December 15, 2014: Work has begun in Bergkamen to build a new DB Schenker Logistics distribution center/finished goods warehouse for the WMF Group. The real estate partner Goodman is developing the facility, which will cover an area of 40,000 square meters. It will form an integral part of the Dortmund office's Shared Logistics Center.
A total of 80,000 square of ultra-modern logistics space is set to drive DB Schenker's further successful development in the east of the Ruhr region. The goods will come primarily from manufacturing plants in Europe and Asia and are mainly intended for specialist trade in northern Europe and WMF's customers overseas.
Schenker Deutschland AG not only has responsibility for the design and overall operation of the sophisticated logistics solution, but will also look after services such as repacking, display construction and price labeling for WMF. The modern facility is being constructed in accordance with the latest sustainability principles and will open in July 2015, offering jobs for 140 employees in operational and commercial roles. With its other activities in Dortmund, DB Schenker is one of the major logistics providers and employers in the region.
The center will accommodate a wide range of WMF Group products for the kitchen and dining room, such as cookware, cutlery, decorations and home accessories from the WMF, Silit and Kaiser brands.
"We have been one of the leading premium manufacturers of cutlery, cooking and dining products and professional coffee machines for more than 160 years. We are delighted to have found a strong logistics partner in DB Schenker, who will help us to ensure we can supply our customers significantly more efficiently," said Dr. Clemens Wöhrle, President of Operations at WMF Group, as the collaboration was announced.
Both companies are looking to work together for the long term. "We are very pleased that WMF has decided to work in close partnership with DB Schenker in these important logistics functions. Optimizing the multifaceted logistics tasks in Europe and along the global supply chain offers great potential for both companies. DB Schenker is the perfect partner in this field for the WMF Group," said Dr. Thomas Böger, Member of the Management Board, Schenker Deutschland AG, responsible for Contract Logistics/SCM.