• dm

    Enormous space savings: Automated feeding with BITO Automated Storage and Retrieval (ASRS) and carton live storage


Our customer

In 1973, the first dm market opened in Karlsruhe. Today, dm is present as a dealer for drug products in fourteen European countries with around 3,862 stores, more than 2,069 of them in Germany. In order to make shopping at dm an experience, 66,076 people work in Europe – including 42,663 in Germany. From the logistics centre in Weilerswist near Cologne, the distribution centre in Waghäusl, Baden-Wuerttemberg, and the textile distribution centre in Karlsruhe, the total of approximately 12,500 different incoming articles are compiled for the individual dm markets and distributed to all branches.


Customer requirements

    • Installation of the dm distribution centre Weilerswist near Cologne
    • The large variety of approximately 12,500 articles coming from industrial companies must be compiled in the logistics centre for the individual dm markets.
    • Ensure a fast and efficient picking process
    • The enormous variety of goods should be stored efficiently on as little space as possible.

The BITO Solution

    • Automated product in-feeding

    » BITO installed FIFO carton live storage fed automatically at the rear with an automated crane from products stored in the Automatic Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS).

    • Integrated conveyor technology

    » A conveyor system is integrated to move order containers to the dispatch department.

Storage facility features

    • 36 rack aisles with automated storage and retrieval racking (ASRS)
    • Stacker cranes automatically feed the flow lanes and the buffer storage positions.
    • From the flow channels, the goods are picked manually into the order containers.
    • Picking process with Pick-by-Light technology

Customer benefits

    • The BITO rack system reduces space requirement by 30%.
    • Ergonomic workplace design
    • High picking performance with short order throughput times

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