Logistic services that fit like a glove

To ensure that new collections are always available in shops on time for shop opening, fashion retailers and online shops rely on REICHHART as their logistics partner. As an integral part of our clients supply chain, we create and realize individual, time- and cost-efficient as well as flexible logistics concepts including both transport and contract logistics components. For logistics that fit like a glove.

 

  • Clients: Fashion companies with European/ worldwide networks and online shops
  • Goods: clothing, shoes, (home) accessories, non-commercial goods (e.g. carrier bags, hangers, packaging materials)
  • Value Added Services: Ready-to-sell preparation of approx. 1,500 garments per day
  • Supply of 33 stores and 4 outlets in southern Germany
  • Per quarter: delivery of around 150,000 boxes, 6,000 hanging bags and 450 pallets

Challenge/service

Exponential increase of clients‘ sales volumes, lack of warehouse space and logistics capacities

Cost-optimised, punctual delivery to warehouses and stores

  • Ready-to-sell preparation of goods
  • Flexibility catering to industry’s seasonality
  • Fast and punctual supply
  • Cost-optimised transport routes
  • Safe transport of a wide parts range, from small parts to bulky hanging goods

Solution

Intelligent combination of contract and transport logistics services

Complementary warehousing & transport services including high-quality value-added services

  • Value creation, e.g. by labelling, attaching anti-theft devices
  • Flexible adjustment of output quantity
  • Quality assurance through individual quality concept
  • Intelligent, resource-optimised tour circuits
  • Solutions for the safe transport of hanging goods etc.

Results

  • Relief of internal resources on clients‘ end through value creation at a high quality level
  • Smooth start-up phase through close cooperation
  • Resource-efficient vehicle utilisation thanks to intelligent tour concepts and avoiding empty runs
  • Reliable and safe delivery to outlets and retail shops

 

„The fashion industry is fast-paced, which means that logistics must be correspondingly time- and resource-efficient - from receiving goods, sorting and preparing them ready for sale, to loading the delivery vehicles and departing for the stores."

Maike Wolf, Head of Planning and Service Development at REICHHART

 

While mail order companies -  alongside their core online business - prefer to distribute their products in outlets on the city outskirts, clothing retailers mainly rely on rented stores in city centres. For all 37 shops in southern Germany, the challenge was cost-optimised, punctual delivery as well as the safe handling of sometimes bulky hanging items on clothes hangers. For this purpose, the fashion companies brought REICHHART on board as an experienced logistics partner. The logistics expert has developed a tailor-made logistics concept comprising upstream picking activities and resource-efficient transport.

 

 

In order to ensure punctual delivery to the shops, REICHHART uses a strategically located transshipment facility in southern Germany. There, the incoming goods are sorted and pre-picked, loaded, appropriately secured and transported to the destination shops in the morning hours before rush-hour traffic.

REICHHART's transport strategy makes use of round-trip itineraries that enables them to supply several shops with just a few vehicles, thus optimally utilising the vehicles and avoiding empty runs. Clothing, accessories and non-commercial goods are transported to the shops and returns, unsold goods and leftover packaging are collected on the way back. By designing efficient routes in this way, the logistics company achieves sustainable cost savings for its customers.

To enable a smooth launch of business, textile companies are in close contact with REICHHART from the early start-up phase. In the further course of the partnership, the logistics company proactively and continuously identifies resource and cost-saving potentials, as well as ways to improve material flows and processes. This creates a trusting and forward looking partnership.

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