers and 170 logistics service providers from Europe, Central and South America took part in the study.
Central results of the success factors and trends in logistics outsourcing 2020 are:
Employee recruitment and qualification are confirmed as success factors. 97 % of German logistics service providers consider employee recruitment, qualification and retention to be the decisive success factors, another 87 % expect that the concept of employee recruitment in the context of an award decision will gain in importance and only 17 % follow the statement that employee recruitment and qualification will lose in importance for logistics service providers due to higher automation and digitalization.
The assessment of both German and international shippers regarding the outsourcing suitability of various logistics functions is clear: outsourcing continues to be dominated by classic transport and warehousing services. This is also confirmed by the assessment of logistics service providers. The clear dominance of classic transport and warehousing processes is also reflected in the question of which functions companies plan to outsource in the future. While around two-thirds say that they have already outsourced transport completely and that there is therefore less future potential, the greatest outsourcing potential is found in the area of warehousing and order picking.
For the first time, the importance of the selection criteria between storage and transport services differs and regional differences in the importance of the individual criteria are also increasing.
A slight increase in insourcing is also evident. 24 % of shippers respond that they are planning insourcing for the future - in addition to classic warehouse processes, now also in returns processing and transport planning.
The future of outsourcing is viewed much more critically in Germany than 3 years ago. Among both shippers and service providers, the proportion of those who expect a further increase in outsourcing has fallen significantly - in favour of those who expect a stable proportion.
"Future growth in outsourcing will take place primarily outside Germany. This is a development that we have been observing for some time. For example, the total outsourcing volume in Germany has tended to grow in terms of price and volume in recent years, while genuine new business in logistics outsourcing is becoming increasingly rare. " - says Dr. Klaus-Peter Jung, Miebach Consulting.
The complete study report can be requested from Ralf Hoffmann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Spain, 22 June 2020
Miebach Consulting Develops a Business Intelligence Platform for Discana
Discana is a global logistics company specializing in the beverage sector, with 30 years of experience handling and finishing services, reverse logistics, logistics and quality. The company, who serves as logistics operator for Heineken, recently required the services of Miebach Consulting to provide greater visibility into the operation of its Warehouse Management System.
Discana and Miebach Consulting had collaborated previously for an audit of the operations and infrastructures of the company, from which the recommendation for the implementation of a Warehouse Management System (WMS) arose, as well as in the process of tendering, design and support of its implementation.
The implementation of the WMS allowed Discana to improve the overall efficiency of operations, digitize management, and improve data quality, ensuring total traceability and improving service quality. They decided that operations required greater visibility, so they asked Miebach to develop a Business Intelligence platform that would perform a continuous analysis of operational KPI's and provide intuitive, graphical and "user-friendly" analytical data.
The project was developed in four stages: definition of indicators and dashboards, development of the data model (connection with the WMS database), development of the dashboards, and implementation of the solution, which included a training session of Qlik Sense, the software used by Miebach for the development of the platform.
According to Borja Segura, General Manager of Discana: "The project developed by Miebach has allowed us to make visible the historical data collected by the WMS, giving us value and facilitating short-term resource planning."
Germany, 19 May 2020
SHOP APOTHEKE EUROPE invests in state-of-the-art logistics hub
SHOP APOTHEKE EUROPE, one of the leading online pharmacies in Continental Europe, is meeting the development of the order volume, which has been growing steadily for years, by moving into a new office and logistics center in Sevenum near Venlo (Netherlands). This will speed up all processes involved in the shipment of over-the-counter and prescription medications as well as beauty products, and will further optimize customer service.
"The new central warehouse is the final element in completing our logistics project. We have set the goal of creating the best possible shopping experience for our customers in terms of product range, quality and speed of delivery, and also to increase efficiency," explains Theresa Holler, Chief Pharmacist and Chief Operating Officer of SHOP APOTHEKE EUROPE.
At the ground-breaking ceremony in June last year, Stefan Feltens, CEO of SHOP APOTHEKE EUROPE, said: "Our goal is to continue to grow significantly faster than our competitors and to serve our markets from Venlo. With the new logistics center, we will be able to increase the shipping volume from currently 12 million to more than 35 million parcels within a few years".
Miebach Consulting was already assigned with the concept, detailed planning and tendering in 2018/2019 and has also been supporting SHOP APOTHEKE EUROPE since the beginning of the year in the realization of the central warehouse, which will become the new central hub of the European distribution network.
Together with SHOP APOTHEKE EUROPE Miebach Consulting realizes an efficient integral process with high dynamics and modular scalability. With the innovative character of this jointly developed picking and dispatch solution, SHOP APOTHEKE EUROPE is well positioned for future requirements. Automated storage and picking areas as well as innovative partial elements lead to flexibility and high throughput in the largely multi-storey logistics area of 40,000 square meters.
Approximately 950 employees currently work at the Venlo site, while around 200 employees work at the Cologne city site, from where they manage the company's e-commerce activities, among others.
The investment sum amounts to 50-60 million euros for intralogistics and IT alone. The first deliveries to customers are scheduled for the end of 2020.
Germany, 07 May 2020
Miebach Pharma and Life Science Study 2020: Digitalization is changing the pharmaceutical supply chain
Can Digital Transformation, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Robotics be the answer to some of the main Supply Chain challenges? How relevant are these technologies in the short, medium and long term?
In the last Miebach Pharma Study of 2016, topics such as supply chain visibility, improving prediction accuracy, track & trace and serialization requirements were identified as the most important challenges for the future. None of the participants at that time commented on the digital challenges and the profound changes in this area. In 2020, the topic of digital disruption is now the focus of decision-makers in the Pharma supply chain. 540 professionals have been participating in the survey, representing Europe, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, USA-Canada and Latin America.
Digital transformation is a management task
Approximately 60% of the participants consider Digital Transformation as a top management priority, while 80% expect to realize the benefits of digital initiatives within the next five years.
The most important short-term measures most frequently mentioned in the study are cooperation with partners in the supply chain, big data/machine learning, robotics and automation.
The key challenges for the pharmaceutical supply chain are not only driven by digital developments - the pressure to reduce costs in the supply chain is growing and is recognized by the study participants as the most important challenge. However, apart from the top focus on cost reduction, some of the key drivers have not changed much over the last eight years (Miebach Pharma Studies 2012, 2016, 2020) and have always been in the range of 80-95% in the responses, which are end-to-end supply chain visibility, improving forecast accuracy and optimizing the distribution network.
Other topics have decreased significantly in importance during this period, mainly due to the successful implementation of track and trace as well as protective measures against counterfeit drugs, especially through the implementation of serialization requirements.
Impact of new Technologies
New technologies have a strong influence on the transformation process of supply chains. Pharmaceutical and life science companies expect to implement the following technologies in the short term: Real-time process monitoring, manufacturing execution system (MES), robotics & automation, predictive maintenance, big data. However, many companies still lack the user-friendly tools and full management support to fully exploit the potential of these technologies.
"End-to-end supply chain visibility is seen by all as the ultimate goal of a mature and efficient supply chain. Digital transformation will certainly help in this regard, but first all parties involved have to be fully integrated. The ability to track components and products from manufacturer to destination is probably one of the most desired outcomes of digital transformation" - according to Martin Eckert, Head of Global Pharma & Life Sciences, Miebach Consulting.
The complete report on the results of the Miebach Pharma & Life Science Study 2020 can be requested from Ralf Hoffmann, Miebach Consulting (e-mail: email@example.com).
Furthermore, Miebach Consulting offers a webinar series on the results of the study. Interested parties can get more information and register for the webinars free of charge under this link.
Germany, 20 April 2020
Miebach strengthens Global Alliance partnership with LLamasoft
Miebach Consulting strengthens the Global Alliance partnership with LLamasoft by certifying additional employees in the LLamasoft Supply Chain Suites. Several Miebach Consultants have participated in the LLamasoft credential program "SCD-1" and have been trained as supply chain design software modelers.
With more than 50 certified modelers worldwide, Miebach Consulting is one of the leading LLamasoft software accreditation partners and supports companies in planning and implementing projects for end-to-end supply chain optimization. The credential program strengthens Miebach's intention to build up in-house supply chain design expertise with customers and deepen CoE (Center of Excellence) activities.
Marcel Reinhardt, Principal and Head Supply Chain Transformation, says:
"Designing supply chains successfully is much more than a software topic. A critical factor is the user's expertise in supply chain planning. With the LLamasoft certification of our employees we combine our engineering and consulting expertise with the software capabilities of LLamasoft. Our customers get a closer look and optimization solutions for their network under the holistic view of their entire ecosystem.“
About the LLamasoft SCD-1 Credential:
The LLamasoft SCD-1 Credential is a software-neutral, professional certificate. Holders of the SCD-1 certificate demonstrate fundamental knowledge of SCM / supply chain design software, including basic principles of optimization with simulation and heuristics as well as common practices in data transformation, modeling, analysis and visualization.
Further software support in the corona crisis - COVID-19 Response Center
Beyond the accreditation Miebach Consulting is currently designing the structure of a COVID-19 app. The app supports companies in risk analysis, adaptation and control of the supply chain in case of a crisis, e. g. a virus-related shutdown of a plant. Here you can get more information about the COVID-19 Response Center from our partner LLamasoft: https://llamasoft.com/covid-19- response-center/
Germany, 16 April 2020
Invitation to Survey about Sustainable Supply Chain Management
In view of the corona pandemic, many other questions and challenges are currently becoming less important. Nevertheless, we should not forget what situation we are coming from and where we will return to after Corona. In times of rising sea levels, advancing global warming and the increasing frequency of natural disasters, sustainability and the minimization of our own environmental impact are important topics. Their relevance includes not only social debates, but also business strategies and processes.
Miebach Consulting and the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences therefore want to create a better understanding of sustainable supply chain management (SCM) and corresponding business practices in a new survey.
As the main focus, we want to examine the questions of what strategies and measures companies are taking to make supply chains sustainable - and to what extent sustainability and business objectives can be reconciled.
Participation in the survey takes about 20 minutes. The results will be evaluated completely anonymously and the results report will be sent to each respondent upon request.
The following link leads to the online questionnaire of the study:
Further information on the study can be obtained from Steffen Henninger (Henninger@miebach.com).
Belgium, 02 April 2020
Miebach designs Global Distribution Center for Barry Callebaut – which is recognized with Foreign Investment Trophy
Barry Callebaut, the world's largest manufacturer of cocoa and chocolate products, intends to centralize its global logistics activities in Lokeren, Belgium in a 60,000 m² facility. The plans for the new distribution center for Barry Callebaut have already been recognized with the Foreign Investment Trophy, as the best foreign investment in Flanders. The Belgium real estate investor WDP will develop this unique, logistics warehouse site together with a strong network of partners, including Miebach Consulting.
Miebach Consulting supported Barry Callebaut from strategy to implementation: first with a feasibility and make-or-buy study in order to evaluate the best option for the company's centralization plans, followed by developing the design of the new distribution center, supporting the tender phase and investor selection. Now Miebach is supporting the implementation phase. Completion is planned for the summer of 2021.
The new logistics complex will be fully on par with Barry Callebaut's ambitious "Forever Chocolate" sustainability strategy - it will be built with the highest standards for sustainable developments, it will be energy-neutral and consist of the latest logistics technology including a completely automated high bay warehouse with 40 meters in height.
By centralizing the storage of all packaged chocolate, the efficiency of the flow of goods will be optimized. The new warehouse will be fully equipped with, amongst others, solar panels, geothermal energy, charging stations for electric vehicles and facilities for cyclists. In addition, it will also have a direct connection to the port of Antwerp for global distribution.
Masha Vis-Mertens, VP Operations and Supply Chain Organization at Barry Callebaut, says, "this award recognizes the hard work put in by the entire project team and the unique partnership we have with our partners, WDP and the city of Lokeren. The warehouse will allow us to make our operations more efficient and improve our service. From the distribution center in Lokeren we will be able to stock our packaged products and have them shipped across the world. In other words, it is our window to the future and through it, we will continue to share our passion and expertise for Belgian chocolate with the rest of the world."
Marc Meuleman, Managing Director of Miebach Consulting Benelux adds, "Excellence in Logistics is a competitive advantage and an enabler for realizing strategic targets. For this, the new distribution center will be one key ingredient and is designed to meet the requirements for additional volume growth. All processes are set-up to perfectly match the demands of Barry Callebaut's customers, enabling high service levels and highest efficiency and quality in worldwide delivery".
Have a look at the construction progress of Barry Callebaut’s biggest chocolate warehouse in the world end of 2020 in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D94t5W-byw&feature=emb_logo.
Germany, 06 March 2020
Digital meeting place instead of trade fair visit: Miebach webinars
The corona virus has reached Germany - with consequences for the population and the economy. In order to protect people from infection with the corona virus and to prevent the further spread of the pandemic, many major events and trade fairs have already been postponed or cancelled - such as the most important international logistics trade fair LogiMAT. Miebach Consulting is also taking measures and offering a series of webinars as a digital alternative to the personal exchange of information.
Miebach webinars: Meet the expert online
"For us, the health of our employees, customers and business partners is our top priority and therefore we would like to invite you to our webinars instead of meeting at a trade fair - without any health risk and accessible to everyone" - says Jochen Schühle, CEO Miebach Consulting Germany.
Miebach Consulting offers a webinar series on current logistics and supply chain topics from 10 - 12 March 2020. The webinars will take place live, with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss individual aspects at any time, via webcam, audio or chat functionality.
"Personal contact is immensely important in our consulting business. Even discussions and information services via digital channels cannot replace this. However, with the webinars we want to make it possible to exchange information with logistics experts at short notice and on a secure basis" - according to Schühle.
The exclusive Miebach "Meet the expert online" webinar topics include
- Supply Chain Financing
- Supply Chain Planning and S&OP
- Digitalization in the supply chain and logistics
- Digital Twin
- Tesla goes Brandburg
- Supply Chain Risk Management
México, 05 March 2020
Miebach designed expansion of Merck's distribution center In Mexico
Merck is a science and technology company that operates across Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials with more than 350 years of experience. The organization has more than 56,000 employees in 66 countries. For reasons of strategic market growth, Merck has decided to move its outsourced operation to an in-house facility in Toluca, Mexico.
Based on Merck's objectives, Miebach designed and planned the construction of an extension to the existing warehouse of the Life Science division with the goal of ensuring both internal flow and optimal distribution of its products until 2025. An additional objective of Merck was the development of an implementation program which did not impact the existing business operation during the entire construction process.
With these objectives, Miebach, together with Merck's operations management, developed the new layout of the facilities based on future distribution needs, improved material flows, and restrictions in the handling of hazardous materials. Also, a transition plan was developed that would allow the optimal realization of the preliminary adaptations of the new facility before the transfer and start of Merck's operation.
Miebach supported Merck also in the execution of the implementation plan, supervising the development of the supplier’s activities responsible for the construction of the warehouse, the installation of a firefighting system in accordance with the hazardous materials and NFPA standards, the construction for cold storage, and a ventilation system specific to the operation; all this in accordance with the quality, safety, and global standards demanded by the business. Miebach's task as a facilitator between Merck and the different suppliers allowed the establishment of effective communication channels that facilitated the development and completion of the required work.
Director de Miebach Consulting México
Phone +52 55 5250-7912
Germany, 04 March 2020
Miebach cancels LogiMAT participation
The corona virus has reached Germany. The health of our employees, customers and business partners is our top priority, therefore we have decided to cancel the participation of Miebach Consulting at LogiMAT. It is not an easy decision to make, but we believe it is the right one under the current circumstances. However, we are looking forward to offering you alternatives to personal meetings at LogiMAT with our webinar series "Meet the expert online", which will be held parallel to the fair from 10 - 12 March! Further information will follow shortly.
Germany, 20 February 2020
New Managing Director for Miebach Consulting Germany
The logistics and supply chain consulting company Miebach Consulting has a new managing director: Since February 1, 2020, Jochen Schühle is CEO of Miebach Consulting GmbH. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of the Miebach offices in the United States and Canada for nine years. Together with Dr. Wolfram Süssenguth (COO) he is now responsible for the management of Miebach Consulting Germany.
With Jochen Schühle the Miebach offices in the USA and Canada have grown significantly and the Miebach brand has been successfully established on the North American market. In Germany, Miebach Consulting aims to continue their growth course and to enhance the market position with services in the areas of digitalization, supply chain transformation and change management, among others.
"What makes Miebach's growth possible is our drive to get things done: we respond quickly and flexibly to our customers, develop innovative concepts with high added value and translate these into realizable business cases and sustainable solutions. I am looking forward to further strengthening the positive business development and corporate philosophy of Miebach Consulting together with my colleague Dr. Wolfram Süssenguth and the entire Miebach team" - said Jochen Schühle, CEO Miebach Consulting Germany.
Jürgen Hess, the previous managing director of the German Miebach company, will move to 100% in the holding management as of April 1, 2020. He has already performed this role on a pro rata basis since 2003. Under Jürgen Hess' 18 years of management, Miebach Consulting was able to more than double their turnover in Germany and expand their holistic consulting approach with supply chain consulting and engineering in Germany.
"By focusing more strongly on my position as Managing Director of the Holding, I can better support our global locations and their development. My goal is to solidify the Miebach Consulting Group as a leading consulting company for logistics and supply chain. As a globally operating company, we can generate competitive advantages for our clients worldwide through thought leadership, high quality standards and innovation" says Jürgen Hess, CEO Miebach Consulting Group.
Since the beginning of this year, Bernard Tremblay, who was previously a member of the management board and head of the Canadian Miebach office in Montreal, has been in charge of the US and Canadian offices as managing director.
Germany, 27 January 2020
Miebach Consulting at LogiMAT 2020
Miebach Consulting, one of the world's leading consulting firms for supply chain management and intralogistics, will participate in LogiMAT from 10-12 March 2020 in Stuttgart and invites visitors to a personal exchange at the Miebach stand in Hall 3, No. B09.
Miebach Consulting sees the digitization of logistics and the utilization of its potential as a key factor for the company's success: "Our customers are aware of the importance of digitization and have already completed or are planning transformation projects for digitization,” says Jürgen Hess, Chairman of the Management Board, Miebach Consulting GmbH. “The goal is clear: Logistics and the supply chain should be interlinked, inventory structures and processes optimized, and data flows seamlessly integrated in order to exceed customer expectations in terms of speed, transparency and service. The answer to the volatile market environment and the technological revolution does not mean wait and see, but proactively shaping the supply chain and logistics for the future and using new technologies as enablers for transformation and optimization."
Miebach Consulting supports the adaptation of the supply chain and logistics to the changing market and customer requirements with services tailored to the respective requirements. These are among others:
Cost savings through logistics optimization: In day-to-day consulting, two main drivers are the goal of logistics optimization projects: Cost savings and service improvement. As a rule, the optimum solution is found between these two requirements. It is worthwhile to look at both the internal / your own logistics as well as the supply chain outside your own warehouse in order to increase the efficiency of operational processes and increase the overall performance of the company.
Digitalization in the supply chain: The traditional goals of supply chains - punctual, complete and cost-effective delivery - are no longer sufficient and must be complemented by speed, transparency and traceability required by customers. Industry 4.0, process digitization, real-time visibility and digital planning systems are essential cornerstones of the digital supply chain.
Digital twin - Simulation Intralogistics: With the help of simulation, supply chains, networks, inventories and business processes can be visualized, planned and optimized down to individual locations. With their digital twin, companies gain transparency of their current costs and processes and can check future scenarios risk-free with their business model and strategy.
For further information on the above-mentioned solutions and beyond, please visit our booth in Hall 3, No. B09. We look forward to meeting you.
We would also like to invite you to join us for the presentation about the results of the Supply Chain Risk Study by Dr. Bernd Müller-Dauppert, Member of the Executive Board, Miebach Consulting. The lecture will take place on 11 March 2020, 01:45 PM in Hall 4, Forum C.
Germany, 21 January 2020
How does personnel shortage affect logistics outsourcing? Invitation to participate in outsourcing study 2020
In cooperation with the "DVZ", a German journal for the logistics and transport industry, Miebach Consulting is conducting the eighth edition of our outsourcing study for logistics experts from the industrial, retail, and service provider sectors and invites you to participate in the online survey until 29 February 2020.
"This year we want to focus on the questions of whether and how the topic of personnel shortage and personnel in general contribute to decision-making and the success of logistics outsourcing – and how logistics service providers deal with these success factors" - says Dr. Klaus-Peter Jung, member of the management board, Miebach Consulting.
Miebach Consulting has been conducting the study on outsourcing at regular intervals for over 20 years. The aim of the study is to identify the current status, criteria, procedures and success factors of logistics outsourcing as well as long-term developments and changes.
A participation in the survey takes about 15 minutes. The results are evaluated completely anonymously and will be sent to each respondent upon request. Thanks for your participation – we will gladly share with you the results of the study!
The following links lead to the online questionnaires, differentiated by industry sector:
Questionnaire for industry & high-tech and retail:
Germany, 04 December 2019
Miebach Consulting acquires suisseplan Ingenieure AG Logistik and expands its industry expertise in the field of airport logistics
Miebach Logistik Holding GmbH, parent company of the international logistics and supply chain consultancy Miebach Consulting, is taking over 100% of the share capital of suisseplan Ingenieure AG Logistik with immediate effect. The consulting and planning company suisseplan Ingenieure AG Logistik, founded in Zurich, is specialized in baggage handling and sorting systems for airport logistics.
In cooperation with the newly acquired subsidiary suisseplan Ingenieure AG Logistik, Miebach is expanding the operative business in Europe and is strengthening its portfolio by consolidating the complementary range of services and core competences of both companies. The former chairman of the management board of suisseplan Ingenieure AG Logistik, Mr. Gerhard Beck, and Mr. Rainer Schulz, managing director of Miebach Consulting Switzerland, will share the management board.
Rainer Schulz states about the strategic acquisition: "The integration of suisseplan Ingenieure AG Logistik into the Miebach Consulting Group creates many positive elements: It enables us to combine industry expertise in airport logistics with our expertise of the entire logistics environment. With the help of our competent team of material flow simulation experts and supply chain consultants, our customers are able to receive this range of services from a single source."
"We welcome Miebach Consulting Group as a new shareholder. Thus, we are setting the course for positioning suisseplan Ingenieure AG Logistik as a valuable and qualified business partner in the future. For our customers, the new partnership is a continuous development of our services. We can thereby rely on the know-how and international consulting experience of Miebach Consulting," comments Managing Director Gerhard Beck.
Suisseplan Ingenieure AG Logistik – a miebach consulting Company
Since 2011, suisseplan Ingenieure AG Logistik, based in Zurich and Munich, has been supporting customers with the planning, implementation and monitoring of professional baggage handling and sorting systems. With numerous successful projects, the company has been established on the European market and will remain a brand under its name. The addition "a miebach consulting company" symbolizes the company’s new business realignment.
Mexico, 17 November 2019
Miebach Consulting Mexico wins national logistics award
Miebach Consulting Mexico received the National Logistics Prize "Tameme 2019 Award" in the category of Logistics Service Provider.
In accordance with the requirements of the selection panel, Miebach Consulting Mexico presented a logistical project of great impact that was implemented together with the client Cemex, a leading international company in the construction sector. The main objective of this project was to improve the purchasing experience of CEMEX's customers through a digital platform that provides speed, responsiveness, and visibility throughout the complete supply chain. This was achieved by increasing the productivity of order taking by validating the availability of inventories and dispatch capabilities, improving the scheduling of transportation aimed at meeting delivery time windows and reducing freight costs including reducing the emission of contaminants, increasing the amount of product shipped, and reducing waiting time.
The panel recognized the quality, excellence, and development of Miebach Consulting in these 19 years of presence in the Mexican market in the implementation of logistics solutions and ecological logistics, as well as its contribution to the progress and advancement of logistics in Mexico through its customers.
Hector Quiñones, CEO, and Jorge Ribas, Managing Partner, represented Miebach Consulting Mexico, to receive the award. They thanked the members of the selection panel, their clients, employees and the media. Quiñones stated that, "The work developed in Mexico for this project has been successfully replicated in 8 countries on 3 continents, so together with CEMEX we are proud to be Mexican exporters of logistics solutions for the world.”
The National Logistics Prize "Tameme Award" was established in Mexico in 2000 and is granted by recognized organizations such as:
- the Secretariat of Economy (SE),
- the Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT),
- the National Council of Executives in Logistics and Supply Chain, A.C. (ConaLog),
- the Confederation of Industrial Chambers of the United Mexican States (CONCAMIM), COMCE,
- the National Autonomous University of Mexico,
- the Anahuac Mexico South University,
- the Iberoamerican University,
- the Interdisciplinary Professional Unit of Engineering and Social and Administrative Sciences (UPIICSA) of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN),
- the magazines "Transport and Tourism" and "T-21"
More information: http://premiologistica.com.mx/
Here a link to the Miebach Mexico Award video on Youtube.
Germany, 10 October 2019
International survey about Supply Chain Management 2020 in Pharma & Life Sciences
Miebach Consulting has launched an international survey in order to evaluate the most relevant challenges and trends for supply chain organizations within the pharma & life sciences industry. Challenges in regulatory requirements, pressure on revenues from the public health sector, personalized medicines and treatments, combined with the megatrend of digital transformation and the internet of things are putting pressure on supply chains today.
"The objective of this fourth edition of the study series is to show relevant supply chain potentials for companies due to present and future changes in the worldwide market. We want to point out which concepts could be an enabler towards an agile, responsive, but still efficient and controllable supply chain today and in future. Your participation in this initiative is very much appreciated" - says Martin Eckert, Partner & Global Expert Pharma Industry, Miebach Consulting.
To gain a holistic and significant industry overview, logistics and supply chain managers in pharma & life sciences companies are invited to take part in this survey. Completion will take about 12 minutes.
Link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/MC-Pharma-Study
The study results with the latest pharma & life sciences supply chain insights will be shared with the participants. The survey is open until January 15, 2020. The study results will be published in April 2020.
Colombia, 10 October 2019
Miebach Consulting Develops an Aftermarket Distsribution Network Study For DINISSAN
Distribuidora Nissan (DINISSAN) is a leading company in the automotive sector and exclusive marketer of the brands Nissan, John Deere Industrial and ZNA in Colombia. At the same time, it offers spare parts sales and after-sales service, for which it has its own distribution network and unique service points at a national level.
As with most companies in the spare parts sector, its product portfolio has grown considerably in recent years, causing a saturation of the current logistics distribution center. Faced with this situation, DINISSAN contacted Miebach Consulting to optimize present and future distribution operations.
In a first phase, DINISSAN, with the support of Miebach Consulting Colombia, developed a study to evaluate the best operating scheme and define the optimal location of the Distribution Center considering two options: maintain the current location and redesign it or diversify the distribution in several centers located in different cities throughout the country to improve the logistics costs and service levels.
With the help of LLamasoft's Supply Chain Guru tool, Miebach Consulting Colombia performed an analysis of the location of CDLs in different cities to define the best distribution option throughout the country, considering operating costs, primary transportation (sea and import), transfers and local distribution.
The result was a network that would consist of two CDLs, one in Bogotá and another in Barranquilla. Over the next 3 years this solution would generate a reduction of the logistical costs between 12% and 15% by reducing the scope of inventories in less than 2 months, improving the distribution flows, modifying the number of backorders, and lowering the cost of breakdowns.
If you would like more information on the project, please contact Paola A. Orejuela V (see contact information below).
Distribuidora Nissan S.A. with the representation of the brand since 1963, is a world class company that is part of the 100 largest companies in the country, offering comprehensive sales and after-sales solutions for all its products through its own distribution network and unique service points nationwide.
Paola A. Orejuela V.
Directora de Proyectos Sénior
Phone +57 1 805-2130
Germany, 22 August 2019
Fashionbrand Triumph International wins Logistics Prize
The lingerie and underwear manufacturer Triumph International has won the Austrian Logistics Prize for its renewed and expanded distribution center at the Wiener Neustadt location in Austria. Miebach Consulting congratulates its customer on this award.
With the transformation of the formerly production-oriented location Wiener Neustadt into a Europe-wide logistics hub, logistics becomes Triumph's core competence and supports the company in achieving its goal of becoming "global service leader 2020".
The logistics prize was awarded by the Logistics Association VNL as part of its annual Austrian Logistics Day at the end of June 2019. According to the VNL, the decisive factors for awarding the prize to Triumph International were above all the successful transformation in a short period of time and the redesign of Omnichannel logistics.
The rebuilt and expanded 40,000 square meter site serves as one of two Europe-wide distribution centers and supplies the Western European markets with products from the Triumph Group - and this across all channels: the company's own outlets, retailers and etailers are supplied. The modernization took three years and was done without interrupting operations.
"We are proud and happy to have received this year's Logistics Award for our completely modernized distribution center. It proves that our hard work has paid off," said Oliver Rossmann, Head of the Logistics Center and Member of the Board of Triumph Austria.
"Congratulations to Triumph International on this success. As Triumph's partner, we are delighted to have contributed to the success of this project as part of the concept planning" - says Michael Greschke, Member of the Management Board and head of the fashion market segment at Miebach Consulting.
Germany, 06 August 2019
Food Fulfillment Center of REWE Group Strengthens E-Food Retailing
REWE Group is strengthening its competitiveness in the e-commerce business with its new Food Fulfillment Center (FFC) 2.0 in Cologne, which has been in operation since the summer of last year. Miebach Consulting supported REWE in the strategic and conceptual planning, tendering and awarding of contracts and accompanied the implementation phase as an independent expert. On the occasion of the one-year anniversary the partners have concluded that the initial phase has been positive.
With the semi-automated Food Fulfillment Center 2.0, REWE has reached an important milestone in its integrated digitalization strategy.
"We are very pleased with the start-up phase of this unique FFC in continental Europe. Using automated shuttle technology, the products from several different cooling zones arrive at the picking station. This significantly increases our picking performance compared to purely manual centers. All in all, the trend-setting technology and process optimization of intralogistics will strengthen our efficiency in the e-com area as well as our services to our customers through higher availability of goods and the possibility of adding new assortments" - says Wolf-Axel Schulze, Head of Automated Fulfillment Center at REWE Digital.
Frank Sonnefeld, Project Manager at Miebach Consulting GmbH, says: "The first continental European warehouse in the e-food sector with a high degree of automation convinces with its efficiency, customer orientation and delivery quality. A short throughput time enables REWE Digital to process large volumes of regular and same-day orders in a highly efficient manner.
On a surface area equivalent to 2.5 soccer fields, shuttle systems and manual areas, six different temperature zones, 38 specially developed goods exit gates for efficient loading and temperature control of the delivery vehicles, fresh counters for sausage and cheese, meat and soon also bakery products form the core elements of the new facility. The REWE Food Fulfillment Center 2.0 has a certified end-to-end cooling concept from goods receipt to delivery to the customer's door, and meets the highest technical building requirements as well as the DGNB sustainability "Gold" standard. In regular operation, the assortment of the Food Fulfillment Center 2.0 includes more than 20,000 articles. As a milestone in the industry, the new location meets all the requirements for e-commerce and is flexibly designed so that future changes can also be considered through adjustments and expansions.
Deutschland, 05 August 2019
Miebach Consulting moves into new office in Munich
As a result of ongoing growth Miebach Consulting moved into a new office in Munich. "The office near the east station is an excellent new location that meets all the requirements of our dynamic business development in German-speaking countries. It is conveniently situated and is integrated into a modern, newly developed office complex" - says Carsten Dickes, member of the management board and site manager of the Munich office.
Miebach Consultants now have almost twice as much space available as they had at the previous location. The office consists of open workplaces, meeting rooms equipped with modern media technology and a "think tank" area.
From its Munich location, Miebach Consulting supports customers in the D/A/CH region in consulting and engineering projects. "The new Munich office is an integral part of Miebach Consulting's global growth strategy and strengthens our presence in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. We are looking forward to being able to support our customers locally with a larger team in the best possible way, and with global know-how" - says Jürgen Hess, Managing Director of Miebach Consulting Germany and CEO of the Miebach Group.
USA, 01 August 2019
SupplyChainBrain names Miebach as Great Supply Chain Partner for 2019
The SupplyChainBrain Publication has maintained the tradition of celebrating top supply chain partners for the past 17 years. Their Top 100 Great Supply Chain Partner listing for 2019 has once again been a competitive field of nominations, showing that there are many companies who are appreciative of their suppliers’ services and solutions.
"For seventeen years running, SupplyChainBrain has published our much-anticipated list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners — a select group of companies whose customers recognize them for providing outstanding solutions and services.” Brad Berger, Publisher
Nominations for the award take place over a six-month period, and supply chain professionals must qualify their selections with information on vendors and service providers whose solutions have made significant impacts on their company’s efficiency, customer service, and overall supply chain performance.
“We don’t take such customer recognition for granted, and work hard every day to provide best value to our customers,” remarked Jochen Schuehle, CEO of Miebach USA and Canada. “Receiving this award is fantastic news and we feel challenged even more to continuously improve our efforts.”
The full list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners can be found at: https://www.supplychainbrain.com/articles/30068-building-success-100-great-supply-chain-partners-of-2019
Spain, 30 July 2019
New Semark logistics center in Spain developed in collaboration with Miebach Consulting
Semark, the leading food distribution group in Cantabria (Spain), which manages the supermarkets “Lupa”, “Top Cash”, “Tifer” and “Telco”, is building a distribution platform that will have several warehouses and will be supported by the latest technological installations. Semark has counted on the collaboration with Miebach Consulting throughout the whole process, from the definition of a master plan for its logistic structure, to the design of the warehouse, which will be inaugurated next September.
The Semark logistics center will have a 37,000 m2 warehouse which will be used for dry products (20,000 m2) and refrigerated products (17,000 m2). At a later stage, a second warehouse will be built for frozen products and an automated picking system will be implemented, as well as other company premises.
Semark has invested €40 million in this platform, which will create 350 jobs and supply 171 points of sale in the north of Spain (which, at the time of the opening of the new facility, will be 174). In addition to having state-of-the-art technology, the center is designed to be sustainable and respectful of the environment, with solar panels for the production of sanitary hot water, heat recovery systems, recharging of electric vehicles using renewable energies and the use of digital energy management equipment.
Close collaboration between Semark and Miebach Consulting
Semark has had the support of Miebach Consulting, whose services included the analysis of the current logistics network, the definition of the optimal structure for the future, the feasibility study of a new center and its design.
According to Fidel Gomez, Logistics Director at Semark, "the new facility is a key part of our growth plan and the modernisation of the company's logistics. The support of Miebach's consultants has been a key factor for the success of the project".
Miquel Viella, Director of Engineering at Miebach Consulting, adds: "The success of the work developed by Miebach and Semark is mainly due to the close collaboration between the two companies. Over the last few years, we have jointly carried out several projects, all focused on generating efficiencies and establishing good practices in the area of the supply chain.
Semark AC Group, S.A. is a Spanish owned food distribution company. It started its activity in 1982 in Santander (Cantabria), where its head office is located. Semark AC Group currently has 171 sales outlets located in Cantabria, Castilla y León and La Rioja. It has two logistics centers located in Santander and Palencia. Supermercados Lupa, Semark's main brand, closed 2018 with a turnover of 535 M€, representing an increase of 7.9% over the previous year. The Cantabrian company has also considerably strengthened its workforce, with more than 4,000 employees at the end of 2018 (1,000 more than the previous year).
USA, 17 July 2019
LLamasoft names Miebach as North American Partner of the Year
This year at LLamaCon in Chicago, LLamasoft recognized a handful of partners for their dedication to delivering value and innovation to clients. “As LLamasoft continues to grow we will increasingly rely on our talented partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, high-quality offerings,” remarked Paul Applegate, Vice President of Alliances at LLamasoft.
He continued, “Miebach Consulting has demonstrated their ability to go above and beyond in their willingness not only invest in LLamasoft’s next generation solutions but also in helping their clients maximize the value of their LLamasoft investment.”
"It’s an honor to be given this recognition,” said Nick Banich, Partner and Lead for the LLamasoft Partner Alliance. “We as a global organization invest a lot of time and energy into LLamasoft. Not only do we use the product on our traditional consulting engagements, but we are quite active in teaching customers of LLamasoft how to apply the product to their supply chain and transforming their organization and culture to successfully deploy the tool and maximize their investment in the product. I believe the majority of companies have only begun to unlock the myriad of use cases with the product, and we are excited for future collaborations with LLamasoft, our customers, and theirs."
Other recipients of the award, given to LLamasoft partners around the world, include 7D Analytics, KORUS Consulting, and Bain. More about the LLamaCon Conference and Partner Awards can be found at www.llamasoft.com/blog
Germany, 26 June 2019
FMCG Supply Chain Study: finding new solutions for a shifting business
Despite the media hype, the implementation of new technologies, like Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Blockchain is rarely successful for FMCG companies in the short-term. Instead, traditional concepts like sales and operations planning and track & trace are becoming more relevant due to their high rate of successful implementation. However, Big Data has proven added value, but most companies still exploit only a fraction of the potential of data-driven support tools.
These are findings from the global FMCG study with more than 360 global participants conducted by Miebach Consulting in collaboration with GS1 Germany in the first quarter of 2019.
Solutions for 2020 in an ever-changing business context
With new logistics and supply chain innovations surfacing almost daily, the study tries to filter the noise and detect which innovations are developing into the standards of 2020. The results indicate that successful early adopters are pushing innovators and supply chain managers of consumer goods companies to challenge the status quo by shifting boundaries to stay ahead of competition.
There is a general feeling among FMCG companies that the business context is shifting: 55 percent of the companies surveyed experience strong to very strong triggers for change. The majority of companies see customer centricity as the key factor for their supply chain management success over the next two years. Collaboration is another very important lever for the future, 60 percent consider collaboration as the relevant trigger with a strong or very strong leverage towards digitization.
"The majority of future technologies require a certain degree of willingness to collaborate. Thus, the willingness to share information, especially in value chain networks, will be a central challenge in the upcoming years" - says Dirk Freda, Head of Competence Center Supply Chain Management, GS1 Germany.
Fuelling logistic performances with KPIs as trigger points for change
With Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) being a leading instrument to steer the performance and development of a company, the survey compared the current and the targeted short-term supply chain performance. The responses clearly indicate that companies expect to considerably improve their KPIs by 2020, with more than half (51 percent) of them expecting to make at least a one-step improvement within the next 2 years.
"FMCG companies are striving to drastically increase their KPIs in order to secure their competitiveness in the age of digital change. It becomes clear that neither traditional supply chain automation nor innovative solutions alone are enough. The combination of both approaches is necessary" - says Pank Bedaux, Global Lead Industry Practice Consumer Goods, Miebach Consulting
Responding to competitive pressure with high customer service levels and increasing Automation
According to the study participants, customer service levels tend to standardize at the range of 96 to 99 percent OTIF. However, only about 25 percent of companies already achieve this level of service while 10 percent of companies must make a significant leap from currently 90-93 percent to reach their targeted KPI by 2020.
The results also show a tendency towards increasing automation - with hardly any company reversing towards more manual solutions.
Alex Waterinckx, Lead of the Industry Practice Consumer Goods Germany, Miebach Consulting states: "We see a growing interest for automated case picking in the market which is confirmed by the survey. Layer picking, especially, is a technology with increasing interest, as retail customers demand less full pallets and therefore require more picking."
The shift towards multi-and omnichannel solutions
Traditional roles in the end-to-end consumer goods supply chain have been blurring over the last years. E-delivery, supply chain orchestration, supply chain segmentation and adapting the footprint to an E-com network are gaining relevance and have already been successfully implemented in 78-100 percent of all projects.
"Multi- and omnichannel warehouse solutions are becoming more common than dedicated channel warehouses, allowing operational synergies on staff as well as on shared use of working capital invested" - says Alex Waterinckx.
Germany, 20 May 2019
SKF implements goods-to-person picking strategy in Europe
On April 10th, 2019, SKF has inaugurated a brand-new goods-to-person picking installation at their Distribution Centre in Airasca, Italy. Miebach Consulting supported the leading global technology provider in the planning and commissioning of the highly efficient material flow solution.
"The goods-to-person picking system, which we developed together with Miebach, is part of our logistics strategy to fulfill customer orders with increasing efficiency and effectiveness, while improving at the same time working conditions to a maximum, as far as ergonomics and safety are concerned" - said Silvio Gallione, General Manager SKF Logistics & Demand Chain Italy.
The system consists of four goods-to-person picking stations, fed by eight high-performance stacker cranes, replacing the original ones in the automated high bay warehouse, and a floor-mounted monorail equipped with 11 carriers. The installation allows flexible picking into SKF Group Standard Pallets (GSP) or into cartons for smaller orders.
"The new process increases picking productivity and considerably reduces vehicular traffic on the warehouse floor. These are decisive performance capabilities to best meet the high demands of SKF's business customers" - says Alberto Alberici, Managing Director Miebach Consulting France and responsible for business development in Italy.
In parallel to the Italian operation, SKF Logistics & Demand Chain is currently implementing at its German Distribution Centre in Schweinfurt another goods-to-person process characterized by innovative automated guided narrow aisle trucks and a floor-mounted monorail system.
With the implementation of the goods-to-person picking strategy in the pallet areas, SKF Logistics & Demand Chain has entered a new level of efficiency in customer order execution.
SKF Logistics & Demand Chain and Miebach Consulting have been successfully cooperating worldwide for more than 40 years.
A video about the renovation of the distribution center in Airasca can be found here.
More information about SKF: https://www.skf.com/group/our-company/index.html
Germany, 18 April 2019
Schaeffler's European Distribution Center on its way to full operation
The European Distribution Center in Kitzingen, Germany, which was inaugurated at the end of June 2018, is currently in the ramp-up phase. From this location the Schaeffler Group is shipping products from the industrial division to the European market as well as to the Americas, Greater China, and Asia/Pacific regions.
Miebach Consulting was responsible for the planning of the material flow technology and of the construction of the new central warehouse and supported Schaeffler in the tendering and awarding as well as in the realization..
"The central warehouse in Kitzingen completes our project for logistics optimization in the industrial sector. With the completion of the ramp-up phase, we want to bring logistics activities in the industrial sector to maximum efficiency and significantly improve delivery performance. We currently have around 60% of the integration volume. ", said Matthias Gossenz, Vice President Corporate Logistics - Warehouse Planning & Control of Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co.KG.
On the occasion of the approaching completion of the project and as a thank you, Miebach Consulting gave the Schaeffler Group an architectural model of their new European distribution center "EDZ Mitte" in Kitzingen on April 17, 2019.
"With this model, we would like to congratulate the Schaeffler Group on its implementation project to support its corporate performance through Supply Chain Excellence. Every visitor to the DC can now get a compact overview of the innovative holistic concept of the installed logistics system, which is ideally customized to the requirements of the B2B customers," says Jürgen Hess, Chairman of the Management Board, Miebach Consulting.
Schaeffler's standard products can be delivered to customers in Europe within 24 to 48 hours after receipt of order. It is also possible to accept and dispatch a customer order up to two hours before the delivery truck's departure. In addition, Schaeffler meets special customer requirements such as shipping the goods in containers or the customer's own packaging. Exceptional sorting processes are possible as well as the marking with recipient-specific labels.
This was solved by a high-performance system consisting of a high-bay warehouse, an automated small parts warehouse and workplaces of various functions, which implement the principle goods-to-person. Here, the employees receive the goods to be processed automatically and sequenced to their workplace. Likewise, finished goods are automatically conveyed from the workplace.
Photo in front of the architectural model with (from left to right) Dieter Stakemeier, Hoffmann & Stakemeier Ingenieure, Christian Bauersfeld, Miebach Consulting, Silke Hart, Schaeffler Group, Werner Klein, freelance logistics consultant, Dr. Jörg Zellerhoff, Schaeffler Group, Frank Weigl, Miebach Consulting, Matthias Gossenz, Schaeffler Group
France, 17 April 2019
New Managing Director for Miebach Consulting in France
Miebach Consulting is further strengthening its market position in France with Alberto Alberici, the new managing director of Miebach Consulting France SAS in Paris. Together with Philippe Lavoué, Associate Manager, they are responsible for business development and project implementation in the French market.
Alberto Alberici brings to the French organization a vast experience in engineering of logistics facilities as well as developing strategic projects related to the transformation of the supply chain.
Since opening of the office in Paris in 2017, the company has experienced a considerable growth of supply chain projects carried out for different companies in France, such as bioMérieux, Bridor, Clarins.
"Miebach Consulting supports local and global clients in optimizing their supply chain to generate competitive advantages and long-term success. The stakes are high, and proximity is paramount to ensure the success of our customers. In the spirit of our international development, our presence in France is fundamental " - said Alberto Alberici.
Graduated from the Politecnico of Milan in Mechanical Engineering, Alberto Alberici began his career with the Miebach Consulting Group in 1999 in Zug, Switzerland, where he was able to deploy his expertise in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East, for clients such as SKF, Würth, Danone, Barilla, Philip Morris, L'Oréal, etc.
Germany, 11 April 2019
Miebach Consulting recognized as Best Logistics Brand 2019
Miebach Consulting has received the award "Best Logistics Brand 2019" in the category "Logistics Consultants and Consulting". This is the result of a reader and expert vote in Germany conducted by the logistics magazine "Logistik heute" and the German Logistics Association "BVL". The award ceremony took place on 10 April 2019 during an Award Night in Berlin.
Jürgen Hess, Chairman of the Management Board, Miebach Consulting GmbH, says:
"Many thanks to all participants for receiving this award, which we also see as a driver for continuous development. Our core brand value, Supply Chain Excellence through the combination of consulting and engineering know-how, expresses our commitment of delivering innovation and added value for our customers".
This year's reader and expert voting took place for the third time since 2016 and is aimed at demonstrating the high significance of the brand in the logistics industry.
The brands that achieved the highest turnover in Germany and are relevant for the market in this country were chosen. The eleven categories cover the major areas of logistics - from real estate logistics developers and logistics consultants to industrial trucks, containers, IT for transport management, airports, trucks, CEP and logistics services on the road, at sea or in the air.
"Logistik heute" readers and more than 11,000 BVL members were invited to participate in the survey. 812 participants took part in this survey.
Further information about the survey and the results in the other categories can be found on the Logistik-heute-website (only in German).
México, 26 March 2019
New Managing Director for Miebach Consulting Mexico
Héctor Quiñones, previously Project Director of Miebach Consulting Mexico, is the new Managing Director of the company, replacing Jorge Ribas, who continues being part of the management team.
“With this change in management we seek to further strengthen our successful presence in Mexico, which started over two decades ago, and continue to support the optimization and efficiency of logistics and supply chains of companies in the country” – says Héctor Quiñones, managing director Miebach Consulting Mexico.
Héctor Quiñones is an industrial engineer and holds several certificates and diplomas in Mexico and abroad, as well as a Master in Finance at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He also has extensive supply chain experience, having held diverse managerial positions in multinational companies, where he has been logistics director and supply chain director.
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Germany, 04 March 2019
New multi-channel central warehouse for Puma
Construction of a state-of-the-art multi-channel central warehouse in Geiselwind, Germany has begun for the sports apparel company Puma. Miebach Consulting supported Puma in the tendering process, the awarding of contracts as well as in the concept review through simulation and now supports the implementation phase as sub-project manager for intralogistics. The new warehouse is scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2020.
The European distribution center is part of Puma's logistics modernization strategy and supports the company's medium-term goal of achieving annual sales growth of 10% by 2021/22.
Maximilian Molkenthin Senior Head of Logistics for Puma says: "The new logistics center ensures our excellent multi-channel capability and high delivery speed. We are able to respond to our customers' wishes as quickly as possible, from end customer orders with the smallest order volume to extensive wholesale orders in the B2B sector".
Michael Greschke, Market Segment Manager for Fashion & Lifestyle at Miebach Consulting GmbH, added: "E-Commerce is a growth market. The straightforward logistics concept with a high-performance shuttle system and goods-to-person picking represents the ideal basis for growth in this business segment. Fast throughput times will ensure high efficiency across all channels".
Innovative goods-to-person picking workstations, a fully automatic 24-aisle shuttle system and 21 kilometers of energy-efficient conveyor technology are the planned core elements of the technical solution for the distribution of 122,000 sporting goods SKUs to private and business customers.
Spain, 27 February 2019
Miebach Consulting realizes automation project of MANGO’s logistics facility
The fashion chain MANGO has relied on the collaboration of Miebach Consulting since project beginning for its large logistics complex in Lliçà d'Amunt (Barcelona) and throughout the different phases of the project.
The MANGO logistics center, which has a total surface area of 280,000 square meters, incorporates the latest automation technologies for both folded and hanging garments, and is capable of managing 75,000 units per hour. The company supplies more than 2,100 points of sale around the world from the center.
The hanging garment installation is one of the most automated in Europe, with an automated storage and picking system. For its part, the folded garment installation contains several innovative elements. One of the most noteworthy is an automatic tote warehouse. In addition, the order preparation system has automatic garment sorters and a system for goods to man Picking.
The facility also has a new warehouse management system which, linked to MANGO's corporate system, governs the entire installation in coordination with the automated Systems.
Miebach Consulting Services
MANGO has had the support of Miebach Consulting from the initial design to the commissioning of the installation, which has been progressively developed in stages. Miebach Consulting's services have covered the design of the solution, the selection of logistics integrators for both the automation and the Warehouse Management System, and the direction of the implementation, including the preparation of detailed projects, monitoring of the assembly and testing until its implementation.
According to Antonio Pascual, MANGO's Supply Chain Director, "The new installation represents a step forward in the modernization of the company's logistics and the support of the consultants has been a key factor for the success of the project".
MANGO was founded in 1984 and today is one of the world's leading fashion groups. With its origins and headquarters in Barcelona, it has an extensive network of more than 800,000 m² in more than 110 countries. From its Design Centre "El Hangar" in Palau-solità i Plegamans, more than 18,000 garments and accessories are designed each year in accordance with the trends of the season. The company closed 2017 with sales of 2,194 million euros. More information at www.mango.com.
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Germany, 23 January 2019
Discuss Potential of Digitalization in Logistics and Production at LogiMAT 2019
When it comes to digitalization, everybody's approach to master the challenges of this mega trend is different. While some follow a more offensive approach in this territory, others may consider themselves as the observer in order to get a clear vision of what digitalization actually implies.
If questions like "Where do I start my digitalization process?", "Which measurements are necessary?", "Which anchor points help me transfer my digital vision into reality? concern you, we would be glad to discuss this and other topics at LogiMAT. This international trade fair for intralogistics and process management solutions takes place at the new Stuttgart exhibition center (Germany) from 19 to 21 February.
Miebach Consulting, one of the leading international consultancies for supply chain management, will participate in this event with a booth in Hall 3, No. B09. We invite you to meet our experts at the booth and to discuss suitable logistics solutions for the digitalization challenges of your company.
"The introduction of new technology in the field of logistics and production should primarily enable companies to act more time-, cost- and resource efficient as well as to ensure agility to respond to new and upcoming trends. Whether the implementation of digital technologies is successful or not is greatly dependent on the quality of existing processes within the organization. Therefore, we follow our guideline: intelligent processes first, digitalization second" says Jürgen Hess, CEO of the Miebach Consulting Group.
A logistics assessment including an analysis of digital technology in use helps identifying fields of improvement and can create an action plan by means of a "business case".
For your free ticket voucher for the LogiMAT 2019 and if you would like to schedule an appointment, please get in touch with Ralf Hoffmann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Germany, 27 November 2018
New production and logistics center for high-tech company Gira Giersiepen ensures high service level
In order to ensure its high level of service, the high-tech company Gira Giersiepen has built a new development, production and logistics center at its site in Radevormwald, Germany. Miebach Consulting was responsible for the planning of the logistics center and also accompanied the building technology specialist during the realization. State-of-the-art simulation and emulation techniques were used, which significantly reduced the effort and duration of the test phases.
"This project is an important milestone for our international competitiveness and future viability" - said Dirk Giersiepen, managing partner of Gira Giersiepen at the opening ceremony. The supply of production and the distribution to customers are now closely interlinked at one location. "Everything is on one level with an ideal flow of goods, connected by very efficient order picking and warehouse logistics," says Giersiepen.
With the new 30,000 square meter facility, the electrical industry company is creating the foundation for further growth. "Shorter distances, intelligent processes and improved process efficiency will lead to a significant increase in productivity," says Andreas Dürwald, Plant Manager Gira Giersiepen. "The plant secures our high service level standards. Orders for customer-specific articles are also delivered within 24 hours, if received by 11 a.m. they are delivered even on the same day".
In order to achieve this service level, the efficiency of the system plays a decisive role. "The new logistics center consists of a high retrieval capacity as well as a high component availability for supplying the pre- and final assemblies. In addition, efficient goods-to-person picking and dispatch preparation enable fast and stable processes towards distribution. - says Dr. Wolfram Süssenguth, Managing Director of Miebach Consulting Germany, about the solution.
Highlights of the solution are:
- Innovative combined technologies for production supply and disposal
- Automatic pallet and totes warehouses with person-to-goods picking of slow-moving items and integrated handover system for fast movers
- Optimized pick & pack process with case calculation
- Pull logistics
- Optimized modular production layout
- Processes completely controlled with SAP-EWM
Germany, 01 November 2018
International survey about Supply Chain Management 2020 in Consumer Goods Industry
Miebach Consulting in collaboration with GS1 Germany has launched a new international survey in order to evaluate the most relevant challenges and trends for supply chain organizations within the consumer goods industries. Changes in consumer behavior, blurring value chain roles and omnichannel trends, combined with the megatrend of digitalization and the internet of things are putting pressure on supply chains today.
“The objective of our survey is to show relevant supply chain potentials for companies due to present and future changes in the worldwide market. We want to point out which concepts could be an enabler towards an agile, responsive, but still efficient and controllable supply chain today and in future. Your participation in this initiative is very much appreciated” – says Pank Bedaux, Partner & Global Expert Consumer Goods Industry, Miebach Consulting.
To gain a holistic and significant industry overview, logistics and supply chain managers in consumer goods companies are invited to take part in this online survey. Completion will take about 12 minutes.
Link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/MC_ConsumerGoods_Study
The study results with the latest consumer goods supply chain insights will be shared with the participants. The survey is open until December 15, 2018.
USA, 16 October 2018
Miebach Once Again Named as One of SupplyChainBrain "Top 100 Partners" List
SupplyChainBrain, one of the most comprehensive supply chain management information resources in the industry, has once again listed Miebach Consulting among the top 100 Great Supply Chain Partners of 2018.
The annual list is the result of an online submission process by which supply chain professionals from a variety of industries nominate vendors and service providers whose technology, logistics, transportation or consulting solutions have improved their company's efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance. The most compelling nomination for Miebach’s inclusion on the 2018 list read, “Their willingness to exceed service-level expectations is remarkable.”
“For sixteen years running, SupplyChainBrain has published our much-anticipated list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners — a select group of companies whose customers recognize them for providing outstanding solutions and services.
Our six-month online poll of supply chain professionals requires a qualified response, asking them 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.
This year’s field of nominees was competitive and inspiring – coming from all sectors of supply chain management. Your company should be proud to be named amongst the 100 Great!
Miebach Consulting appears in the 2018 October issue of SupplyChainBrain magazine as an honored member of this year’s 100 Great Supply Chain Partners.”
~ Brad Berger, Publisher, SupplyChainBrain
SupplyChainBrain receives thousands of qualified responses nominating several hundred companies. The final list includes the 100 companies that received the most nominations. In the case of ties, the nominations with the most detailed justification were selected. The list is published in the October 2018 issue.
“It is of course wonderful to receive accolades, especially those initiated by a client recommendation," said the CEO of Miebach USA and Canada, Jochen Schuehle. "However, the real reward is knowing that our hard work is recognized and appreciated, and that we are making a measurable positive impact on the supply chains of those who have nominated us.”
North & South America, 08 October 2018
Miebach Latin America Tour 2018 about E-Commerce and Mega-Cities Traffic
In November, Dr. Joachim Miebach, founder and president of the Miebach Consulting Group, and Jorge Motjé, CEO of the company, will start the conference tour "Traffic growth in megacities. The future of e-commerce and package distribution: between collapse and pollution" in several Latin American capitals.
In the first part, the presentation will analyze the current situation of the main megacities of Latin America (in terms of number of inhabitants, extension, number of vehicles, situation of transport networks, investments in infrastructure, levels of pollution by CO2 and other substances, etc.), and will extrapolate trends for the next 10 years. The second block will focus on how to prevent the collapse and reduce pollution levels in megacities, exposing several innovative solutions that can be applied to improve this situation. The third part will explain what the expected growths of electronic commerce are, what their consequences are and what possible solutions applicable to the urban distribution of goods exist.
Places and dates
If you are interested in attending the Miebach conference in any of the cities listed below, please remember to contact your local office to make a prior booking, as places are limited:
MEXICO CITY, 6 November 2018, 8am-11am
For more information and to reserve a place, please contact Consuelo Martínez de Miebach Consulting México. E-mail: email@example.com
CITY OF GUATEMALA, November 7, 2018, from 7h to 11h
For more information and to reserve a place, please contact Pablo Delgado of Miebach Consulting CAC. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (cell: 00502-5998-2788)
BOGOTÁ, November 8, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
For more information and to reserve a place, please contact Dayana Rojas of Miebach Consulting Colombia. E-mail: email@example.com
LIMA, November 13, 2018, from 8:30h to 10:30h
For more information and to reserve a place, please contact Anyi Guanilo of Miebach Consulting Peru. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SANTIAGO DE CHILE, November 14, 2018, from 08:30h to 11:30h
For more information and to reserve a place, please contact Daniela de la Cuadra of Miebach Consulting Chile. E-mail: email@example.com
BUENOS AIRES, November 16, 2018, from 8:30h to 14h
For more information and to reserve a place, please contact María Eugenia Pitocco of Miebach Consulting Argentina. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spain, 18 September 2018
Miebach Consulting develops a transport optimization project for Saica Natur
The Saica Group provides sustainable solutions to its customers, offering circularity models for the manufacture of recycled paper and packaging.
The Saica Natur division, through its product portfolio (Value, Efficiency, Zero and Circular), provides environmental services focused on reducing waste and maximizing the value of waste with the greatest cost efficiency, with the ultimate goal of achieving Zero Waste. In addition, it prioritizes the introduction of recycled material as a raw material in the production process, thus implementing circular models for its customers in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy, which promotes intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth of European economies for the next decade.
Based on its spirit of continuous improvement, the company has found itself faced with the need to increase the transparency and traceability of its extensive transport network, dedicated to managing materials of different types throughout Spain. In this context, Saica contacted Miebach Consulting for the development of a transport optimization project.
Miebach Consulting carried out a first design phase during which it defined the processes and identified the tools, and then led the training process of the platform (definition of interfaces between systems, detailed functional specification and comprehensive validation of the system). The final result is a complete digital integration project with those responsible for transport, highlighting the following measures:
- Geolocation of the fleet in real time.
- Integration with carriers through mobile terminals, allowing visibility of services in real time and providing the necessary flexibility to re-plan services and adapt to customer needs.
- Implementation of the digital manifest, including a document management module for immediate access to any manifest, part or incident.
- Traceability of the routes to know all the milestones and to be able to improve the resource planning processes.
- Constant evaluation of unified service KPIs for all carriers, customers and suppliers.
The transportation optimization project developed by Miebach Consulting will allow Saica Natur greater traceability and visibility of the transportation, gaining in flexibility and increasing its level of customer service.
ABOUT SAICA GROUP
Grupo Saica is the leading European manufacturer of recycled paper for corrugated cardboard, with an annual production of 3.3 million tonnes of paper. With more than 10,000 employees and a presence in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Turkey, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, the Saica Group has four business lines: the manufacture of recycled paper for corrugated cardboard (Paper), the recovery of recyclable materials (Natur), corrugated cardboard packaging (Pack) and flexible packaging (Flex). The consolidated turnover of the group is 2,727 million euros (31.12.2017).
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Germany, 28 June 2018
Schaeffler opens new Logistics center in Kitzingen
The Schaeffler Group has inaugurated its new European distribution center “EDZ Mitte” in Kitzingen, Germany. The center is used to ship products from Schaeffler’s industrial division to the European market and to the regions. Miebach Consulting was responsible for the planning of the material flow technology and of the construction of the new central warehouse and supported Schaeffler in the tendering and awarding as well as in the realization.
The global automotive and industrial supplier’s aim is to increase the market supply, the reliability and the performance of the deliveries with the help of the European distribution network and thus further increase customer satisfaction. For example, Schaeffler's standard products can be delivered to customers in Europe within 24 to 48 hours after receipt of order. It is also possible to accept and dispatch a customer order up to two hours before the delivery truck’s departure. In addition, Schaeffler meets special customer requirements such as shipping the goods in containers or the customer's own packaging. Exceptional sorting processes are possible as well as the marking with recipient-specific labels.
This was solved by a high-performance system consisting of a high-bay warehouse, an automated small parts warehouse and workplaces of various functions, which implement the principle goods-to-person. Here, the employees receive the goods to be processed automatically and sequenced to their workplace. Likewise, finished goods are automatically conveyed from the workplace.
"Due to the product specifications in terms of weight, it was necessary to find a technical material flow solution that would meet the ergonomic demands of handling the products. As a solution, heavy as well as light articles from different sources, both containers and pallets, are processed in sequence at the workstations. Ergonomically, the employees receive the best possible support through adapted unloading heights and lifting aids such as grippers and suction cups "- says Michael Körbitz, Principal, Miebach Consulting.
In addition to the technical concept, project management also played an important role in the success of the project: "The construction of the entire facility took place in a very ambitious time-frame and required a close connection both within and between the main sections construction, material handling and IT departments. The result is impressive and was visible to all participants at the opening"- says Christian Bauersfeld, Principal, Miebach Consulting.
In October 2016, the groundbreaking ceremony for the “EDZ Mitte” took place on the 148,000 square meter site in the conneKT technology park in Kitzingen. The development comprises a 38.5-meter-high high-bay warehouse with space for 28,000 euro pallets or 56,000 Düsseldorfer pallets and an automatic container warehouse with almost 95,000 storage spaces. The loading aids are transported by an electric floor conveyor system including the latest conveyor technology with a length of more than 2,000 meters. Up to 85 trucks can be loaded and unloaded daily on 20 ramps. With a base area of around 17,000 square meters, the logistics area in the partially two-story warehouse has a floor space of around 25,000 square meters.
An insight into the new distribution center can be found here:
South-east elevation of the building already under construction. This new building will house, among other things, compounding lines and logistics areas. Source: Kerschberger Architekten GmbH, Cham
North-east elevation of the planned extension to production and logistics facilities at the Cham site. Source: DIA179, Berlin
Germany, 16 May 2018
Miebach client Ensinger expands production and logistics facilities for long-term growth
The international plastics processor company Ensinger invests in extending their production and logistics facilities at its German producing site in Cham (Germany), which was put into operation ten years ago. The new building plans are the second construction project in the branch factory.
Miebach Consulting supported Ensinger's expansion project by designing the site masterplan as well as the material flow processes and assisted Ensinger in tendering and awarding the material handling equipment. Furthermore, Miebach conducted in the beginning of the project an as-is analysis and developed the future scenario for the site, including a detailed analysis of the development in different product segments.
"With the enhanced manufacturing and highly centralized logistics processes, Ensinger strengthens their manufacturing location in Cham, increases the efficiency of their logistics processes and floor space and develops a great growth perspective while having limited space available" - says Miebach project manager Dr. Frank Hohenstein. In logistics an improved space utilization by approx. 30% in the next ten years is expected and crucial for further growth in manufacturing.
The costs for the new buildings and all infrastructure measures will amount to around 40 million euros in total. "All divisions at the Cham plant will benefit from these investments, as will the corporate group. By expanding production capacities, Ensinger is creating the right conditions for long-term growth at the site", says Andreas Alsfasser; as Technical Director at Ensinger he is coordinating the construction projects. Based on current plans, the final work at the site should be completed by summer 2019.
Deutschland, 19 April 2018
Miebach gives speech at ACHEMA 2018
Miebach Consulting, one of the world’s leading consulting companies for supply chain management and intralogistics, will give a speech at ACHEMA; the leading international fair of the process industry. Achim Sponheimer, Head of Pharma & Life Sciences, will present the topic “Disruption ahead in the pharma supply chain!” at 10:50 am during the session “PRAXISforum: Chemical and pharma logistics” on June 12th 2018. Further information about this forum can be found here.
ACHEMA takes up the increasing importance of logistics by expanding into areas such as intralogistics, material flow, traceability, temperature-controlled transport and supply chain management.
Miebach regards the development towards a cross-linked and transparent supply chain as one of the key challenges for chemical and pharmaceutical companies. “Traceability of products will become more and more important within the supply chain. At the same time, many companies are still unable to get a clear picture of the current sourcing and distribution processes at the push of a button. Yet, this clarity is often required to respond flexibly and in time to difficulties or delays in the supply from other sites”, says Achim Sponheimer.
Over and above that, far-reaching requirements for planning pharmaceutical warehouses are necessary to ensure smooth procedures regarding production logistics, storage and order processing. Additional criteria need to be observed for warehouse and material flow planning for pharmaceutical companies in contrast to conventional warehouses. As from the beginning of the planning, all components have to be qualified if not validated, especially with respect to hygiene zones, climate control, monitoring of storage conditions (regarding temperature and humidity) but also regarding (physical) access control and changes in the process from and to production”, Sponheimer continues.
Also, the chemical industry which used to disregard logistics as a possible area of optimization now perceives it as success factor. “Increasing competitive pressure, rising price sensitivity of customers, a shift of procurement and sales markets, increasing safety and security rules have lead to new challenges for the logistics of chemical companies - and will continue to do so in future. Chemical companies suddenly focus on logistics costs and services, as it is now a matter of managing them actively”, says Dr. Klaus-Peter Jung, Head of Chemical Industry at Miebach Consulting.
Information about possible solutions for the adaption of the supply chain and logistics to the changing market and customer requirements - e.g. the achievement of supply chain visibility and process excellence in the warehouse – are available on Miebach’s website. Moreover, for individual inquiries, feel free to contact us via E-mail at email@example.com or via phone +49-69-273992-0.
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USA, 26 March 2018
Director of Miebach USA recognized as Pro to Know by Supply and Demand Chain Executive Magazine
Supply and Demand Chain Executive Magazine has released their 18th Annual List of Pros to Know, and Miebach is proud to share that Jochen Schuehle, Managing Director of Miebach USA, is included among these esteemed supply chain professionals.
It is essential that supply chain leaders today are able to quickly respond to changes and adapt to changing global economies. Since 2000, SDCE has singled out and recognized these leaders as their Pros to Know. This year, more than 400 nominees were carefully reviewed to identify the finest leaders in the field of supply chain.
“Our Pros to Know list is one of the most valuable for supply management practitioners and executives because it provides a benchmark for what your colleagues and peers are accomplishing,” remarked SDCE editor John Yuva in his executive memo. “Look to our Pros as a source of inspiration and motivation as you embark on new endeavors.”
To read more, please visit: https://www.sdcexec.com/magazine/44683
Saudi Arabia, 20 March 2018
Miebach designs automated and robotized Distribution Center for Binzagr Company in Saudi Arabia
Binzagr Company is one of the leading, well-reputed distribution companies in Saudi Arabia for a wide range of consumer goods and brands, such as Unilever, Carlsberg and TIGI. Their new Distribution Center is designed to meet the future growth, strengthen their ability to provide premium customer service and to guarantee the quality of their products. Miebach Consulting was responsible for the concept and detailed plan of the logistics center, and will now support the implementation phase as General Planner.
With the new state-of-the-art facility Binzagr will be able to improve the performance of their distribution network by enhancing the speed, flexibility of movements and transportation of their products in the Middle East and Northern Africa region. The site will be located in the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) taking advantage of the effectiveness of the port infrastructure and the new regulations for the special economic development zones. The project is fully aligned with the Kingdoms' 2030 Vision and will be an integral part of this existing initiative.
The complexity as well as the sheer size of the project drove Binzagr Company to look for a solid supply chain consulting and engineering partner. The proven technical capabilities of Miebach Consulting as well as the development of the company's presence in the Middle East area were essential elements in the selection process.
Miebach Consulting's first step in 2015 was to determine the concept for the Distribution Center. The best solution proved to be a highly automated system including layer picking robots to implement efficient intralogistics processes and obtain substantial financial benefits. In 2016 and 2017 the detail planning phase took place, including the preparation of technical specifications and documents for the selection of the necessary contractors, followed by the assessment of the proposals and the recommendation to Binzagr Company for the final selection. As General Planner, Miebach Consulting managed among others the selection of architecture and civil engineering companies as well as all specialist firms necessary to the project. Furthermore, Miebach conducted a simulation of the facility during design planning and post tendering to verify the performance of the selected suppliers.
In 2018 to 2019 the testing and commissioning of the Distribution Center will be carried out.
"Through this project and with the support of Miebach Consulting we are expecting to triple productivity while employing the same number of staff and reduce the processing time for each product by at least 10 days. These advantages can be generated both due to the new DC and through the efficiency provided by KAEC's port," says Abdullah Binzagr, CEO and chairman of Binzagr Group.
Randy Brown, Sr. Vice President of WareHouse & Logistics for Binzagr Company, adds: "Binzagr and the appointed general contractor are fully committed to the design developed by Miebach for this landmark project securing Binzagr's leading position in the market for the future. Implementation is currently going full steam ahead."
The project includes:
The development of the ~300.000 m² site including a low bay warehouse equipped with more than 70 loading docks for the receipt and dispatch of roughly 3.000 pallets per day
Two automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), protected with Oxygen Reduced atmosphere to prevent fires and connected to a high speed, high throughput rail guided vehicle system
Fully automated preparation of layer stratified pallets through a layer picking robot and semi-automated preparation of completely mixed pallets through automated sequencing and manual picking
Additional spaces for Added Value Services on a mezzanine floor as well as a comprehensive administration and management office area
A video about the Distribution Center can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/zQiPxF4IRlI
Binzagr Company, a part of the reputed and long established Binzagr Group, is amongst the largest and leading Distributors in Saudi Arabia. The company distributes over 1,500 SKUs spread across 28 categories, comprising 55 leading brands, e.g. Unilever, Carlsberg, Hershey, Heinz and SunTop. The Distribution business forms the foundation of Binzagr Company, and one that traces the company's history from trading on the ancient spice route between Europe and East, since the year 1881. Today, it is among the leading and well reputed Distribution companies in Saudi Arabia, specializing in the distribution and logistics of a wide range of Consumer Products, spanning Food and Drink, Personal & Beauty Care, Home Care and Automotive Tires. More information is available on the company's website.
Canada, 19 March 2018
Miebach Director Named one of Food Logistic's Magazine's Champions for 2018
The Food Logistics Magazine has listed Bernard Tremblay, Director of Miebach Canada, as one of their 2018 Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain for his work with FMCG clients.
The award recognizes 55 influential professionals throughout North America whose hard work, vision, and leadership are driving the global food and beverage supply chain forward.
"It's an honor to be listed among these individuals," remarked Mr. Tremblay. "With the multitude of changes to the landscape and trends within the FMCG and retail industries, having not only a responsive supply chain but a proactive approach to logistics will be the key differentiator."
To read the March issue of Food Logistics Magazine, please visit: https://www.foodlogistics.com/magazine/44689
España, 19 December 2017
Miebach Consulting Designs an Automatic Order-Picking System for Picking Farma
Picking Farma is a specialized 3PL that manages distribution for various renowned pharmaceutical companies. The company has four warehouses, located in Parets del Vallès, Santa Perpètua de Mogoda and Polinyà, which have a total area of 41,700 m2 and a storage capacity of approximately 70,000 pallets, 3,000 of them at a controlled temperature of + 02ºC to + 08ºC.
Miebach Consulting has designed the picking system for the company's newest distribution center located in Polinyà, which has a total area of 12,900 m2 and a preparation capacity of 40,000 order lines per day. It is one of the more technologically advanced medications supply logistics centers in Southern Europe.
The project developed by Miebach Consulting includes technological innovations with a high degree of automation that ensure an optimum service quality and complete traceability in order preparation. Additionally, the innovations make it easier for Picking Farma to personalize the specific verification and packaging requirements of each of its customers.
More information about Picking Farma: www.pickingfarma.com
Phone 93 240 13 00
Poland, 29 November 2017
Rossmann solidifies market leadership in Eastern Europe
Rossmann maintains their leading position in the drugstore market in Eastern Europe, especially in Poland where it is number 1. The renewed expansion of their logistics and distribution center in Lodz, Poland, is further proof of this leadership.
The expansion project was planned by Rossmann's logistics department in cooperation with logistics planners from the Miebach Consulting office in Katowice, who received further support from the simulation team of Miebach Germany. The project consisted of a nine-aisle high-bay warehouse for the direct handling of drugstore market-specific roller containers. It functions as a dynamic buffer with an integrated conveyor system to the goods-out area for subsequent routing and delivery.
Within the high-bay warehouse which is linked to goods receipt and commissioning, the supply is covered by an extensive pallet floor conveyor, consisting of 40 vehicles for a double roller container handling each.
A dynamic shuttle mini-load system buffers the picked order containers with a sequenced retrieval, followed by a fully-automated loading process into the roller containers in the buffer of the high-bay goods-out area for the final route planning.
The general contractor commissioned for this project, Aberle GmbH located in Leingarten, also provided the Aberle PMS software for a new, continuous IT level consisting of a material flow and warehouse management computer as well as a new system visualization.
With this ambitious project, Rossmann solidifies its market leadership in Eastern Europe.
España, 07 November 2017
Würth Spain expands its distribution center with Miebach Consulting
Würth Spain, part of the Würth Group, a world leader in the supply of mounting materials, requested the services of Miebach Consulting for the expansion of its distribution center located in Agoncillo, La Rioja,, which will centralize all order preparation activities in Spain.
The project, initiated in July 2015, has consisted in the transformation of an existing facility, designed 15 years earlier as a regional distribution center. The redesign has taken into account the current requirements of business, resulting from the process of centralization of activities in Spain, as well as the forecast of future enlargements, in accordance with the strategic plan for Würth’s long term growth. The extension designed by Miebach includes the gradual incorporation of cutting-edge technology in the process of picking, verification and final packaging of the orders.
Specifically, the project included the construction of a new building for the receipt and dispatch of goods, as well as an automatic warehouse with capacity for more than 15,000 pallets, including an area for full case picking. Additionally, the existing order preparation line has been significantly remodeled, increasing its production capacity and including the automation for processes of verification and sealing the orders.
The project developed by Miebach Consulting has also included the transformation of the Master Plan of the Distribution Center, with new facility access for both staff and inbound trucks, as well as new parking areas on the property.
This expansion of the Agoncillo facility will allow Würth to manage the expected growth in the upcoming years with a significant improvement of customer service.
If you’d like to read more about Würth Spain, you can visit their website at http://www.wurth.es/empresa
USA, 01 November 2017
Single Miebach Solution Improves Multi-Channel Apparel Warehouse Operations
A well-known manufacturer of active outdoor apparel, with a distribution center in North America was nearing the end of its lease. Faced with multiple concerns about their ability to meet their 5-year planning horizon goals, they requested assistance from Miebach Consulting to evaluate the existing facility, propose changes to operational procedures based on business needs, and provide a recommendation for renewing the lease or selecting a new location. Due to the impending expiration, Miebach and the client needed to work quickly to find answers.
Three primary concerns were identified as the core of the transformation:
Increasing staging areas for both inbound and outbound – This is a frequent issue in warehouses, and insufficient space for staging can cause a domino-effect of inefficiency that impacts all areas of the facility.
Eliminating storage of mixed load units – Mixed pallets caused a great deal of difficulty in a facility of this size. A new strategy needed to be identified that is space-efficient yet more accessible.
Improving picking efficiency – Multi-order picking strategies had traditionally worked because it was feasible in a smaller warehouse and picking was only for retail or wholesale orders. The growth of e-commerce orders in recent years, however, made this strategy extremely inefficient in the larger space that was now required.
After a thorough evaluation, Miebach had outlined a solution that would relieve all of these pressure points. Due to the time constraints, it was recommended that the client use a phased approach to implement the changes.
First, they moved to a new facility that allowed them to customize the space and layout to accommodate growth and future improvements. Because of the upcoming peak season, the decision was made to move the operations as-is and wait to implement equipment and procedural changes during a valley in productivity, but to make the switch from mixed pallet to single carton storage immediately. This approach also allowed the client to spread out the necessary investment for the overall project.
Once the peak season had passed, the layout and procedural changes were initiated. The space was reconfigured to optimize flows, and automation was added in the outbound area with a sorter. Finally, the transition from multi-order picking to batch picking was implemented, which not only increased the picking efficiency, but also eliminated redundant quality check processes.
To date, the client has achieved multiple results from the transformation, most notably:
- Increased ability to prepare and manage peaks and e-commerce events
- Improved labor performance with enhanced warehouse arrangement and workflows
- Increased internal quality control standards for time and accuracy
The results from the changes made to the facility and operations strategy have exceeded the client’s projections and expectations. They’ve increased efficiency and flexibility in all order fulfillment areas – for retail stores, for wholesale partners, and for e-commerce clients.
For further information about this project, please contact Bastian Himmeroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org
USA, 15 August 2017
Miebach Named as One of Supply Chain Brain "Top 100 Partners" List
SupplyChainBrain, one of the most comprehensive supply chain management information resources in the industry, has listed Miebach Consulting among the top 100 Great Supply Chain Partners of 2017.
SupplyChainBrain's annual list is the result of an online poll in which supply chain professionals from a variety of industries were asked to nominate vendors and service providers whose technology, logistics, transportation or consulting solutions have improved their company's efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance.
“For 15 years running, SupplyChainBrain has published our much-anticipated list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners — a select group of companies whose customers recognize them for providing outstanding solutions and services.
Our six-month online poll of supply chain professionals requires a qualified response, asking them 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.
This year’s field of nominees was abundant and very strong, hailing from all aspects of supply chain management. Your company should be proud to be named amongst the 100 Great!"
~ Brad Berger, Publisher, SupplyChainBrain
SupplyChainBrain receives thousands of qualified responses nominating several hundred companies. The final list includes the 100 companies that received the most nominations. In the case of ties, the nominations with the most detailed justification were selected. The list is published in the July/August 2017 issue.
"We are very proud to have received such recognition from our clients. It is a reflection of our commitment to excellence in our engagements," remarked Jochen Schuehle, CEO of Miebach USA and Canada.
"To have received such accolades from our clients is very gratifying. We work very hard to ensure their success in their respective industries, and for them to in turn promote our success is indeed the ultimate in recognition.”
Germany, 04 July 2017
Swiss Post expands its warehouses net to meet e-commerce growth
The company responsible for the national postal service of Switzerland, Swiss Post, is setting the course for the future regarding their package processing, investing in the construction of three new regional parcel centers in the cantons of Valais, Ticino and Graubünden. The company is responding to the strong growth in e-commerce and increasing customer demands, especially the expectations regarding the deliveries of purchases as soon as possible.
Miebach Consulting has supported the Swiss Post in strategy development and will also be part of the realization team for the new regional logistics centers.
"The three new regional package centers will meet the most important challenges in a dynamic and evolving package market - acceleration of the processing times as well as an improvement of the services offered. By reducing lead times along the process chain the order processing time window can also be expanded and thus, in the entire network more quantity can be processed." - said Rainer Schulz, CEO Miebach Consulting Switzerland about the project.
The parcel market is growing strongly
In 2016, Swiss Post delivered nearly 122 million parcels, which corresponds to a growth of about 6 % compared with 2015. The main driver of this is the increase of the e-commerce, which at the same time has provoked another increase: the online customers want their packages delivered on the same day they have ordered. This means an increase of the priority packets demands - in 2016, the share of same day delivery surpassed 50 percent for the first time, while 15 years ago it was only 20 percent.
Titus Butler, head of the package center in Frauenfeld and project manager for the project at the Swiss Post says: "We expect continued strong growth in e-commerce. To meet the expected demand also after 2020 completely, we set the course for the future for package processing with the construction of the new regional package centers."
For more information about the project please contact Rainer Schulz (email@example.com).
More information about Swiss Post are available on their website.
Germany, 27 June 2017
Miebach’s nearshoring study shows: the production is being relocated closer to the industrialized countries
In today's globalized world of business, the ever-increasing requirements of customers regarding products and services has led to a new trend - nearshoring, which allows the companies to respond to customer needs with shorter delivery times and greater flexibility. Miebach Consulting has conducted an international study on this topic to determine how supply chains are affected by current and future shoring strategies, to evaluate the factors for shoring decisions and to show what shoring trends companies expect in the future.
One of the main conclusions of the study is that an increasing amount of companies (51 % of the participants) are producing in closer proximity to their markets instead of moving the production abroad. The study also shows that this percentage is going to increase even more, since 26 % of the participating companies believe that nearshoring is a trend that is going to have a very high or high relevance in a near future, above the offshoring and the onshoring or local production (22 % and 17 %, respectively). See figure 1.
Asked more in detail about which localization strategy they would choose and where they would like to implement it in the future, respondents pointed out that in Europe the preferred strategy will be nearshoring (69%), in America Onshoring will strengthen (43%), while offshoring is still a major trend in Asian countries (67%). See figure 2.
"Modern production processes ensure a stronger focus on customers and can be a competitive advantage given the right location strategy. This is where Near- and Onshoring become more important for companies. Especially the population within the major economic regions can benefit from job creation due to production in proximity to markets." - Bernd Müller-Dauppert, Member of the Management Board, Miebach Consulting GmbH.
The study participants expect an increase in supply chain complexity due to Near- and Onshoring trends. The process of choosing an optimal shoring strategy and subsequently selecting the ideal location therefore requires an integrated consideration of both supply chain and production networks.
In all, 127 companies from various sectors took part in the study. Around 1/3 of participants are from North and South America and 2/3 are from Europe.
The complete study brochure can be obtained for free from Miebach Consulting, Ralf Hoffmann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Central Geberit Logistics: the expanded logistics center in Pfullendorf starts operations.
Honeycomb storage: the honeycomb storage consists of 1800 storage compartments for Geberit’s pipes. Within the storage system two stacker cranes are responsible for automatic storage and retrieval.
Automation: the material flow technology of the logistics center is designed with an ideally aligned level of automation and human work.
Efficient and ergonomically: the logistics system is based on state of the art technology and due to individual configurations it is ideally embedded into the Geberit processes. The integrated technology, such as scanner gloves, assists employees.
Future-proof: the flexible design of modern work stations is a key condition tob e able respond to customer demands.
Efficient and integrated: Geberit uses very efficient and integrated workflows. As an example at one work station three work steps – picking, packing and composing – are done in one process.
Germany, 05 April 2017
Central Geberit Logistics: the expanded logistics center in Pfullendorf starts operations
Geberit has significantly expanded the existing logistics center in Pfullendorf, South Germany and the extension building just began operations. In order to drive the centralization further forward, Geberit invested 40 million Euro in the capacity expansion. A concept for storing tubes with a length of up to 6 meters as well as new automated work areas and workplace types were also implemented. Miebach Consulting supported the project as general planner during the concept planning, implementation and go-live phases.
Due to these site extensions the Geberit group is able to supply their customers in a highly efficient and reliable way. The flexible logistics system and in-depth logistics know-how allow for quick reactions to the ever-changing logistics challenges. Thus the logistics center is now consistent with the company's growth course.
"Six years ago Miebach Consulting began supporting us during the planning and implementation phase of our central warehouse. They convinced us again with exceptionally good expertise, efficient interdisciplinary interface, and project management in the extension project. Thanks to the good collaboration of all parties the project was implemented successfully within time and budget limits", says Ralf Braun, Head of Logistics - Geberit Logistik GmbH.
Hendrik Weiß, project manager on the part of Miebach Consulting, adds: "The success of the extension building depended on a high level of communication and coordination between the different trades and the logistics areas for pallets, containers and long goods. As general planner we functioned as central contact within the project and managed to minimize the project risk as well as to achieve an optimal overall solution".
Focus on efficiency
Regarding the flows of goods, the logistics center is located in an ideal spot for supplying their customers in a most efficient way from both economic and ecological point of view. For this purpose, the goods are being pooled in the production plants and transported to Pfullendorf in trucks. There, automated and coordinated processes are responsible for consolidating the deliveries of goods and supplying the customers reliably on time. All processes were optimized and adjusted to the needs of customers, suppliers and Geberit plants as well as to internal workflows.
Long goods newly sent from Pfullendorf
The expansion of the logistics center also allows for dispatching all products of Geberit Mapress piping systems from Pfullendorf. A whole new concept for storing, commissioning and dispatching has been developed. The overall concept also includes an automated small parts warehouse, a new high-bay warehouse, a process surface area with fully automated workplaces and the extension of the dispatching area. Thus the logistics infrastructure is located on a total area of 60.000 square meters.
A video from Geberit about the expanded logistics center in Pfullendorf can be found here: https://youtu.be/bzqFJXsl9KM
For more information and image material please go to www.geberit.de/logistik
Further information can be obtained from:
Schachenstrasse 77, CH-8645 Jona
Roman Sidler, Corporate Communications
Tel. +41 (0)55 221 69 47
The globally operating Geberit Group is a European leader in the field of sanitary products. Geberit operates as an integrated group with a very strong local presence in most European countries, providing unique added value when it comes to sanitary technology and bathroom ceramics. The production network encompasses 33 production facilities, of which 6 are located overseas. The Group is headquartered in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland. With around 12,000 employees in more than 40 countries, Geberit generates net sales of CHF 2.8 billion in 2016. The Geberit shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange; since 2012, the Geberit share has been included in the SMI (Swiss Market Index).
Dubai, 15 March 2017
Miebach Consulting opens new office in Dubai
Miebach Consulting supports their clients locally from their new location in Dubai since early 2017. Dramatic growth in the consumer goods, after sales, manufacturing, retail and pharmaceutical industries in the region during the past few years has fueled the need for cost-efficient and state-of-the-art supply chains and warehouses significantly.
The office in Dubai will be managed by Julian Maasmann, General Manager, Miebach Consulting DMCC. He has previously advised national and international clients in supply chain network as well as warehouse planning projects.
“Our supply chain engineering team in Dubai supports local and global companies and collaborates closely with our office in Saudi Arabia. The strategic positioning of this location benefits our clients in the entire Gulf region and extends our presence in Middle East, Africa and Asia” says Julian Maasmann.
With the new location the number of offices within the Miebach Group increases to 24. “The goal of the internationalization is to provide optimal consulting services to our customers within a worldwide network based on global standards. We are glad that our offered services are being well received and we are looking forward to a positive business development of the Miebach group” – Jürgen Hess, CEO of the Miebach Consulting Group.
For further information regarding the new office in Dubai and any interest in project collaboration please contact Julian Maasmann (email@example.com).
United States, 09 March 2017
Gartner Market Guide for Supply Chain Strategy and Operations Consulting
Miebach Consulting is pleased to have been included in Gartner's Market Guide for Supply Chain Strategy and Operations Consulting.
The Market Guide for Supply Chain Strategy and Operations Consulting offers a source for senior supply chain executives to obtain research needed to select their consulting partner for successful mission critical initiatives. The 2017 report was written by Michael Dominy, Kamala Raman and Greg Aimi.
While the report covers many aspects of supply chain that are of concern to executives, Miebach is included in the category of supply chain operations consulting, a subgroup of general business operations consulting. Gartner defines this as "transformation advisory services for all business operations in an organization across all industries. These include process re-engineering, improvement, optimization, and standardization aligned with business strategy."
Jochen Schuehle, Managing Director and President of Miebach US remarked, "We are delighted to have been included with the companies Gartner has evaluated as part of this report. Miebach is proud to have provided value for our clients over the last four decades."
"When it comes to supply chain focused consulting firms," said Jorge Motje, CEO of the global Miebach Consulting Group, "few companies can match our global reach and industry and service span."
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Germany, 24 February 2017
LogiMAT 2017: International logistics trade fair in the heart of Europe
LogiMAT, the international trade fair for distribution, materials handling and information flow, will welcome visitors from 14 - 16 March 2017. International exhibitors and decision-makers from industry, trade and the service sector will be coming together at the new exhibition center at Stuttgart Airport to discuss logistics innovations and to find new business partners.
Miebach Consulting will be again part of this logistics fair. We are looking forward to your visit at our booth in hall 3, No. 3C08.
A highlight of this year’s Miebach booth will be the topic virtual reality in logistics - which will be presented "hands on" and discussed on all three event days at the Miebach booth.
Furthermore we invite you to discuss the following industry and supply chain specific topics with our experts:
Industries: FMCG / Pharma / Chemical
Topics: Simulation of complex logistics structures, supply chains and logistics centers as well as presentation of results of our chemical logistics study
Industries: Automotive / Manufacturing & High-Tech
Topics: After sales services & integrated production and logistics systems in times of digitization
Industries: Fashion / Retail
Topics: Optimization of distribution networks & state-of-the-art warehouse concepts
We are looking forward to your visit in Hall 3, No. 3C08. For personal appointments please contact Ralf Hoffmann (phone: +49 69 273992-34 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Further information about the LogiMAT you will find here.
France, 20 February 2017
Miebach Consulting opens new office in France
Miebach Consulting, one of the leading international supply chain consulting firms, strengthens its European presence by opening a new office in France. Miebach has been supporting French companies for many years but always with the teams from other regional offices such as Spain and Germany. Due to the increasing market opportunities, the global supply chain consultancy has decided to open an office in Paris to better support clients in the country.
The France office will be managed by Philippe Lavoué, who has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant and engineer in supply chain. He has managed more than 80 projects related to supply chain strategy and warehouse design. His consultant experience includes multiple freight and public railway projects, as well as urban logistics and public transportation.
Mr. Lavoué said: “Miebach Consulting is a unique group in Europe: 320 logistics engineers and consultants all over the world and now in France. We can meet the expectations of the leading groups or of the local companies about the European or Global strategic topics. In the same way, we are able to implement projects abroad with more efficient project teams for analysis, tendering, planning and ramp up”.
Established in Germany in 1973, Miebach Consulting provides services across the end-to-end supply chain and has developed nearly 10,000 successful supply chain projects and solutions. 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 21 office locations include Katowice in Poland, Barcelona, Milan, Indianapolis, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, etc., as well as a head office in Frankfurt.
For enquiries please contact Philippe Lavoué: email@example.com
Germany, 31 January 2017
What are the success factors of outsourcing? Invitation to take part in our survey
In cooperation with the German logistics newspaper "DVZ" Miebach Consulting conducts the seventh edition of its outsourcing study for logistics experts from industrial and service companies and invites you to participate in the online survey until February 28th.
The objective of the study is to identify the current status, criteria and approaches as well as success factors of logistics outsourcing.
‘We’ve been conducting our outsourcing study at regular intervals for 20 years. The achieved results are therefore not only representing a temporary ‘outsourcing barometer’ but are rather indicating long term market trends and providing orientation as well as factual knowledge which is crucial in emotional discussions’ – says Dr. Klaus-Peter Jung, member of the management board.
It takes approximately 15 minutes of your time to fill out the online questionnaire. Please be assured that we will treat your information absolutely confidential and will only use it in anonymized form. In return for your participation, respondents will receive the complete results report. The links below will lead you the branch specific questionnaires:
Questionnaire for industry and trade
Questionnaire for logistics service providers
For further information please contact Ralf Hoffmann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com).
For further information on Merck's acquired company Sigma-Alderich, please visit the company's website.
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: 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.
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.
España, 11 April 2016
Business Breakfast in Spain – Miebach will present the results of the pharma study 2016
Miebach Consulting is preparing two “Business breakfast” events in Barcelona and Madrid where the main findings of the Miebach pharma study 2016 with more than 250 participating companies from Spain, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy and other countries, will be presented.
The attendees will have the opportunity to get first-hand information on the study’s findings: about the current trends in the pharmaceutical sector as well as about the main challenges that these companies are facing and how these will impact their supply chain in the near future. In addition to presenting the results of the study, a more detailed analysis of the Spanish companies in this sector will be performed.
After the presentation by Martin Eckert, a specialist in the pharmaceutical sector, and Pank Bedaux, Principal, from Miebach Consulting, there will be a discussion table and attendees will be offered a breakfast. In addition, these two events are an excellent opportunity to network with other people with the same professional profile within the sector.
The presentations will take place from 9 a.m to 12 p.m on May 3 in Barcelona and on May 4 in Madrid. The events take place in:
Hotel Hesperia Presidente
Avda. Diagonal, 579
AC Hotel Cuzco
Forum Hall A
Paseo de la Castellana, 133.
In case you are interested in attending, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone +34-93 240 13 00
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.
Germany, 01 February 2016
Praxisbuch über „Strategic Change“ erschienen
Das Buch „Strategic Change – Wie Manager ihre Unternehmen jetzt erneuern müssen“, herausgegeben von Stefan Iskan und Erwin Staudt, ist im Springer-Gabler-Verlag neu erschienen. Die Autoren Irene Wagner und Thomas Krebs von Miebach Consulting ergänzen das Buch mit ihrem praxisnahen Beitrag über Prozessoptimierung und Change Management.
Change Management ist ein kritischer Erfolgsfaktor für Unternehmen. Und dies nicht nur im Zusammenhang mit Unternehmenskrisen, sondern auch im strategischen Wandel, wenn sich die Notwendigkeit einer Veränderung noch nicht im Unternehmen bemerkbar gemacht hat. Das Buch stellt kritische Fragen, benennt Probleme ungefiltert und zeigt Paradigmen anhand von Beispielen von Praktikern und Akademikern der angewandten Wissenschaften auf.
Die Herausgeber haben eine Gruppe von Autoren mit verschiedenen Kompetenzen ausgewählt, um ihr Buch mit praxisnahem Wissen zu bereichern. Der Beitrag von Irene Wagner und Thomas Krebs mit dem Titel „Mit Kopf, Hand und Herz: Prozessoptimierung in technischen und sozialen Systemen“ gibt Einblicke in ihre Erfahrung aus Change-Management-Projekten. Hier werden vor der Unternehmenszielsetzung, schlanke Systeme und einen optimalen IT-Einsatz zu erreichen, kritische Problemquellen aufgezeigt. Die beiden Miebach-Berater stellen fest, dass die technische und wirtschaftliche Planung der Systeme häufig sehr geordnet abläuft, schlussendlich jedoch der erwartete Nutzen der Systeme nicht realisiert werden kann, da der entscheidende Faktor Mensch außer Acht gelassen wird.
Das Buch ist für die Praxis geschrieben und richtet sich vor allem an: Vorstände, Geschäftsführer, Führungskräfte, Leiter, interne Organisationsentwickler, Personalverantwortliche sowie verantwortliche Projektmanager.
Weitere Informationen über das Buch erhalten Sie auf der Springer-Verlag-Website.
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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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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
M&A survey of DVZ and Miebach Consulting demonstrates: Acquisitions in the logistics sector will become more expensive
The situation with corporate acquisitions (Mergers & Acquisitions) in German Logistics is characterized through high prices and international interests. This has emerged from a recent analysis of Miebach Consulting and DVZ. One third of the interviewed persons estimated the current prices as high (21 per cent) or very high (11 per cent) accordingly. Merely 18 per cent as low and two per cent as very low. Inflationary impact could come from the growing interest of foreign, mainly Asian, buyers. Acquisitions are not used as an alternative to handle pending development tasks of the enterprise quickly. This is true for IT challenges, like digitalization, 3D print or big data as well as the development of the service portfolio.
“Despite the relatively high price level, the market clearly has grown, since 2013. Thereby is the search pattern of the potential buyers mainly stable over the years” – said Survey Manager Dr. Klaus-Peter Jung about the results.
For the decision in favor of or against the acquisition remain financial performance of the target enterprise and earn of Know-How the two key criterions. Fundamentally, so finds the study, do providers today also feel confident about acquisition of enterprises, which are in regard of employees and revenue larger than themselves. In the last seven years, the picture of the industries which are considered attractive or rather unattractive hardly has changed. Enterprises of the automotive industry no longer stand on top, they have slipped down to the third position, the sector of chemistry/ pharmacy does now lead the ranking. The second position goes to After-Sale-Services. Transport service providers, such as Sea- and Airfreight, as well as special transportation have increased their desirability likewise, but rank considerably after complex contract logistic offers.
The full survey report can be requested at Ralf Hoffmann
Background of the study:
During May and June 2015 DVZ and Miebach Consulting carried out a market survey about Mergers & Acquisitions in logistics for German finance investors and logistic providers. The survey is an update of the 2005/ 2006, as well as 2008 commonly with the Philipps University Marburg conducted, questioning. 63 persons joined the survey. The predominant majority of interviewed persons from the provider perspective were managers, directors or heads of M&A. Questioned were German providers or German subsidiaries of international providers and thereby contacts that represent the German market.
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.”
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Germany, 27 March 2015
SAP EWM for the material flow computer? Experts and Users at the VDI Material Flow Congress
Networking and communication offers new opportunities in the field of intralogistics. The 24th German Material Flow Congress at the Technical University of Munich in Garching from 26th – 27th of March 2015 therefore followed the slogan "Logistics in the field of tension between people and technology". About 370 experts from industry, research and consulting participated.
One highlight was the from Rüdiger W. Schwarz, Head of Competence Center IP WMS, Miebach Consulting, moderated panel discussion on "SAP EWM for the material flow computer?" The participating experts from Brose, SAP SE Germany, MLOG Logistics, SALT Solutions and Westernacher Consulting AG discussed following current issues:
- What are the opportunities and risks of an integrated warehouse management system with material flow computer?
- In what application is an individual material flow software more preferable?
- What are the advantages in planning, implementation and operation?
- What needs to be considered if a company wants to retrofit the existing system with the SAP EWM?
It became clear: Both integrated solutions such as SAP EWM with Warehouse Management System and material flow computer (MFS) as well as separate system solutions are being used successfully. A recommendation for one variant can be made according to different criteria such as security, scalability, implementation and operating costs (TCO). "It depends on the individual conditions of the company, which constellation is the right one" - says Christoph Höger, Manager of automation technology, MLOG Logistics GmbH. Choosing the right EWM partner in the planning, implementation and support process is essential, claims Jens Kappauf, Senior Architect SCM, Westernacher Consulting AG. Individual performance and integration requirements as well as functional enhancements in terms of project and customer-specific dialogues are also important to consider. Ralf Schränkler, Solution Sales Excecutive SCM, SAP Germany, refers to additional solutions and consulting services of implementation partners that complement the EWM standard for individual problems. Daniel Dömming, Head of Business Unit WMS, from the Salt Solutions GmbH, emphasized that the use of material flow simulations in the planning phase and emulations in the test phase are recommended due to the framework of the SAP EWM MFS.
In addition to the software partners, Dieter Trautzsch, Project Manager Logistics, Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, confirmed the recommendations made from its user's perspective. He pointed out with a few figures, how the performance was ensured with a distributed system installation in a factory in Ostrava more than 700 km away.
For more information about SAP EWM including MFS, Rüdiger W. Schwarz is more than happy to help.
Germany, 25 March 2015
Theme day Industry & High-tech dedicated to cut-off times and sequence accurate picking
Cut-off times for shipments in the warehouse are earlier and earlier due to increasingly more distant relations, but customers wish to place orders at a later stage. Thus the time window for picking is shorter and significantly more likely to have additional processing steps such as shipment consolidation or pack sequences.
The first theme day Industry & High-tech by Miebach Consulting on the 25th of March 2015 at the Berrang addressed the issue of "time window and sequence exact picking". Using practical examples the company Karl Berrang and Hettich logistics service showed how they implemented successfully these logistical requirements. In addition, Miebach consultant Bernd Müller-Dauppert and Bernhard Stock presented project solutions for a flexible and to customer tailored logistics. Moreover a sight visit to the distribution center of the company Berrang helped to discover time window and sequence exact picking at a fully automated high rack based on the universal pre-zone "i con Mix Cube" with common picking stations. The varied program met with a positive response. In particular, the close practical relevance and the presentation of different flexible logistics solutions, inspired the 32 guests.
Michael Seifert, Head of Logistics Berrang, gave an insight on which customer and market requirements led to the construction of the highly dynamic logistics center and which special features are included in the new DC. In the subsequent visit, the participants were able to get an idea of the highly dynamic, semi-automated processes.
Bernd Müller-Dauppert presented in his lecture the requirements of a flexible and service-oriented picking process. In this case the intralogistics processes play a key role. "An exact time frame and sequence accurate delivery and commissioning is necessary in order to operate flexibly and with a high level of customer service. Assembly deployment, the delivery of complete loads, general cargo or parcels as well as the consolidation of multiple storage areas are highly demanding”, according to Müller-Dauppert.
Bernhard Stock gave a presentation on the dynamics of the goods-to-man system "i.con Solutions" based on selected current references that was first-time able to coordinate the goods providing times and demanding turnaround times with the products developed by Miebach Consulting logistic solutions. Highlights of this WzM solution are the high performance, the storage product suitability and cost-effectiveness.
Hartmut Friebertshäuser, Managing Director of Hettich Logistics Service, presented the consistently aligned to customer needs logistic center of his company. A high degree of flexibility and a reliable customer was achieved by Hettich with the help of IT support (EWM - MFF), the switch from push to pull, and higher employee motivation (incentives).
For more information about the theme day Industrial & High-tech please do not hesitate to contact Timo Willsberger.
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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: email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org