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SSI SCHAEFER installs material handling equipment at Carhartt WIP

Intralogistics expert SSI SCHAEFER is set to develop a new logistics building for Work in Progress Textilhandels GmbH – better known as Carhartt WIP. The logistics centre will be kitted out with the latest materials handling equipment, including a Cuby shuttle system, a compact bin and carton conveying system, as well as picking locations with sequencing tower. PIF reports on what is sure to be a partnership defined by German efficiency.

Carhartt WIP supplies 70 of its own retail stores and eleven outlet stores worldwide through an omni-channel strategy from their central logistics centre at the company headquarters in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The rapidly growing B2C demand is met by an online shop.

In the course of this project, SSI SCHAEFER plans to extend the storage capacity of the Carhartt WIP logistics centre and increase the process efficiency of made-to-order production for various distribution channels, thanks to optimised material flows and modern system technology.

SSI SCHAEFER’s material handling equipment

Amongst the material handling equipment SSI SCHAEFER will implement is a fully automated 5-aisle Cuby shuttle system with about 35,000 carton storage locations, a pre-zone and a high-speed loop in the add-on building, which exceeds 4,000 square-metres. The dynamic and completely scalable storage system is operated by ten lifts to ensure high performance with a compact design. A potential expansion by three aisles is already considered in the installation layout.

To guarantee successful sequencing of source cartons and consistent material supply of the eight connected picking locations, SSI SCHAEFER will install eight sequencing towers with 2 x 23 transfer locations each. An optional expansion by up to four towers for this automation area is already included in the installation layout. The picking locations are equipped with Put to Light technology and integrated into the system concept and material flows.

The new 1.6 km conveying system is set to supply 20 new packing work stations, a semi-automated returns work station and eleven special handling work stations for value-added services (VAS). Additionally, it is connected to the material flows of the already existing system. The existing system will be modified as well: SSI SCHAEFER will extend the 8-aisle miniload by two aisles with 9,800 storage locations.

Full range of B2B and B2C material handling services

For further process support, SSI SCHAEFER will also integrate a wide range of handling systems into the new conveying system, such as automatic carton openers and erectors, tape carton sealers, scanners and label applicators. SSI SCHAEFER plans to implement the warehouse management system WAMAS in the WIP logistics centre for warehouse management and process control.

Material flow structures for B2B shipping will remain intact, while SSI SCHAEFER will restructure the material flow for B2C shipping, returns handling and the special handling area (VAS). In doing so, the system technology of B2B shipping will be considered and incorporated to a large extent. The go-live date for the entire system is planned for the first quarter of 2020.


SSI SCHAEFER is one of the largest full-range suppliers and component manufacturers for intralogistics in the world. All SSI SCHAEFER components are optimally compatible thanks to the modular and integrated design, which enables them to provide customers with specifically designed solutions that are flexible and adapt to customer needs and market requirements, while enabling future growth.

As an international general contractor, SSI SCHAEFER implements complete logistics systems, ranging from comprehensive system planning and consulting, IPMA-certified project management, turnkey systems and tailored service and maintenance agreements. The in-house construction department assists with preliminary planning and site selection for projects in order to implement success from the ground up.

For more information, visit www.ssi-schaefer.com.

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SSI SCHAEFER is the world’s leading provider of products and systems for intra-company material flows and waste engineering.

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