TGW Logistics has helped to consolidate the multi-location replenishment stock operation for fashion retailer Witt Group through the design and installation of an automated logistics solution for a three-storey high-bay carton warehouse (HBW). The facility accommodates around 41,500 SKUs and enables Witt to fulfil around 100,000 shipments a day.
Germany-based Witt Group provides sophisticated and stylish apparel and footwear for the overfifties, together with a wide range of linen, textiles and household goods, all available through mailorder catalogues, stores and online.
The company invested around €100 million over seven years in the development of its new logistics centre in Weiden as it sought to consolidate nine warehouses onto the one site and to accommodate its growing number of sales regions and its expanding product range.
€41 million has been invested in the most recent building on the site, Distribution Centre III (DCIII), which incorporates the three-storey high-bay warehouse, a goods receiving area and a 70-metre long glass bridge, which is used to transport cartons to and from the picking area in another facility, DCII.
TGW was responsible for the steel work, conveyor and warehousing technology, the material flow and control system and the interfaces to the adjacent equipment in DCIII. The HBW is 28 metres high, 48 metres wide, 132 metres long and boasts 450,000 storage locations.
DCIII also contains three rework workstations, six workstations for manual palletising. and seven workstations for quality management and the picking of single items.
An average of 10,000 cartons with textiles from Europe and Asia arrive at Witt by lorry every day.