Conveyor technology at the order picking level

Every company tries to reduce costs, react flexibly to changes in the market and stay competitive. But this only works if the internal processes are well coordinated and fine-tuned. This was the experience for Pharmapool, a Swiss pharmaceuticals wholesaler.

The requirements of modern order fulfilment and distribution logistics were too high for the existing warehouse design. Therefore, the company decided in favour of a new warehouse with modern equipment and a new order picking concept. This was supposed to fully exploit the potential with regard to internal processes.

Objectives of the project:

  • Improving the material flow
  • Increasing order picking speed
  • Enabling error free order fulfilment
  • Making processes transparent
Manual order picking with scanner

The goods and services SSI Schaefer contributed include planning and consulting, project management and after-sales services. To achieve the best possible results in this process, we started cooperating with Pharmapool’s architect and project team at the very beginning. This way, our propositions on warehouse layout became part of the project and we made sure that the final layout would be ideally suited to accommodate the order picking system.

Due to this sophisticated concept, the facility in Widnau, Switzerland, now features around 10,000 SKUs in 200,000 packages available for shipment. The individual order picking areas are connected through automatic conveyor technology thus merging into a single system. With this well-structured, transparent facility design, Pharmapool’s warehouse is remarkably efficient.

Handheld scanner for manual order picking

In fact, the new system increased order picking efficiency by 30%. After the initial start-up phase and the training of the staff, the new facility also significantly sped up the material flow. And because of the especially clear design of the order picking areas and the picking processes, compiling and fulfilling orders is now much simpler. The error rate dropped to virtually zero.

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Feedback from our customer:

We are very happy with the project management from SSI Schaefer and the results provided by the solution. Our expectations have been more than met with the project and we are now absolutely ideally equipped for the future.“ Jörg Binkert, CEO of Pharmapool AG

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