German Award for SCM | Supply Chain Sustainability Award | Hackathon

Shortest routes, smallest area, maximum performance

The team from Komsa Kommunikation Sachsen AG celebrates its success in the competition for the German Award for SCM.

The team from Komsa Kommunikation Sachsen AG celebrates its success in the competition for the German Award for SCM.

Komsa Kommunikation Sachsen AG is the winner of the German Award for SCM 2018. The key factor in the decision of the jury was the systematic way in which Komsa as a mid-sized company gears its logistics routines to the needs of its partners in industry and trade.

Maximum flexibility, automation and digitalization are the core elements of the project "RELOAD – Digitization of Komsa Intralogistics" implemented by the Komsa company as part of the expansion of its facilities at its corporate headquarters. At a cost of 30 million euros, the company has built a "House of Services" and a new logistics centre complete with high-bay and automated warehouses in the town of Hartmannsdorf in Saxony.

The goal was to merge all logistics processes under one roof – thereby optimising capacity and throughput time for the orders placed by customers in trade and industry in order to ensure that the Komsa is able to react rapidly to new market requirements. The solution developed by Komsa together with partner Logistikplan in Dresden is based on the motto "shortest routes, smallest area, maximum performance".

All storage and dispatch processes that were previously divided between five locations in Hartmannsdorf are now pooled in the new logistics centre. The concept is driven by the automation of all time-critical intralogistics processes, which now comprise automatic material flows for all return and repair orders, automatic discharge of empty cartons, automatic storage of small parts and order picking based on the product-to-picker principle, automatic provision of shipping cartons, automatic forwarding of picking units to the packing station and automatic forwarding of shipping cartons to the loading bay.

Komsa relies on high-performance IT for all of the above routines. Integrated digital logistics interlinks merchandise management, warehousing logistics, transport control and order handling from front to end. Throughput times of less than one hour for over half of all orders pave the way for a high degree of flexibility, and shipping capacity can be more than doubled within an extremely short space of time. In the ITC sector in which Komsa is active, this is a key precondition for the smooth market launch of new products or the handling of seasonal peaks at Christmas and other high-volume parts of the year.

Digital solution for the last mile

An innovation by logistics service provider LGI Logistics Group International GmbH made all the difference in the competition for the Supply Chain Sustainability Award presented jointly by BVL Austria and BVL Germany. The idea behind the innovative Pakadoo solution for the delivery of private parcels is to create a win-win situation for the recipients of the parcels, for their employers and for the CEP providers tasked with delivery. The business model uses existing infrastructures and turns the mailroom of the employer into a parcel station, a so-called "Pakadoo-Point". The concept provides an alternative to the often problematic delivery of parcels to private households. When recipients are at work, it often takes a lot of time and organisational effort to hand over parcels, whether at home, at the post office or at a parcel station. Then there are the costs and CO2 emissions of multiple attempts to deliver parcels or for recipients to pick up the parcels themselves.

Hackathon goes to Locom

After a seven-hour competition featuring a total of ten teams, logistics planner and software developer Locom was crowned the winner in this year’s BVL Hackathon. Participants had the task of planning the routes for local public transport in the “City of the Future”. The Locom team optimised the costs at a total 141,208 euros. The second-placed team ran up costs of 286,019 euros, with the third-placed team coming in at 355,753 euros. The award is supported by the BASF and carries a cash prize of 10,000 euros for the winning team.