Bunzl improves efficiency and flexibility by integrating three warehouses

January 27, 2020 76 Views

An interview with Henk Willems, logistics manager at Bunzl, by Marcel te Lindert

Packaging wholesaler Bunzl has built a new 24,000m2 warehouse in the Dutch city of Arnhem to replace its three existing warehouses in Arnhem, Duiven and Den Bosch. Consultancy firm Groenewout’s feasibility study played a crucial role in the decision-making process. Henk Willems, logistics manager at Bunzl: “We’re now handling 15 percent more volume with the same number of people.”

Bunzl supplies packaging materials to companies across a wide variety of sectors and is market leader in packaging for grocery retailers. For example, 80% of all bread sold in Dutch supermarkets is packaged in one of the Arnhem-based wholesaler’s bags. Besides that, the country’s biggest e-tailer ships its customer orders in Bunzl’s boxes. “But we also supply corrugated cardboard to industrial companies. From our warehouse in Arnhem, for example, we deliver packaging to boiler manufacturer Atag on a just-intime basis,” comments Henk Willems, logistics manager at Bunzl.

Henk Willems, Logistics manager Bunzl

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