With 30 warehouses in Germany, we are geographically close to our customers wherever they are, and can reach them quickly.
Our total warehouse area of at least 261,000 square meters corresponds to around 37 football fields.
Here, we have space for over 270,000 pallet storage areas.
We regularly expand our storage areas, or optimise them through the use of fully automated high-bay warehouses, in order to guarantee permanent supply reliability with our growing variety of products and turnover development.
Here, we constantly work to ensure maximum energy efficiency with the building technology used.
In the last two years, we have again enlarged our area by 13,200 square meters - divided over two locations.
Electronic warehouse management
We are handling the increasingly complex requirements for
- legally compliant, secure hazardous substance storage
- stable warehouse processes and delivery performance
- the greatest possible avoidance of receipts in order to save paper
at an ever increasing number of locations, by means of electronic warehouse management and partially automated warehouses, or fully-automated high-bay warehouses.
Digitalisation also requires the appropriate organisational development.
We plan to equip all warehouses with an electronic warehouse management system by the end of 2019.
The electronic warehouse management system also offers a wide range of analysis options for continuous warehouse space optimisation, with the goal of saving on consignment routes, time and resources (including stacker energy).
Thanks to our internal goods exchange between warehouses located close to each other, follow-up deliveries to our customers due to supply bottlenecks among the manufacturers have been prevented, while at the same time avoiding the waste of resources.
In order to guarantee the permanent availability of products that are less regularly in demand, the igefa central warehouse has these marginal product ranges in stock, and supplies the other sites on request.
In order to further develop our logistics systems and increase competitiveness, the working group of our logistics specialists has been joined by an external consultant.
The consumption of cardboard boxes, sealing films, filling materials and other packaging materials is constantly monitored and further optimised with regard to loading safety, environmental aspects and efficiency.
At our Rostock site, boxes that are no longer needed are taken to a box shredder and turned into filling material.
Where no further use of the packaging materials is possible, they are disposed of separately according to substance groups via certified disposal companies, which in most cases take the substances to be recycled.
For clinic deliveries, re-usable plastic boxes are usually used.