Böllhoff Group has started productive operations at its new logistics location in Oelsnitz, Germany, with inconsoSDS (shipping and dispatch system) and inconsoTMS (transport management system) from inconso AG, playing a key role in the large modernisation project and helping to optimise all planning and control processes for storage, transport and shipping.
The new logistics centre represents the largest single investment in the company’s history, with €50 million invested in the new building. The new centre which is designed for storing over 100,000 items with a 35m high automated high bay warehouse and a 20m high automatic storage and retrieval system.
“With highly flexible logistics IT, goods issue can now be controlled based on route planning and can even take short-term shipping changes into account. This is made possible by the parameter controlled buffering of packages that can be transported directly to doors via a dynamic shipping area in order to greatly increase process speeds in this area,” says Stefan Stübbe, head of IT projects, processes and consulting at Böllhoff.
“Due to improved response times, Böllhoff can react to customer requests on short notice with the new system landscape. Via the new web portal the shipping process can be modified at any time, while current shipping data is transferred electronically and in ‘real time’ to the service provider due to the completely digitised loading process.”
Böllhoff also becomes more flexible through functionalities for processing special cases, so shipping orders can still be changed at the latest possible time – packages and orders can be changed and goods removed while still on the loading conveyor. If a customer needs goods urgently, the order can be uncoupled and expedited through, for example, express shipping.
The shipping and dispatch system also provides the Group with several additional shipping options. The solution displays all processes, from CEP shipping to freight forwarding and courier shipping through to customer assigned carriers and self pickup. The processes can also be extended at any time thanks to the flexible shipping modules.
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