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LOGISTICS REINVENTED

90 years and thriving

As the world copes with rapid digitalisation, climate change and geopolitical events, K. Hartwall finds itself poised to create lasting change in the logistics sector.

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Internationalisation Award 2022

On 18 November, K.Hartwall received the Internationalisation Award of the President of the Republic of Finland in the  subcategory Growth Company of the Year.

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Navigating the dark store dilemma

The retail dilemma of whether to have more dark stores or not is becoming more complex. Is there a smart way out of this maze? Find out.

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Why SMEs should bank on mobile robots

Supply chain automation has traditionally been unaffordable and difficult for SMEs. Not anymore. Next gen technologies like mobile robots can be a game changer for the sector. Find out how.

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The secret to building resilient supply chains

The writing is on the wall. Empty shelves, delayed, missed or cancelled deliveries, and rising prices of goods. How do we break out of the global supply chain crisis? Automation might be the answer.

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CASTORAMA adopts the SmartCube® Jumbo

Castorama Poland selects K. Hartwall SmartCube® Jumbo to replace pallets to increase the efficiency of their operations

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New cooperation agreement signed with Jungheinrich

K.Hartwall LiftLiner® tugger train system to be part of Jungheinrich product portfolio ensuring customers to get quality and after-sales services from a single source.

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The LiftLiner® is the complete package

By moving from forklifts to the K.Hartwall LiftLiner® tugger train, Posti Group managed to not only increase its productivity by almost 40%, but also to increase the safety of its employees.

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Elokon becomes exclusive distributor of the A-MATE® in Poland

On 3 March 2022 Elokon Polska signed a cooperation agreement with the Finnish company K.Hartwall covering the sale and implementation of the innovative Autonomous mobile robot (AMR) - A-MATE®.

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Applied Integration partner with global AGV provider K.Hartwall

K.Hartwall announced today its partnership with Applied Integration as their partner for the A-MATE on the UK market

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K.Hartwall chosen as Preferred Supplier by SPAR International

We are proud to announce that K.Hartwall has been chosen to be part of the preferred supplier programme of SPAR International.

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Automation, sustainability and tracking key in logistics

When logistics firm K.Hartwall asked customers about their biggest challenges, warehouse automation, asset tracking and sustainability were among the top trends they identified.

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K.Hartwall donates €1,000 to the Frame runners ARV Achilles

On Saturday December 11th, after the weekly training of the Frame runners, there was a special moment on the athletics track of ARV Achilles. The club received a donation of €1,000 from K.Hartwall. This amount has been increased by 50% by the Dutch Foundation for Handicapped Children. The total amount of € 1,500 will go to children with motor and multiple disabilities who participate in Frame running.

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Achievers for the 10th year in a row

For the 10th year in a row K.Hartwall has been ranked "Achiever of the year" by the trade newspaper Kauppalehti.

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Automate to accumulate: Mobile robots for improved productivity

A need for greater efficiency and automation is now making mobile robots an even more relevant option for parcel operators.

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Fozzy Group gained in efficiency and found a sustainable solution: the 4-sided Compactainer®

The main reasons for choosing K.Hartwall roll cage were high quality combined with low weight compared to other 4-sided roll containers.

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Maria Rang as new member of K.Hartwall Board of Directors

Maria Rang has been appointed as member of K.Hartwall Board of Directors in the extraordinary general meeting of September 17th.

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Raymond Corporation introduces K.Hartwall LiftLiner® Tow-train to the US

The Raymond Corporation expands end-to-end intralogistics solutions offerings with tow-train addition from K.Hartwall

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Cooperation agreement signed between K. Hartwall and Avertas Robotics

We are proud to announce that K. Hartwall Oy and Avertas Robotics Oy have agreed to start a close cooperation on the mobile robot sector.

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Foldia® Plus – the perfect “adjustable” solution for Selgros

“First we were thinking about the space that we could save in the DC, the stores, as well as in the trucks, but we soon noticed that the Foldia® Plus had a positive impact on the entire supply chain”

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Maison Thiriet chose K.Hartwall to renew its fleet with Foldia®

To support its development, search for profitability and continuous improvement approach, Groupe Thiriet decides to replace its fleet of demountable roll cages with the Foldia®.

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Why choosing a roll cage could be the biggest logistics decision you ever make?

The humble roll cage, stalwart of the logistics industry for many years, continues to be the most efficient way to move mixed loads through the supply chain with minimal handling and ease of replenishment.

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Broadway Community Little League to be sponsored this month

At K. Hartwall, we take great pride in being a global partner for our customers. We like to take that beyond the usual supplier-customer relations and include supporting local youth athletic organizations in all 65 countries where our products are sold.

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4-sided Foldia® – A great solution for delivering exclusive gastro food and wine

Foldias were a perfect fit for Winetime's logistics operation and provided a lot of benefits both in terms of cost-efficiency and also better ergonomics for their employees.

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Schiever Group chooses Foldia® to replace its demountable fleet

In its process of continuous improvement, the SCHIEVER Group was looking for a sustainable alternative to reduce the health & safety risks in its operations

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Be smart, be sustainable

We are all familiar with the idea of TCO – total cost of ownership. However, it is not just the cost that we should approach with this method. The same should concern the sustainability aspect of the way we work and the investments that we make.

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Improved TCO thanks to adapted tools and training

To help repair and maintenance work, K.Hartwall has designed a repair bench with a set of suitable tools. A good example of utilizing the repair bench is a leading supermarket chain in Ecuador.

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Automate the movements of your load carriers with A-MATE

K.Hartwall is launching a brand-new autonomous mobile robot (AMR) called A-MATE. This is the first fully electric free-lift pallet AGV with omnidirectional drive on the market. A-MATE is an extremely versatile mobile robot that will bring a new level of automation to intralogistics.

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AGILO – a high-end conveyor AGV

Check out in our latest video all the great features of the AGILO AGV: its omnidrive to move quickly and easily even in confined spaces and its gripping table which can load and unload from both sides. The AGILO drives to the conveyor belt, grabs various load carriers and delivers them to the robot line.

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Clever load carriers will optimise your logistics

By adding a sensor, a load carrier can become an intelligent asset that has the ability to produce data. There are several sensor technologies available but more important than the technology are the benefits that can be unlocked.

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Check our latest online presentation about Parcel logistics

Check here our virtual presentation from the Parcel+Post-Expo online conference about “Load carriers as enabler for robotics, AGVs and IoT”.

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ECOLOTRANS: the Foldia® is a sustainable and ergonomic solution

Ecolotrans has been using demountable roll containers from the very start but realised after testing the Foldia that it was a much more ergonomic, sustainable and effective alternative.

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Achievers 2016-2020

For the 9th year in a row K.Hartwall has been ranked Achiever of the year by Kauppalehti. Companies receiving the certification are stable businesses with solid growth, good financial results and profitability, a strong financial structure and liquidity.

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Are you prepared for the new future?

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the world is facing unprecedented challenges. There is a lot of uncertainty in the air, which makes planning for the future very challenging. From an operational perspective, what are the things postal and parcel companies should be considering to be better prepared for the coming years?

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U Proximité France improve their operations with Foldia®

While renewing its equipment, U Proximité France, realised that they could easily improve their operations and the work conditions of their operators within the warehouse, the stores as well as under transport.

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Total Cost of Ownership is Rossmann Czech Republic’s way of thinking

“We have been working with K.Hartwall for 12 years and the principal reason for this long-term partnership is the honest relationship, true support and very good quality of the products.”

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UPDATE – K.Hartwall response to COVID-19 pandemic

K.Hartwall got directly impacted by the current pandemic as company Board member and earlier CEO John Hartwall has peacefully passed away this week after a short but aggressive illness caused by the COVID-19 disease.

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UPDATE – K.Hartwall response to COVID-19 pandemic

K.Hartwall got directly impacted by the current pandemic as company Board member and earlier CEO John Hartwall has peacefully passed away this week after a short but aggressive illness caused by the COVID-19 disease.

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John Hartwall (1945-2020)

Company board member and earlier CEO John Hartwall has peacefully passed away after a short but aggressive illness caused by the COVID-19 virus.

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K.Hartwall Group response to COVID-19 pandemic

The global spread of COVID-19 is beginning to have a major impact on all of us. Despite the circumstances K.Hartwall Group is doing its outmost to keep the business and all production units running as normally as possible.

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MODEX SHOW 2020 BOOTH #5474

K.Hartwall participating to the Modex Show for the first time this year. We will display our latest material handling equipment solutions for the US market. The hero of our show will be the Liftliner, the most innovative tugger train system on the market today. Visit our booth to see it live!

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Our customer’s success is our success

We believe that continuous innovation is key to long-term partnerships. See here how our designers develop an improved milk trolley within weeks to support Arla UK instead of creating a new product which was not needed.

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The LiftLiner in parcel logistics

Forklifts are widely used in parcel operations today to move different load carriers. However, the need for greater throughput is making sorting centres more congested and forklift movements are becoming an increasing challenge for many parcel operators.

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ISO certification renewed

On 7th of November our ISO certificates 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 for Quality and Environment were renewed for the three years to come. It is important for us to always strive to improve our quality and environmental performance requirements.

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RETAIL PARTNERS COLRUYT GROUP rethink their internal logistics with the Foldia® roll cage

Retail Partners Colruyt Group selects K. Hartwall Foldia® to replace their demountable roll containers in order to gain safety and reduce operational costs.

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This September K.Hartwall established K.Hartwall LLC in St. Petersburg, Russia

K.Hartwall has been doing business with Russian retailers for many years and strongly believe that the retail industry in Russia is now at a turning point.

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Toplicanin is the next Junior Sport Team to be sponsored

After China and South Africa K.Hartwall continues its Junior Sports Support Program around the world. The next stop is in Serbia. The selected children are from two junior volleyball teams – girls and boys – named Toplicanin.

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Omega Ltd (Varus) strive to improve their logistics

Omega Ltd is one of the fastest growing retailers in Ukraine. They decided to change their operations from wooden pallets to roll containers. After testing different roll cages they chose the Foldia®. The criteria were low weight and high quality.

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10 year anniversary between Mega Image & K.Hartwall

During the past 10 years Mega Image, one of the TOP retailers in Romania, switched from wooden pallets to roll cages and today, more than 99% of total volume are delivered on the Compactainer® roll cages.

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Sanjiang Junior Sport Team is team No3

K.Hartwall continues to carry out the welfare program it launched two years ago to support a Junior Sport Team (JST) in each of the countries where it is doing business. The third awarded Junior Team is situated in Sanjiang, China.

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Very honoured to receive our CILT corporate membership plaque

K.Hartwall receiving their membership plaque from HRH Princess Anne as part of the 100 years celebration of the Chartered Institute of Logistics, an organisation for professionals involved in the movement of goods and people.

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This is how we came up with Foldia® Plus

While meeting with customers in Brazil, we came into talks with a major hard discounter retailer, active in the greater Sao Paulo region as well as many other areas around Brazil. They used demountables with height extensions.

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Foldia® was the right solution for SPAR

SPAR Handels AG Switzerland is a leading retailer with independently owned and operated food retail stores and gas stations. SPAR started a project in 2016 to rethink their transport management with foldable roll container.

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For the first time the LiftLiner at LogiMAT

One of our novelties this year is the LiftLiner TwinLift, the most innovative tugger train design on the market. Its compact design allows safe and ergonomic loading from both sides combined with perfect tracking.

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We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because they have roses

One may emphasize the beauty and fragance of a rose or one may only think about the threatening pain of a thorn. That begs the question: What should you consider in terms of price vs lifespan when investing in roll containers?

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Working close to our customers

Our Sales Manager in France has been working with Picard Surgelés to create a training video for their operational teams. Picking was earlier made in demountable roll cages so it was crucial to teach the end users how to handle the new equipment.

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Better visibility, better control

Our customers consistently agree there is room for significant improvement in their asset management practices. The challenge varies between customers and industries, but the common theme is the lack of data and visibility.

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Posti Group has selected K.Hartwall as the 2018 Supplier of the Year

The main theme for Posti’s Supplier Day this year was “Innovation” as the group has been working with suppliers to develop solutions to strengthen their operations and competitiveness in the future. One example is the Parcel cage that will be used in line hauls between sorting centres.

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The Parcel cage, perfect for manual and automated handling

Growth of parcel volumes is putting pressure on the labour intensive parts of the operations where most of the parcels are handled individually. Bringing robotics and load carriers together can help posts reduce their reliance on manual labour in the sorting centers.

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K.Hartwall becomes major shareholder of A&A Logistik

K.Hartwall, Finnish provider of returnable logistics solutions, announced today the acquistion of A&A Logistik-Equipment GmbH & Co. KG., a German company providing logistics equipment for different industries. During the past years A&A has heavily invested in developing tugger train solutions and AGV’s.

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Check the presentation from the Logy conference

LOGY is the largest network of logistics and purchasing professionals in Finland. At their seminar on May 16 gathering over 100 professionals K.Hartwall talked about managing load carriers on a new level.

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Sharing the load

The term “Loose load” describes the loading of cargo directly into a truck or container without the use of load carriers. Today, loose loading is widely used for both bulk transportation and parcels as it maximises truck fill. But see what PostNord has tested.

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The SmartCube® was the perfect fit for Ahlsell

Ahlsell Sweden have been undergoing a huge expansion for the past 3 years and invested tens of millons euros to build a high storage warehouse. For this new operation they needed a suitable and efficient load carrier.

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A new level of modularity

While sorting automation has been key to improve operations, labour costs can still account for the majority of operating expenses, and often as much as 30% of space in every trailer is empty during transit.

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Another Junior Team sponsored this time in South Africa

We are very happy to see another Junior Sport Team enjoying our Sponsorship Program. This time the team is located in South Africa, more exactly in Philippi close to Cape Town.

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Get global to become more local

Our continued focal points for the automotive sector have been geographical expansion and continued development of the solution and product offering.

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We go service-oriented in Sweden

Even the best things can break due to wear and tear or rough handling that load carriers experience on a daily basis. This is why we started a customer focused service partnership with Plåt & Svets i Stenkullen AB in Gothenburg.

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Jerker Hartwall appointed CEO

I am pleased to announce that Jerker Hartwall has been appointed CEO for K.Hartwall as per 7.9.2017, says Risto Pyykönen, Chairman of the Board.

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K.Hartwall makes massive investments in new equipment

To further improve quality and efficiency we have invested in cutting-edge laser cutter, wire processing and welding techniques.

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Combining parcel and letter streams

Because flagship automated sorting systems are undeniably glamorous, it is easy to overlook the huge potential efficiency improvements that can be achieved by optimising manual handling operations and maximising cubic fill.

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Collaboration and agility are key to success in managing modern retail supply chains

Earlier in June K Hartwall held a one day seminar at Cranfield University, supported by the CILT, looking at the supply chain challenges faced by modern retailers.

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64 junior teams to get support in 64 countries

K.Hartwall has launched a welfare program to support a Junior Sport team in each of the countries where it is doing business. The first awarded Junior Team is situated in Liuzhou City, 1500 km East of Suzhou. Read more

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Effective alternatives to loose loading

Loose loading of parcels between terminals is a very common way of operating within Postal – and for good reasons. As a large part of the overall logistics costs is tied to transportation, assuring the maximal cubic fill especially for long distances in trucks or containers is smart and cost efficient.

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K.Hartwall goes East

K. Hartwall has recently opened a new sales arm in China, K. Hartwall (Suzhou) Trading Co., Ltd., only one hour from Shanghai. The reason for establishing the new organisation is that we see China as a fast growing market and the place to be in the coming years.

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Do you know where your load carriers are?

Total of assets in use: unknown. Loss of assets: significant. Unnecessary buying of assets. Tied in capital of assets: not optimal. Operational disturbances due to uneven distribution of assets.

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DYCSA our new Lean partner in Mexico

The automotive industry in Mexico has grown fast over the past few years and now represents 20% of the country’s manufacturing base. Nowadays most of the main car manufacturers and their suppliers are based in the country because of the lower labor costs and rapidly growing skilled workforce.

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The New K. Hartwall Repair Data System

In addition to selling some of the most innovative containers in the market, K.Hartwall wants to help our customers lower the total cost of ownership of load carriers which is why we are introducing a brand new cloud-based Repair Data System.

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K. Hartwall selected as a long term partner to PostNord

PostNord is the leading Postal operator in the Nordic region. Last year PostNord delivered over 5 billion letters and 130 million parcels to 25 million residents and 2 million businesses throughout its 6,000 distribution points in the Nordics.

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More than just a supplier

As stated in the latest strategy update last June, Posti aims to be the number one provider of postal and logistics services to its customers in 2018. They have also stated that the most important financial target is to maintain good profitability and keep one step ahead of the ongoing fast transformation of the postal industry.

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We are green

In Finland we are close to nature. It is a part of our DNA, not just a trend. At K. Hartwall we have intensified our efforts over the last four years to manage environmental issues.

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Where to start your Lean journey?

Lean is essentially to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. To accomplish this, Lean thinking changes the focus of a company from optimizing the different assets, technologies and departments to optimizing the flow of products and services through the entire value streams from suppliers all the way to the customers.

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Do you know your total Supply Chain costs?

You most likely know your yearly transport costs and cost per shipped unit. You will also know your DC personnel costs and total cost of DC operations. But do you know the hours used and the costs for replenishment in stores? Do you know how much it contributes to the total handling costs?

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Impressive results with the Lean Solution

Companies who implemented the Lean Modular Solution have reported cost savings of up to 40% and increased productivity of up to 55%.

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