io-consultants supports Häfele in optimizing its European logistics

Heidelberg - 24.7.2018

Häfele GmbH & Co. KG, an international specialist in fitting technologies and electronic locking systems, is expanding its European logistics facilities in Germany to meet the company’s growth expectations.

io-consultants was commissioned to assist Häfele in the development of a new strategy as future requirements are predicted to exceed the capacity of Häfele’s existing distribution centre in Nagold, southwest Germany. In close cooperation with the client, io-consultants examined Häfele’s existing logistics structures in Europe and used the identified market potential to prepare an analysis of the distribution network.

The results revealed that an additional site was needed in northern Germany to take the strain off the distribution centre in Nagold. “The new site will drive the planned growth and allow customers a later order deadline while at the same time providing faster deliveries. As the facilities are due to go live in the early summer of 2019, Häfele opted to use one of its own properties in northern Germany,” explains Thomas Kilimann, Managing Director at
io-consultants. The delivery area will span Germany, Scandinavia, Denmark, and the Benelux countries. io-consultants was responsible for the detail design, the tender processes, and the implementation and ramp-up supervision of all the logistics processes, and is presently creating the IT technical specifications as a foundation for SAP EWM processes in the new warehouse.

Häfele GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1923 and moved to its present location in Nagold in 1927. Today, customers from 150 countries rely on the company’s expertise and competencies. With more than 7,600 staff in 37 subsidiaries and numerous other offices around the world, the Häfele Group recorded sales to the value of 1.375 billion euros in the financial year 2017.

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