BIKE24 automates its new logistics center with an AutoStore solution from Kardex
24 February 2022, Company News
“With 77,000 items, BIKE24 offers the largest assortment of products on the market. Only an AutoStore solution would allow us to gain the storage capacity we needed in the space available,” says Christoph Knippschild, Head of Operations at BIKE24.
A system that can grow with your business
|"We chose Kardex for this project because we were looking for a competent, customer-focused partner with extensive global experience and a local presence. We were really impressed with the reliability and flexibility of the experienced Kardex team and their ability to quickly manage questions and challenges that arose along the way. The Kardex Life Cycle Service Team in Spain also guarantees expert and reliable support over the entire life cycle of our AutoStore system," says Knippschild.
As the core of the logistics center, the flexible AutoStore solution will hold 90,000 storage bins within a floor area of 2,112 m² during the first stage of the expansion. 50 Red Line robots continuously pick up, rearrange and transport storage bins as they move along the grid rails. Ten ergonomic AutoStore workstations, known as Carousel Ports, are used for picking and replenishment. Operators can switch between these two applications at the push of a button. Therefore, BIKE24 is able to match the Port applications with the existing processes at any time. If performance or capacity requirements increase in the future, BIKE24 can easily add more robots and Ports to the system.
Goods-to-person instead of person-to-goods
“AutoStore enables us to significantly increase efficiency, as travel times in the warehouse are eliminated altogether," states Knippschild. "The optimum utilization of the available storage space has also resulted in a noticeable reduction in the workload for our employees. With our ergonomically designed goods-to-person workstations, bending down or stretching up to the shelves are a thing of the past.”
Exceeding sustainability targets with AutoStore and Kardex
Kardex is a leading intralogistics solution provider of automated storage, retrieval and material handling systems. With two entrepreneurially managed divisions, Kardex Remstar and Kardex Mlog, the Kardex mission is to provide solutions and services to increase the efficiency in storing and handling of goods and materials on a global scale.
The two divisions serve as partners over the entire life cycle of a customer's product or solution. From project analysis to realization and service, Kardex helps improve a customer’s performance every step of the way. With three own production plants in Germany and one in North America Kardex ensures high quality solutions. To maintain and strengthen its competitive position within technological innovation and outstanding customer loyalty, Kardex is investing in research and development, its supply chain, the expansion of its service organization as well as in new technology via acquisitions. Kardex actively partners with global leaders who share the same values and complement the Kardex solutions including AutoStore, Rocket Solution, Robomotive, Intertex and Sumobox.
Kardex employs 1,900 team members across 30 countries and has installed over 140,000 industry-specific solutions worldwide.