Direct carton handling.
High level of flexibility
High-
performance
logistics for
The German poultry producer Wiesenhof is part of the PHW Group.

Direct carton handling

The 
goal:
Highest 
availability

The German poultry processing company Wiesenhof rebuilt its meat processing facility, including its distribution center. The solution, in two different temperature zones for refrigerated and freezer goods, ensures maximum availability and flexible material flows for cartons and meat crates that conform to European standards. Innovative automation technology is utilized in a partly redundant design. The products themselves either come from in-house production or are delivered externally in order to be consolidated in the distribution center as well as prepared for combined shipping.

Background Grid
At a glance
Challenges 
mastered
  • HIGH LEVEL OF FLEXIBILITY of the material flow thanks to direct carton handling and the use of euro boxes

  • INCREASED EFFICIENCY thanks to innovative automation technology in a partly redundant design

ABOUT WIESENHOF

The German poultry producer Wiesenhof, headquartered in Lohne, Germany is part of the PHW Group. PHW is one of the largest producers and processors of poultry meat in Germany and supplies supermarkets and discounters. 

distribution center with different temperature zones for refrigerated and freezer goods for Wiesenhof.
INITIAL SITUATION
FUTURE 
SUPPLY CHAIN 
STRATEGY

After a major fire, Wiesenhof had to rebuild its entire warehouse. The automated solution ensures an increase in output of poultry meat distribution as well the highest availability and flexibility due to the use of innovative automation technology.  

SOLUTION & 
MATERIAL FLOW

GOODS RECEIPT AND STORAGE

Products from in-house production as well as external goods are consolidated in the distribution center. Depending on the requirements, the external pallets are transported to the pallet high-bay warehouse or are depalletized directly.

Order picking

Poultry products from in-house production as well as external products are either sent to the automated palletizing station right away, where three gantry robots palletize up to 16 SKUs in parallel, or are transported onward to the dynamic picking buffer (shuttle warehouse). Non-mixed pallets can also be stored in the pallet warehouse based on the respective order, and from there either go to non-mixed negative picking with the aid of depalletizing robots or directly to the goods issue area. 

 
Shipping

The customer pallets are sorted and made available using route grouping by means of the automated goods issue buffer. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The TGW Warehouse Software  controls all processes at the distribution center.
  • Layer palletizing is a special highlight of Wiesenhof's fulfillment solution. The items are palletized with the aid of gantry robots for shop replenishment. 

KEY FIGURES

  • Footprint: ~130,000 ft2
  • Number of storage locations: 15,000 (shuttle: 13,000, pallet warehouse: 2,000)
  • Number of SKUs: ~600
  • Number of orders per day: >2,800 pallets
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Michael Schedlbauer | Industry Manager Grocery, TGW
Michael Schedlbauer
Industry Manager Grocery
TGW Logistics Group GmbH
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