Lay-out study global distribution product

April 6, 2016 2389

DSM Nutritional Products is the world’s leading supplier of vitamins, carotenoids and other fine chemicals to the feed, food, pharmaceutical and personal care industries.

In Venlo, the Netherlands their global distribution centre (38.000m2) is situated; 51.000 pallets are stored.

Defining improvement opportunities in the lay-out of the warehouse, taking into account an expansion of their existing warehouse, growth expectations, integration of external storage and the presence of hazardous goods.

Groenewout conducted a feasibility study on the optimal warehousing concept.
The deliverable of a thorough analysis of the existing operation, was a basic data document. From this data, three alternatives, ranging in the extent of mechanization especially, were proposed. The preferred alternative included a narrow aisles racking configuration combined with space availability for block storage and a separated part of racking for order picking


  • Insight in improvement opportunities of existing operation
  • Having the optimal warehouse concept quantified
  • Reduction in annual operational costs
  • Overview of investments needed
  • Project plan for the implementation.
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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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