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Full packing support

Value-added services optimise the supply chain

As a provider of contract logistics, in addition to taking over product warehousing the Nagel-Group also supports customers with high-quality packing services (value-added services). This makes the food logistics company a key player in the industrial production process, adding value with its services.

Value-added services are also assuming greater importance for customers. “Customers are entrusting more and more jobs to us. We have established that services are more efficient and of higher quality when they are undertaken by specialists,” reports Ralf Großelohmann from Corporate Contract Logistics. This is why the Nagel-Group is seeing a rapid increase in whole supply chain projects and therefore also in value-added services. “Demand for value-added services has increased steadily over the past few years. Around 20% of all tenders in contract logistics now include co-packing activities,” according to Großelohmann.

This benefits food producers by letting them concentrate fully on their core business whilst entrusting all packing services not directly connected with the unpacked goods to the Nagel-Group. The food logistics company optimises the supply chain in close cooperation with customers. For instance, food may be sorted at the same time as order-picking so that the boxes can go on sale directly.

Up to 180 staff work in three shifts

At the warehouse in Trebur, for example. Up to 50,000 pallets are warehoused here for a major customer. The site is also responsible for all packaging. The co-packing area was set up on around 5,000 square metres. At peak times about 180 people work here in three shifts.

The electric pallet trucks glide through the bays as if on rails. The goods are taken quickly to the co-packing zone, where the next employee receives the pallets and lifts individual boxes onto one of the conveyors.

Staff there repack the items, bundle them together in mixed assortment boxes, or pack them in smaller units which can then be placed directly on supermarket shelves. Display units such as floor stands are also built and filled here. “The customer benefits as we have developed this display specifically for them, and have taken their requirements into account in every respect,” says Großelohmann.

Bespoke units are put together from pre-sorted pallets

It’s usually “all systems go” in the co-packing areas. Much like in this warehouse in East Westphalia. The forklift drivers scurry about between metre-high rows of racks to ensure that the products can be packed swiftly and effectively.

Around 100 people work on the 1,500 square metre co-packing area. Everyone know exactly what has to be done. At the start of one of the roller conveyors, the pre-sorted pallets are opened, so that the products can be put together to meet retailers’ needs. One station further on, two experienced men deftly assemble the floor display. Every move is perfectly orchestrated. Next, the displays are moved via a roller conveyor, where they can be filled as the customer wishes. Once the unit is complete, it is placed in a box for protection, bound with adhesive tape and stowed on a pallet. The complete pallet is then automatically filmwrapped, and is moved to the outgoing goods section.

“There is a clear customer trend towards outsourcing packing services. The percentage of co-packing activities in our existing businesses is continually growing,” reports Ralf Großelohmann. Another reason for this is that food producers are increasingly using special promotions. Whether it’s special packaging for Easter, 10% extra free, or perhaps a Christmas edition.

Goods associated with these promotions will not simply be stacked on shelves but often placed prominently in the checkout area, on special stands or display units. “We have the competency and resources to handle all packing for our customers,” says Großelohmann. A fast and efficient process with well-trained staff and the necessary experience in estimating.

Assortment boxes: it’s all about the mix

“We put the right quantity together and sort the products as needed,” emphasises Großelohmann. Assortment boxes are a major task. For these the recipient needs boxes containing a variety of products, whereas pallets usually contain identical items when they are delivered. Our staff compile the various different assortments as requested so that the box can be placed directly on the shelf.

Displays: creating the right setting for goods

We also make individual displays and floor stands designed to attract consumers’ attention. The display units are individually filled and professionally built. Some are so complex that they have to be assembled from up to 30 individual parts. If necessary, the Nagel-Group will also manage all materials, ensuring sufficient cardboard packaging is always available for displays. The customer is freed up to concentrate fully on his core competencies.

Labelling products

Goods for the retail trade must be correctly compiled and professionally labelled. This is why we also offer comprehensive support for labelling. Products are labelled in the warehouse so that they can be taken directly to the point of sale. New labels are often created for goods going abroad as, for instance, requirements for ingredient lists can vary.

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