Central Warehouse Strategy for the Salzburg Lagerhaus Chain
More efficiency and better service
The issue of warehouse logistics was posing a number of challenges to Raiffeisen Warenbetriebe Salzburg in various ways. On the one hand, the article structure was heterogeneous in terms of turnover, inventory, dimensions and warehouse requirements, as well as seasonal articles and those sensitive to the elements. On the other hand, the established, aging building structures had a shortage of space in the inbound goods area, in the warehouse and in the shipping area. The fragmented warehouse structure resulted in long distances for transport and picking. Forklift traffic in certain areas was very high. And there were also safety issues to consider.
Our consultants took on the task of developing a new central warehouse strategy. The results of an as-is analysis consisting of a data analysis as well as an assessment of requirements and the processes were first incorporated into a comprehensive basis for planning. This was then used by our logistics consultants to develop several scenarios for future warehouse logistics – in doing so questioning established structures and customary processes.
Location optimization versus a new building
In addition to optimizing the current location by implementing tailored warehouse technology and layouts, rough plans to expand the warehouse were developed, namely a brand-new building taking into account the current structural situation. The scenarios also comprised a holistic area and traffic management concept including a waste disposal concept as well as budget costing, an evaluation matrix and a recommendation for implementation.
Throughout the project, Raiffeisen Warenbetriebe was able to develop a broad range of practical know-how, especially with regard to processes, racking technology and forklifts. The local supplier can now press ahead with establishing its future central warehouse with a high degree of planning security. Making use of the existing halls and a new building ensure an optimal supply of goods to the various customers. Specifically, shorter distances and reduced access times increase efficiency in warehouse processing as well as the overall level of service.