THOMAS SABO GmbH & Co. KG, at their headquarters in Lauf an der Pegnitz, operates a distribution centre for the global multichannel delivery of jewellery and accessories to B2B customers, THOMAS SABO shops and end customers from online commerce. The success of this innovative lifestyle jewellery brand and the associated high rate of growth over the past few years led to the decision to merge different locations in Lauf an der Pegnitz into a new complex. In addition to the administration building, the entire Logistics department is also being rebuilt.
Together with Salzer & Koch Consultants GmbH, a concept for the logistics at the future location was worked out that provided a higher level of automation, a picking cart system for multi-order picking and more powerful conveyor systems. Chaotic warehousing and the transition from paper-based to paperless picking should increase warehouse throughput, reduce error rates and ensure a higher level of inventory reliability.
The SuPCIS-L8 warehouse management system will control and optimise all the logistics processes in the new warehouse – from goods receipt, storage location assignment, picking and shipping to returns management. The warehouse management software also supports industry-specific procedures. For example, a logistical concept for the process of punching or stamping that was needed in the jewellery industry was developed, permitting a drastic reduction in picking and tooling procedures.
Paperless picking is carried out using MDE devices and an intelligent picking cart from SAFELOG, which is connected to the WMS and uses a refined pick- and put-to-light process along with a path guidance system to permit simple, error-free and efficient picking. A material flow computer from the Stuttgart-based intralogistics IT specialists at S&P Computersysteme GmbH ensures efficient, smooth material flow in the new THOMAS SABO distribution centre, controlling the conveyor systems provided by SITLog.
"With SuPCIS-L8, we've found a WMS that brings the flexibility and scalability we need to keep up with our intralogistics growth. The logistics software from S&P Computersysteme also meets all our requirements for modern warehousing and allowed smooth, rapid implementation without long downtimes," says Markus Klecker, Supply Chain Manager at THOMAS SABO.