Little volumes in high frequency – how to challenge?
“The average consignment size decreases and delivery frequency rises at the same time. As a matter of course stable cost and quality are expected. A true dilemma. It is impossible.” Somehow like this logistic specialists in the furniture industry will describe their situation. Especially in the discount retail section shrinking shipment sizes go along with a highly increased demand to the delivery reaction time. Gone are the days when trucks with loose load to neat under the roof were a week on the road for delivery with even tow drivers. But how to challenge todays demands? How to serve these particular demanding consignees?
“Crossdocking. The answer to this challenge is named Crossdocking,” replies Lars Kaiser, who is in charge of Business Development at Global Warehouse and Logistics. “We take a full truck load of our customer’s goods and delivery their small consignments to the shops of the retail brands. We focus on palletized goods and our customers prepare those accordingly. Handling costs are kept low this way.” Global Warehouse and Logistics has a broad experience in this service and an outstanding expertise with the definitely ambitious consignees.
The hub for German distribution is the central German city of Leinefelde. Trucks for all areas in Germany depart form the logistics center and deliver to all shops of most of the largest furniture discount retail brands in Germany. Every shop is served at least once a week. “We only handle the cargos once – from the delivery truck to the distribution truck. Our colleagues are true experts in handling such demanding and special cargo. Both previously mentioned items reduce the risk for transport damages. This is a key benefit in comparison to normal groupage freight networks. We also do not mind ugly cargos – overwide and overlength pallets. This is what we do best,” is explained by Siegfried Schlich, who is the Head of Transport & Forwarding at Global Warehouse and Logistics.
Our teams in warehousing and administration are supported by modern IT solutions for transport planning and execution. Timely delivery notifications and a close transport monitoring are a natural part of what we do and all of it can be tracked in our online web-portal.
“Crossdock is a good option to cope with the changing requirements of today’s market. We plan to increase our activities for Crossdocking in in Germany and we are about to introduce this service also to Switzerland,” is the conclusion drawn by Lars Kaiser and he adds “we are happy about any new inquiry for Crossdocking”.