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Logistics Planning - Identifying Saving Potentials

Transparently visualizing complex processes: Logistics planning is the basis for successful warehouse logistics. The sooner and more precisely possibilities and requirements are brought in line with each other, the greater is the probability of finding the ideal logistics solution. Consulting our customers technology and manufacturer-neutral, we develop product-neutral solutions that perfectly match the practices and structural aspects of your company and provide an optimized material flow.

What is a manufacturer-neutral planning?

Professional logistics planning guarantees a manufacturer-neutral view of the economically most sensible and effective logistics solution. A precise calculation considering all contemplable parameters, absolutely transparent calculations and communications focused on transparency with our customers, these are our most effective tools.

Technology-independent consulting

The result of a professional logistics planning: highly efficient processes that cover the flow of materials, productivity and just-in-time management in all areas at the best. Klinkhammer utilises the system components of numerous established manufacturers on the market and therefore has access to an extremely broad portfolio of solutions.During this process, we examine cost-effectiveness and performance, analyze factors which can influence them, and consider material, staffing and time-related factors. The solution does not only have to meet the current requirements of intralogistics, but rather must be able to react and adapt flexibly to future developments.

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What are the advantages of a logistics planning with standardized processes?

Here, we do anything but reinventing the wheel for each customer in logistics planning. Despite all individuality a new challenge demands, the processes to find a solution are always quite similar. The key to success in particular consists in adhering strictly to the well-established steps. When newly developing a logistics planning we therefore run through the same strategic planning phases to be able to present our customers the optimum overall solution at the end of the day.

What are the KPIs?

Data acquisition - On-site-recording

Planning starts with a close dialogue with our customers during which we determine the requirements to the logistics system.

Key performance indicators  - Incoming goods area

  • Number of employees, shifts and working hours
  • Number of incoming deliveries a day
  • Delivery as pallets, cardboard boxes or various loading/storage aids
  • Number of pallets or cardboard boxes a day
  • Registration of batches / expiry dates
  • Quality check
  • Number of suppliers
  • Cross docking

Warehouse status report and logistics planning

  • Assortment (number of articles, article groups, nature)
  • Weight, dimensions, article measurement
  • Storage capacity (storage locations)
  • Packaging unit
  • Quantity per packaging unit
  • Article classification (ABC)
  • Range of coverage due to delivery times

Key figures  - Order picking

  • Number of orders per day, pick and pack performance
  • Distribution of order positions
  • Delivery notes per day
  • Order throughput times
  • Manpower capacity and working hours
  • Consideration of diurnal variations

Parameters - Shipping

  • Number of consignments per day
  • Average consignment size: Number of packages
  • Weight and volume
  • Self-collectors and over the counter business (OTC)

Special processes

  • Returned goods
  • Generation of assemblies and sets
  • Creation of sales units
  • Special processing and special offers
  • Labelling, sales packaging

Logistics planning and IT concepts

  • Database solutions
  • Warehouse management system and material flow control
  • Order controlling in the order picking system (e.g. terminal, pick-by-voice, pick-by-vision)
  • Interfaces to other IT-systems
  • Requirement specification
  • IT hardware components

Comparison of variants and benchmark

  • Presenting different solution approaches (variants)
  • Listing possible assembly section designs including capacity and/or performance indicators
  • Manpower requirement of the  variants
  • Cost-effectiveness of the variants
  • Result of logistics planning: concept = basis for investment decision

Concept Development

  • Influence of storage and order-picking strategies
  • Analysis of system load and breakeven performances
  • Capacity expansions
  • Checking and eliminating bottlenecks
  • Modern workplace concepts
  • Material flow planning and system layout

Simulation and emulation

  • Reproduction of the planned system
  • Reproduction of the system behaviour with real data

Redundancies and security simulations help to verify and validate system layout and flow of materials.

What is your benefit?

  • We elaborate the economically most sensible and effective logistics solution to optimize your supply chain management.
  • You receive all layouts, calculations and detailed descriptions of the processes.
  • Upon request we prepare comprehensive, complete tender documents.
  • With these documents you are prepared to evaluate offers of suppliers and to compare our offer with other logistics concepts

Holistic support

  • Interfaces to the building
  • Fire protection and domestic engineering
  • Scheduling and planning of relocation
  • Space requirements

Logistics planning: From the "AS IS" analysis to the desired state

Based on the actual state analysis we develop step-by-step our solution to get the desired state, leaving during logistics planning still enough room for further growth. Because the capacity limit of a production unit is reached more quickly than you might think. Quite some companies were surprised by their own success such that the previous logistics planning could no longer keep up with the growth. This cannot happen to our customers because we exactly know what it takes to ensure a responsible and sustainable logistics planning. Any conceivable scenario which has to be considered during logistics planning is examined precisely. A responsible logistics planning does not only include linear growth forecasts, but incorporates also exponential growth, sudden demand peaks or seasonal business. Likewise, also sales collapses, market change or changing customer requirements are quite normal factors that have to be taken into account. Neither building up unnecessary over-capacities nor working permanently at the limit - with a logistics planning elaborated by Klinkhammer you will be always on save grounds.


Our experts will help you optimise your logistics

Data analysis

Rough concept

Logistics concept

Project planning

Project steps in concept development

Phase 0 >>> Initial situation

  • Tasks and definition of goals

Phase 1 >>> Database

  • Analysis of database, movement data and inventory data
  • Actual material flow between the functional areas
  • Checking and eliminating bottlenecks
  • Extrapolation of the data, adapted to the planned company development
  • Target parameter

Phase 2 >>>  Rough concept planning

  • Set-up of automatic or semi-automatic variants for the individual functional areas
  • Implementation of the storage and conveyor technology, adapted to performance and capacity requirements
  • Variants for the connection of warehouse, production, goods receipt and an existing system, if necessary


Phase 3 >>> Solution concept

  • Inclusion of structural engineering requirements (e.g. fire protection), existing systems
  • Software and influence of storage and order-picking strategies
  • Selection of the preferred alternative solution
  • Budget price determination of investment costs
  • Assessment of operating costs
  • Analysis and determination of operational strategies (e.g. order picking methods)

Phase 4 >>> Detailed planning

  • Graphic system layout
  • System load and breakeven performances, cycle time calculations and nodal points
  • Documentation of all results in the result report including presentation
  • Implementation timetable

Phase 5 >>>  Tender

  • Optional: Tender of the logistics subsections
  • Optional: Support during the selection process

FAQ – Do you have any questions? We are happy to answer.

  • When does logistics planning make sense?
    Professional logistics planning guarantees a manufacturer-neutral view of the economically most sensible logistics solution to ensure a company’s competitiveness. With a view to optimizing the supply chain management, we consider material, information and transport flows in logistics planning and network them. Historically grown logistics processes often require new planning of material flows. Regardless of whether you are planning a new logistics centre or would like to put your existing infrastructure to the test, experienced consulting experts will guide you through the strategic and operational logistics planning phases. Thereby, we always keep an eye on the costs and your goals.
  • What are the results of logistics planning?
    • Logistics planning provides the basis for your investment decision
    • It calculates the ROI (Return on Investment) and the payback period
    • It recognizes weak points and works out potential savings
    • It saves your budget, because it develops the optimal strategy for your logistics goals
    • Logistics planning provides a logistics and IT concept with variant and profitability comparison, which reflects your logistics tasks and expectations
    • It provides crucial information for the detailed planning of new locations or existing systems
    • If necessary, we will prepare the tender documents and take over the coordination and negotiation with the suppliers
  • What savings are possible with logistics planning and warehouse planning?
    • Reduced resource and personnel requirements
    • Compaction of the storage area and reduced storage costs per unit of the goods
    • Accelerated throughput times, from goods receipt to goods issue
    • Minimum stock
    • Transparent material flows
    • Automated or partially automated processes with high process stability
    • Maximum storage capacity with optimized storage concept
    • Standardized material flow and IT processes
    • Maximum productivity and efficiency in the supply chain
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