At around 100,000 m², the warehouses of the Leen Bakker furniture store are located at the company headquarters in Raamsdonksveer in the southern Netherlands. Good transport links to the A27, the Utrecht-Breda motorway, make the locations perfect for speedy delivery by truck. A furniture volume of around 600,000 m³ leaves the warehouse each year, destined for over 170 branches in the Netherlands and Belgium.
The "Container" project began around nine months earlier. "Leen Bakker was looking for the ideal warehouse solution for order picking, and also for transport," says Paul van Zwieten, logistics manager at Leen Bakker. A four-month project phase between Leen Bakker and Wanzl followed. The result was a mobile container which is tailored exactly to the logistics needs and items sold by the Dutch company, both with regard to design and size. The Leen Bakker buyers travel the whole world to offer their customers
Customers can look at furniture in over 170 stores, feel and test fabric and leather upholstery themselves, and they can of course sit on sofas, chairs and beds if they want to. Once they have made a choice, the order is sent to the distribution centre. "We guarantee delivery of the requested furniture within two to three days."
"Development of the mobile containers was a joint effort between Leen Bakker and Wanzl. The quality and price was right. That's why the contract went to Wanzl."
PAUL VAN ZWIETEN, Logistics Manager Leen Bakker