Opening of Häfele’s distribution center in Lehrte: io-consultants presents symbolic capstone
Heidelberg - 5.12.2019
Häfele GmbH & Co. KG, the international specialist in fitting technologies and electronic locking systems celebrated the official opening of its new European distribution center in Lehrte, Germany on October 10, 2019. io-consultants congratulated them on the successful logistics expansion project by handing over a symbolic capstone. The industrial planning and consulting company from Heidelberg supported the project as lead consultant providing project management, tenant construction representation, logistics and SAP EWM implementation services.
io-consultants presented a symbolic capstone at the official opening ceremony as a traditional and artistic gesture to congratulate Häfele on the successful completion of the new logistics center. Heidelberg artist Manfred Kästner designed a contemporary version of the angel relief above the entrance gate of the Ruprecht Building at Heidelberg Castle.
io-consultants conducted the construction of the warehouse in Northern Germany as project planner, supporting the detailed planning, tendering, implementation and start-up phases. Furthermore, the subsidiary io-DigitalSolutions was responsible for drafting the IT performance specifications for the SAP EWM processes in the new warehouse. In cooperation with Häfele, the implementation concept in the form of a functional specification and the SAP EWM implementation of essential work packages for the realization of the "FlexiblePULL principle" were also created.
During the ceremony, Häfele presented its logistics strategy aimed at greater customer proximity. The new location serves to reduce the load on the distribution center in Nagold.
As a classic satellite warehouse, the Lehrte site currently receives all its inventory from the central Nagold distribution center. The 19,300 square meter warehouse, 15,500 of which are currently being used, has an annual pick volume of up to two million, primarily designed for a rapid order throughput. This is a compact multi-order picking system for containers that minimizes walking distances and reduces complexity. “The new location is designed to drive the planned growth forward and enable customers to place orders at shorter notice with faster delivery times,” explains Thomas Kilimann, managing director of io-consultants. The distribution area covers Germany, Scandinavia, Denmark and Benelux.
Häfele GmbH & Co. KG is a leading international specialist in fitting technologies and electronic locking systems headquartered in Nagold, close to Stuttgart. Founded in 1923, the family business today serves customers from over 150 countries worldwide, developing and producing its products in Germany and Hungary. With more than 7,800 employees, 38 subsidiaries and many other representations worldwide, Häfele Group’s revenue in the 2018 financial year was 1.4 billion euros.