Germany's Hermes Fulfilment switches to Smurfit Kappa's size optimized corrugated board shelf boxes for storage at warehouses, replacing plastic trays, says product meets Hermes' need for 'environmentally sound' solutions

DUBLIN , March 19, 2012 (press release) – Hermes Fulfilment GmbH uses from now on for storage purposes size optimized corrugated board shelf boxes, designed by packaging specialist Smurfit Kappa. During the routine testing of the processes in the order-picking warehouse Haldensleben of fulfillment service provider Hermes Fulfilment it had been looked together for possibilities of reducing costs, but also for taking sustainability more into account.

Hermes Fulfilment operates order-picking warehouses for a large number of companies, where thousands of articles are held ready in plastic storage trays for the storage and retrieval system. The same blue plastic containers were used for shelf storage as for the shipment of ready-for-sale goods in other storage systems and in the returns processing. “For pure storage we have now developed a storage packaging, which optimised dimensions for the available shelf space, and optimal fit for the shelf rear restraint”, explains Reinhard Lange, Head of Product Development at Smurfit Kappa in Lübeck.

“This innovation meets the needs of our quest for environmentally sound and sustainable solutions”, declares Sven Redelin, Project Manager for Logistics Planning at Hermes Fulfilment warmly, “In addition we have optimised the use of storage space with uniform storage containers and we need less plastic containers. The original plastic trays were in particular use in our fulfilment processes for the handling and transport of return goods. This represents a capital investment that can be reduced by focusing on the use of the ultra-stable plastic trays for transport. Furthermore, due to a much shorter storage packaging lead time we can react considerably more swiftly to volume fluctuations in transport handling.”

Smurfit Kappa operates in more than 30 countries globally, with more than 330 production sites that produce 5.1 million tonnes of containerboard and 5.0 million tonnes of corrugated packaging. With sales in 2011 of €7.4 billion and around 38,000 employees, the Smurfit Kappa Group is a focused player in paper based packaging.

Smurfit Kappa is the European leader in innovative packaging solutions with the broadest portfolio of possibilities, in order to pack, protect, display and promote our clients' products in a sustainable, safe, creative and effective way.

About Hermes Fulfilment GmbH: Hermes Fulfilment GmbH, Hamburg, is a 100% subsidiary of the Otto Group and provides at four locations in Germany a wide range of services to the online and store based retail sector. Backed by decades of experience in all areas of the retail sector, Hermes Fulfilment manages the entire supply chain and offers a wide range of services including web store design, management and operation, customer care, creditworthiness checks, collection services, accounts receivable and returns management, procurement, warehousing, picking processes and distribution services.

Hermes Fulfilment provides logistics services for as many as a million different products which means that it handles some 260 million items a year. The spectrum of goods handled by Hermes Fulfilment ranges from mobile phones, camcorders, textiles and jewellery to furniture and washing machines. Shipments are made to end‐consumers, retail stores and other B2B customers. Hermes Fulfilment acts as an impartial and independently organised service provider and also delivers logistics services to companies outside the Otto Group.

Hermes Fulfilment GmbH performs together with the business segments sourcing, quality, transport logistics, parcel and two‐man‐handling under the family brand Hermes.

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