After debuting in 2009 and further intralogistical duets throughout the years, there will now be a new edition of Thomann's and TGW's common success. A comprehensive expansion of the existing logistics centre at their headquarters in Burgebrach in Germany will support Thomann in their future e-commerce strategy as from 2018.
Only recently, the family owned company Musikhaus Thomann was nominated best online shop by the business magazine "brand eins". The all-important growth factor e-commerce in logistics has been a longtime intimate of Thomann. Together with TGW, a new, comprehensive logistics centre will be constructed that will moreover integrate the existing installation from 2009 into the processes and lift it at the same time to state-of-the-art technology.
Seven million customers play along
Thomann attach great importance to their customers which is why service has top priority. The music expert is now investing about 27 million Euros into its intralogistics to supply the seven million customers throughout Europe the fastest possible way. Furthermore, running operation will not be interrupted during construction. Commissioning will be executed in steps until August 2018.
Up-beat for ready-for-stage performance
Core of the new logistics centre is a TGW STINGRAY shuttle warehouse with six aisles and 110,000 storage locations on 25 levels. It will be complemented by an automated carton warehouse with five aisles where guitars, e-pianos and other music equipment of a size up to 1.55 metres will be stored. The goods in the distribution centre will be transported on KingDrive® conveyor technology that counts for efficient use of energy and particular ease of maintenance.
The shuttle system supplies the twelve pick and pack stations, picking will be made directly from the warehouse totes into shipping cartons of various sizes. Upstream consolidation buffers additionally enable the timely consolidation of the SKUs from the various warehouse areas. With the four new sequencer towers, goods from the existing warehouse and from the new logistics centre can be consolidated and then be packed for the end customer on the existing pack stations. The TGW Software Suite completes TGW's scope of supply.
After having realised the new distribution centre, the existing warehouse will also be reorganised with the modern TGW software. In this way, all installations work with the same system and can intercommunicate smoothly.
Hans Thomann, owner of Musikhaus Thomann: "We have the best and most loyal customers!" And TGW are happy as well: "We are allowed to support Thomann with our solution on their road to success. In e-commerce business, the music expert is one of the most important model customers. Based on the intensive and good cooperation during the past years, Thomann continue to rely on TGW and thus demonstrate that we are still the right partner," Markus Augeneder, Managing Director at TGW Systems Integration, is pleased about the customer's confidence.