Zalando, the online provider for shoes, fashion, beauty and sports goods is building a new logistics centre in Erfurt (East Germany) and has chosen Vanderlande Industries to deliver and realize their material handling system.

In spring 2013, Europe‘s “largest wardrobe” will become operational over a total area of 78,000 m². This will be one of the biggest investments for Zalando into a further successful and long-term development of the company. It will provide an optimal base in order to continue and steadily expand the rapid upward trend.

“For us the construction of the new logistics centre in Erfurt is an important milestone. The new site enables us to expand our range and at the same time serve our customers with the best possible quality in very short time. Vanderlande is the ideal partner for this project because they combine extremely efficient and innovative products and experience in e-commerce logistics with highest quality and reliability.” Explains David Schröder, the managing director of myBrands Zalando eLogistics GmbH & Co. KG.

As market leader in e-commerce warehouse automation, Vanderlande acting as main contractor will deliver the complete material handling system. This comprises tote and carton handling, a shelving area, a QUICKSTORE HDS shuttle system as well as the high performance sortation system, the CROSSORTER 1500. For the warehouse IT Zalando has chosen Dr. Thomas + Partner, which also had been involved in the design phase.

In addition to Asda (WalMart), Tesco, Hennes & Mauritz, Urban Outfitters, Hermes Group and many other companies acting in online business this is a further very successful e-commerce retailer that decided to work with Vanderlande Industries.

“With Zalando we now could complete the customer alphabet with the „z“, and include the top e-commerce companies from A-Z among our customers. This brings us in the absolute leading market position in Europe in the e-commerce segment” mentions Matthias Kramm, managing director of Vanderlande Industries GmbH in Mönchengladbach (Germany).


 Profile of Vanderlande Industries

Vanderlande Industries provides automated material handling systems and services. The company is active in the markets for Baggage Handling at airports, automated logistics processes in Distribution Centres and sorting solutions in Parcel & Postal facilities. The company implements material handling systems of all sizes, ranging from local sorting depots, airports and distribution centres to the world’s largest facilities. Vanderlande has sales of EUR 566 million and employs 2 134 people of whom more than 50% have a college or university degree.

Its systems and services focus on improving customers’ logistics processes and increasing their logistics performance today, tomorrow and throughout the entire life cycle. The company strives for close cooperation with the customer, extending from initial analysis of the underlying business processes through to total life-cycle support.

To achieve this, the company has a wide product range and industry knowledge, and possesses capabilities in the relevant disciplines. These range from system design and engineering, through supply chain management and manufacturing, to information and communication technology, system integration, project management and customer services.

Vanderlande Industries is a global player with extensive experience in many industries and references in all major regions of the world. It operates locally through Customer Centres that handle all key business functions and maintain direct contacts with customers.


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