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Arvato sets up state-of-the-art system in Dortmund

[ July 26, 2022   //   ]

German-headquartered logistics company Arvato Supply Chain Solutions – a division of Bertelsmann – has put a new hall with one of the largest AutoStore storage systems in Europe in Dortmund, and now the company has its sights on expanding its warehouse in the industrial core region of Dorsten/Marl, about 20km north of the Duisburg-Essen-Dortmund conurbation.

The location is currently the commercial hub for six clients in the fashion and lifestyle sector. By 2023, a new 10,000sq m warehouse (with 16,000sq m) of floor space will be established and equipped with a rapid shuttle system, an investment that runs into the doubled-digit million Euro range, says Arvato.

“We made the decision for early expansion at our locations in Dortmund and Dorsten not only due to the continuing boom in e-commerce, but also to counteract rising personnel costs,” explains Axel Mayer, president lifestyle fashion and sports. “Rapidly increasing cost of materials, delivery bottlenecks and increasing lead times for technical equipment have been a crucial incentive to enhance our automation.”

Process automation  through the increased use of intelligent systems is an essential part of the company’s strategy worldwide.

Arvato says it is not tied to a system manufacturer or a specific system but designs the best possible combination of suitable components from standardized building blocks. The combination of automation and manual solutions gives the greatest possible flexibility and individual fit to customer needs, it adds.

Construction work on the new logistics hall in Dorsten is already in full swing and is expected to be completed in September of this year. The latest 2D[1]generation equipment from KNAPP will promises a significant increase in processing speed while simultaneously improving quality. The shuttle system will have a capacity of approximately 130,000 totes, each divisible into a maximum of eight compartments, and with a potential storage and retrieval capacity of up to 6,800 totes per hour.

The storage volume equates to around 2 million fashion articles.