Develop functional design for new DC

November 27, 2018 1873


Coolmark, ECR & Uniechemie are three subsidiaries of wholesaler Beijer Ref, specialized in refrigeration and air conditioning. All three entities market and sell refrigeration systems and components for both commercial and industrial systems


Beijer Ref identified a new business opportunity in consolidating the warehouse and assembly operation of the three mentioned entities into one new consolidated Benelux warehouse.

Groenewout was asked to assist in developing a functional design for the new DC.


  • Revision of the current logistics operation and concepts
  • Development of new data set for consolidated operation
  • Suggest and compare possible alternative concepts
  • Determine preferred future state and functional design of consolidated DC


Deliverables include:

  • Quantification of various logistic scenarios (goods flows, FTEs, costs), to support the decision making
  • Investment budget and operational costs for new facility

By moving to a consolidated operation new opportunities emerge, allowing all three entities to benefit from the increase in throughput volumes.

This offered them the possibility to implement a partially mechanized operation, including an Autostore system.


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50 years of experience

Consulting firm with over 50 years of experience.

European database

Availability of a European logistics database with benchmark figures on transportation and warehouse costs.

Network design

Full scope expertise on network design, as well as warehouse design (conceptual layout, logistics - and storage equipment) and logistics building design (engineering and investment calculations).

Implementation support

Ability to support implementation of new logistics concepts (70% of Groenewout revenue is with existing customers in follow-up/implementation projects.

Extensive knowledge

Extensive operational knowledge, hands-on, pragmatic and bottom-up approach.

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