Kuehne + Nagel

Company presentation

K + N, with over 125 years of history, is the second 3PL in the world, with 60,000 employees and a 3,500,000 m² warehouse space worldwide. It provides integrated logistics solutions of outstanding quality and operational excellence, covering all sectors of the market, from automotive to aviation, from retail to chemical, from food to fashion. In France, in one of the many sites they own, they have a warehouse of 86,000 SKUs in total.

Problem

In K + N France it is essential to respect the daily deadlines, the storage, the preparation of orders, the shipment, everything must be done before 20.00, to allow distributors to deliver at home before 8. Before the purchase of Modula, orders were handled manually, using the Batch Picking principle; the operators went in search of the products, which were taken all at once and then divided them later in the various orders.

Solution

Moving to the Modula automatic vertical warehouses, K + N increased their productivity by 100%, with 600 orders per day. To do this, K + N installed 2 ML25D models, connected to a Put to Light system that allows to prepare up to 40 orders at the same time. The Batch Picking Method that they used previously, in fact, is ideal for a few orders with many lines each. In K + N, on the other hand, where the orders are many, but small, the Put to light system that manages the orders separately has considerably increased their performance.

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