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Zalando teams up with KNAPP for new distribution centre in the Netherlands


Zalando has commissioned KNAPP to automate their new distribution centre in Bleiswijk near Rotterdam. The new online distribution centre of 140,000 m² will be equipped with a combination of shuttle system and pocket sorter technology to ensure highest efficiency and flexibility.

Zalando began the construction of the first Dutch distribution centre in Bleiswijk near Rotterdam in summer 2019. The warehouse is scheduled to begin operation in two years, creating 1,500 new jobs in the medium term. The expansion of the logistics network is an important step in Zalando’s growth strategy: by 2023/2024, the company wants to have achieved a gross merchandise volume of 20billion euros. Customers from Western Europe, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain and Great Britain will be supplied with goods from the distribution centre near Rotterdam.

200 million Euro investment

Zalando invests roughly 200 million euros in the overall project. Out of all nine logistics locations that Zalando currently has, the new distribution centre in Rotterdam will have the highest degree of automation. The logistics centre will provide space for around 16million articles with several hundred thousand items leaving the warehouse on peak days. This is achieved with a combination of shuttle and Dürkopp pocket sorter technologies. »We have a longstanding partnership with Zalando, during which we have made great strides by implementing pocket sorter systems for three large-scale projects. I’m very pleased that the KNAPP group can help Zalando further their business with an integrated overall concept,« emphasises Sigurd Völker, Managing Director of Dürkopp Fördertechnik GmbH.

KNAPP isthepartner for fashion logistics

State-of-the-art technology for the automatic supply of hanging and flat-packed goods combined with our industry expertise is what makes the KNAPP group the leading logistics partner for fashion companies. Dürkopp’s pocket sorter system efficiently integrates diverse systems such as the OSR Shuttle Evo, the returns buffer and manual processes in the warehouse. »Thanks to the sophisticated technologies, the warehouse in Rotterdam will enable us to deliver orders faster to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg,« explains Carl-Friedrich zu Knyphausen, Head of Logistics Development at Zalando.

Christoph Lafer, Vice President of Retail Solutions KNAPP AG, adds, »We are delighted that Zalando has chosen such a visionary solution and that the KNAPP group has now also come on board to join Dürkopp and Zalando. As a system supplier, we are their first point of contact in all phases of the project from commissioning to, implementation and maintenance of the entire system, which is definitely an further advantage for Zalando.«

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