RS Components has officially opened the expansion of its distribution centre (DC) at Bad Hersfeld, Germany with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. It triples the number of products held in closer proximity to customers in Continental Europe to circa 500,000.

This reduces the company’s carbon footprint and ensures high service levels, with delivery reliability to match EU and global demands.

RS has made a significant investment over the past two years to create one of the company’s largest distribution centres in its global supply chain network.

It is fully automated and equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

At the official opening event, customers and suppliers were invited to see the highly automated stock processing capability and warehouse management system now installed at the site.

Environmental considerations have been a priority in this expansion project, and the facility is equipped with a 6000 m² solar powered system and a green (grass seeded) roof.

The distribution centre is equipped with an extensive computerised, multi-shuttle system, and a conveyor system of two kilometres in length. The system is capable of managing 300,000 storage trays that can be stored and retrieved at a rate of 9,000 trays per hour.

Situated in the heart of Europe, this leading-edge facility has been expanded by approximately 16,000 m² to create a storage area of around 37,000 m².

This allows additional space for a vastly increased product range and stock levels, benefitting suppliers and customers with improved service and delivery.

“While delivering major benefits across our supply chain both in EMEA and globally, the technological efficiencies and increased storage capacity we have created through this expansion are a true reflection of the organisation’s commitment to our ESG (environmental, social and governance) goal of advancing sustainability,” said Debbie Lentz, President of Global Supply Chain at Electrocomponents. “A BIG thank you goes to the project team and to all Bad Hersfeld employees for bringing this project to fruition, particularly when faced with the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19.”


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