Henkel moves its retail operations to state-of-the-art DHL facilities


Henkel, the company behind big brands such as Schwarzkopf, has extended its partnership with DHL Supply Chain, which has seen the company relocate its retail operations to the new state-of-the-art facility in Manton Wood, North Nottinghamshire .

Henkel said it made the transition with DHL as part of its targeted growth strategy to create competitive advantage through innovation, sustainability and digitalization. Henkel works with DHL Supply Chain in EMEA, APAC and the Americas and is currently working on 59 digitization projects and 79 sustainability projects globally.

Tanja Gilb, Western Europe Supply Chain Manager at Henkel Beauty Care, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with DHL and are delighted that they have the infrastructure and services we need to move our business forward in line with our targeted growth. strategy. The Manton Wood site supports our plans to reduce carbon emissions from our supply chain and has the automation technology to ensure we can scale cost-effectively.

DHL will store an average of 7,500 pallets and handle shipping of approximately 140 million units/cases and 6,000 orders per year, across 300 SKUs.

The Manton Wood site incorporates an industry-leading Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) and advanced cranes designed to be 20% more energy efficient than standard. The automation will handle around 75% of the site’s overall volume, making it very effective at a time when skilled labor is extremely difficult to recruit. This will help DHL and Henkel meet the growing demand for logistics services in a competitive market.

Robotic process automation is widely used for inventory processes, again removing the need for co-workers to run repetitive reports or manually pull data from the system. This directly creates lists for automated picking, which takes stock of the co-packing area. Meanwhile, packaging robots improve productivity and use less material.

Additional automation plans will further enhance the Henkel operation, including robotic arms for pallet and product movement and AGVs to improve pallet picking safety. These deployments are planned later in 2022 and 2023.

The new site also includes rainwater harvesting, solar panels for water heating, and timed and motion-sensing LED lights. Its air conditioning system runs on water rather than gas, while extensive digital record keeping improves efficiency and saves paper. The site’s strategic location and DHL’s shared transportation network will also create a significant reduction in miles traveled and therefore carbon emissions.

In addition to the building’s environmental features, the site operates one of the UK’s first all-electric shunting vehicles, capable of recharging during shift changes for continuous operation.

Jim Hartshorne, MD Retail, Consumer and Ireland, DHL Supply Chain, added: “Henkel is a perfect fit for Manton Wood; it is a progressive company with big ambitions in terms of sustainability and digitization, which is precisely what this site was designed for. This facility is truly best in class in terms of environmental features and automation, so we are delighted to see such a valued customer benefiting from it.

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