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All change in fashion

All change in fashion logistics In recent years, the fashion industry has undergone a structural transformation. The traditional, European division of seasons into “spring/summer” and “autumn/ winter” continues to fade away, giving way to inter-season and special collections. Buyers are less inclined to make their way to stores; they prefer to buy their clothes online. As many as every eighth present under the Christmas tree is bought on the internet, with clothes and technology counting among the most popular items. For online and mail-order businesses, the fourth quarter around the Christmas period sees the highest sales of the year. Almost 30 percent of annual sales are generated in these three months. E-commerce is also stimulated by promotions on specific days, such as “Black Friday” and “Singles’ Day” as well as other discount events. At the same time, big data analytics used by retailers support this trend by creating offers and buying incentives individually tailored to the consumer. Total sales in e- commerce are rising rapidly, while the number of products per order is decreasing: the customer buys less but more often. This leads to an exponential increase in the number of deliveries in the online and mail-order sector. In 2016, the volume of parcels delivered in Germany rose to almost 2.5 billion packages. WAREHOUSING WORLD OF INDUSTRIES – INTRALOGISTICS & DISTRIBUTION 5/2017

INTRALOGISTICS & DISTRIBUTION Publisher: Dipl.-Ing. Reiner Wesselowski (We) Email: Editor-in-chief: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Winfried Bauer (WB), Email: Editorial board: Dipl.-Medienwirtin (FH) Marie Krueger (MK), Holger Seybold (Sey) Svenja Stenner (SST) Dipl.-Ing. Manfred Weber (MW) Assistant editor: Svenja Stenner Design/layout: Sonja Schirmer, Doris Buchenau, Anette Fröder, Mario Wüst Epaper designer: Katja Rüdell, Mathias Göbel Managing editor: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Winfried Bauer Publishing house: Vereinigte Fachverlage GmbH Lise-Meitner-Str. 2, 55129 Mainz, Germany Commercial Register No.: HRB 2270, District Court of Mainz VAT-ID: DE149063659 Managing director: Dr. Olaf Theisen Publishing director: Dr. Michael Werner, Email: Correspondent India: Sushen Haresh Doshi M.Sc. 01 The Cuby one-level shuttle system is a solution with a flexible design, in terms of capacity and performance − for high availability and energy efficiency with attractive costs The trend towards ever-smaller units with higher dynamics and complexity has a pronounced effect on the logistics processes involved. As a result of the enormous growth in – and the increasing relevance of – e-commerce, retailers are taking logistics into their own hands again. Up to now, they preferred to outsource these tasks to external suppliers. Ultimately, online and offline sales channels and stocks are no longer maintained in parallel, but instead in a combined manner. Furthermore, both stores and end customers are supplied with goods from one logistics center. In addition to this, an efficient returns management system is essential: returned goods need to be available for purchase again as quickly as possible. The return rate in the sector averages 40 to 50 percent. Another trend is the customer’s expectation to receive their delivery within one to two days. Some large online shops are already offering same-day delivery and delivery slots at times that suit the customer. This means the order must be processed just as quickly in the logistics center in order to be able to dispatch late orders after 4 pm on the same day. An extensive portfolio of solutions E-commerce and the resulting increasingly high dynamics in the internal material flow have changed the logistics structures and present intralogistics providers with new challenges. SSI Schaefer offers customers in the fashion industry products and solutions tailored to their individual needs with the optimum degree of automation. Their highly scalable system solutions ensure quick, efficient and flexible processes for internal transport, storage and picking to improve productivity, transparency and ergonomics. The Cuby one-level shuttle system (Image 01) is a solution with a flexible design, in terms of capacity and performance, for storing flat goods in bins or cartons weighing up to 35 kg. SSI Schaefer Advertising sales director: Beatrice Thomas-Meyer Email: Advertising sales manager: Andreas Zepig, Email: Oliver Jennen, Email: Advertising representatives: Austria Heinz-Joachim Greiner Email: China, India Andreas Zepig, Email: France Marc Jouanny, Email: Great Britain, Ireland Roberto Tondina, Email: Italy, Switzerland Hermann Jordi, Email: Sweden, Finland, Norway Malte Mezger Email: USA, Canada Bill Fox, Email: Advertising Disposition: Annemarie Benthin, Email: In cooperation with: Hannover Fairs International GmbH Messegelände, 30521 Hannover, Germany VDMA – German Engineering Federation Trade Association Materials Handling and Intralogistics Lyoner Straße 18, 60528 Frankfurt, Germany Additional Partner: Moskauer Deutsche Zeitung Internet: 9 th year (2017)