Playmobil optimizes spare parts logistics with innovative AutoStore solution
7 June 2023, Company News
Playmobil's logistics center in Herrieden, Germany serves customers from all over the world. In the area of pallets, logistics was already automated several years ago in cooperation with Kardex Mlog. To make the delivery of complete playsets to dealers as efficient as possible, the company uses a shuttle system in the area of cartons and totes. For the worldwide shipment of individual and spare parts to the end customer, Playmobil, together with Wiemeyer Logistik GmbH, examined the use of an AutoStore system as a central and compact storage element in 2022. It will be set up in an existing building at the Herrieden site. The contract for the planning and implementation of the customized AutoStore solution has been awarded to the system integrator Kardex, which intends to successfully continue the long-standing and cooperative partnership in the field of logistics automation. The AutoStore solution is scheduled to go live in July 2023.
Highly efficient and ergonomic work
Figure 3: Visualization of the AutoStore system planned for Playmobil
Setting the course for the future
The Horst Brandstätter Group has set sustainable, ambitious corporate goals. The company wants to be climate-neutral until 2027.
The company is also a pioneer in the use of materials. The play world "Wiltopia" consists largely of recycled material, which is obtained by recycling plastic: Discarded plastic waste is given a new life and serves as a new source of material for the play worlds. The company's goal is to become part of closed material cycles.
Last but not least, the quality and durability of the products underline the sustainable orientation of the Horst Brandstätter Group. Playmobil is generally given away or inherited. If a part of an assortment is actually broken or lost, the company offers a replacement parts service where consumers can reorder.
The highly efficient AutoStore solution in Herrieden will make an important contribution to greater sustainability at Playmobil. Automation solutions like AutoStore not only increase the efficiency of warehouses and supply chains, but also offer a high level of energy savings. Ten AutoStore robots consume no more electricity than a standard vacuum cleaner. Whenever robots lower a bin or reduce speed, energy is returned to the batteries. AutoStore's compact design also requires no aisles, minimizing space consumption. Permanent lighting may only be needed directly at the workstations. As a result, AutoStore technology helps companies reduce their environmental footprint while increasing productivity. It is exactly this versatility that has led to AutoStore twice winning the Green Supply Chain Award from “Supply and Demand Chain Executive”: because the system enables its users to make sustainability a core part of their supply chain strategy.