Rhenus’ warehousing space is due to be expanded this year in order to prevent any capacity bottlenecks and cope with the increase in customer enquiries at the Rhenus Warehousing Solutions sites in Eisenach, Hamburg-Harburg and Dortmund.
As online and mail order retailing now accounts for almost 13% of all volumes in the retail trade and more and more people in Germany and beyond are ordering their goods online, the need for warehouse space and logistics solutions is increasing all the time.
Christian Mahler, a member of the Rhenus Warehousing Solutions Deutschland management team commented: “We’ll be able to cope with these developments by expanding our business sites in 2017. Compared to the store-based retail business, picking for the distinct orders placed by online shoppers is much more individual and is far harder to plan. As a result, we not only make available intelligent warehouse solutions for our customers, but also expertise in IT and our own warehouse management system”.
The overall area at the Eisenach site will be extended by 20,000 sq m to a total of 60,000 sq m by the end of November 2017. The warehouse, which was opened in 2012, is suitable for products up to water hazard class 3.
The storage space at the Dortmund site will be expanded by almost 34,000 sq m, enabling the total area to increase to about 84,000 sq m. The building work there started in February and is due to be completed by the end of the year.
The total warehouse space at the multi-user distribution centre at Hamburg-Harburg will be enlarged by 21,000 sq m to provide 52,500 sq m of space. This expansion work has already started too and should be finished by the summer of this year. The facility is also suitable for water hazard class 3 and a broad range of hazardous materials, including flammable liquids. The site has been equipped with the latest fire-extinguishing technology to cope with this.
Source: Rhenus Logistics