Shuttle System

Innovative storage and picking solution ensures maximum performance in limited space

In order to be able to handle the increasing business growth of VVA as part of Arvato at the Gütersloh site in the long term, Arvato, together with its long-standing partner SSI SCHAEFER, modernised and expanded the distribution centre in 2019 during ongoing operations. SSI SCHAEFER integrated an innovative, highly dynamic and sustainable storage and order picking system into the existing facility in a limited space, which enables a significant expansion of the order picking capacity in the bottleneck area for publishing delivery.

Whether children's and youth books, novels, biographies, art books or specialist literature - the demand for books is and remains high. This is also evident in VVA's business growth in recent years. The publishing house delivery department reached its performance and capacity limits at the location in Gütersloh and therefore decided, together with SSI SCHAEFER, to modernise and expand the existing facility. VVA's central logistics centre stores around 70,000 different items - e.g. books, audio books and toys, but also magazines, calendars and stationery.

Space-saving and future-oriented modernisation and expansion of the existing system

As a global solution provider of modular warehouse and logistics systems, SSI SCHAEFER was responsible for the automation project at the Gütersloh site as a reliable partner back in 2006.

For the expansion, SSI SCHAEFER was able to implement an innovative and high-performance solution with the patented 3D-MATRIX Solution® while making the best possible use of space - a storage and order picking system on just 900 m² for a throughput of 16 million books per year. The integrated goods-to-person picking workstations are subject to the highest ergonomic standards. In addition, the system can be flexibly adapted and expanded in the future to meet changing market requirements.

Sustainability, ergonomics and performance - all in one system

Future-oriented expansion of the existing system