The warehouse technology of WARIMEX, a company specialising in the import and export of consumer goods and gift items has developed rapidly. In the 1990s, a capacity of 50 pallet positions was sufficient to store all goods. Nowadays, WARIMEX Handels GmbH fills an entire logistics centre.
Errors in the warehouse could not be completely ruled out due to the rapidly increasing number of pallet positions and pallets. A major requirement for the company was therefore ensuring that errors are avoided. The time needed to search for documents, information, pallets, or goods was also considerable and had to be reduced. Greater utilisation of space was also to be achieved as a means of improving efficiency. These requirements are formulated as the foundation for a comprehensive intralogistics solution for our Warehouse Management System (WMS).
The WMS supports all processes from Goods inward to Goods dispatch. Material and information flows are linked to each other, leading to full process transparency. To do this, it communicates via a certified interface to the operator's SAP Business One host system with the EKX 515k high-level electric combination picker/stacker, hand-held computers and the terminals that have been installed at fixed and mobile workstations. WARIMEX uses only the standard functions of the WMS, comprising the basic version and additional modules tailored to the requirements of the system. The warehouse editor gives an overview of stock levels in the warehouse. The stock levels are monitored during ongoing operations using the permanent inventory and zero net inventory. The client module allows for separation of product groups, such as cosmetics and household goods.
Since Jungheinrich supplied the complete intralogistics solution, the paperwork and associated searching and time required are all in the past. "In line with the principle of all or nothing, we sought out a one-stop concept. This is where Jungheinrich emerged as a partner, as it was able to demonstrate expertise in all relevant areas. Its quality, the workforce and its product range were also convincing," said Sandra Schmiederer, daughter of Managing Director Michael Schmiederer. She also added: "I would like to emphasise the fact that we always have the same contact person for all our dealings with Jungheinrich. Moreover , the chosen concept is future-proof. Especially as the WMS is parameterised and can be adapted at any time to changing flow strategies without requiring a great deal of programming."