Manufacturers of consumer goods focus on having a competitive price and paying attention to product development and implementation, whether this involves a rapidly consumed item like a fresh lettuce purchased in a supermarket or durable goods like a watch made by a production company.
Many upstream and downstream tasks can be transferred to a specialist services provider by means of a logistics partnership arrangement. This means that you have more room for manoeuvre to focus on your core business. Based on our huge range of services, we can enable you to successfully produce and distribute your goods so that they are ready for sale to final customers at retail outlets quickly, reliably and in an attractive form.
The all-round carefree package
Our IT systems not only support intelligent merchandise management processes ranging from procuring raw materials to supplying your trading partners, but also enable you to track your batch and its product life cycle along the complete logistics chain until it reaches the shelf. The Rhenus Group offers you an all-round carefree package: building displays, managing special offers, packaging services, piecing together items, labelling and naturally all the transport services that you require.
The types of products encountered under the heading of consumer goods are just as varied as the different requirements for storing and handling them. We will be happy to be your competent partner and offer you far-reaching opportunities in the field of warehousing, picking, consolidation etc. Regardless of whether this involves procurement, production or distribution logistics – we are happy to support you with our many years of expertise and offer you interesting solutions for specific products.
Even the best winemakers cannot make a top wine if the fresh must begins to ferment on the way to the winery. Our temperature-controlled transport services ensure that the cold chain for special products is maintained and the goods reach the next point in the production and supply process with the necessary quality.
Linking manufacturers with customers
Smart phones from a Chinese factory, cheese from the Swiss mountains, spirits from Russia – the range of consumer goods products is as international as the purchasers of these items. Using our global network of business centres and partners, we organise the intercontinental shipment of your goods, e.g. using maritime shipping services to optimise freight costs, and we use our inland waterway and seaport terminals and cross-docking warehouses to tranship them safely and quickly. As an alternative we also offer fast delivery by airfreight. Our international transport management solutions also include handling customs services for you.
The warehousing services provided at our multi-user centres require sound support for processing information and data. Permanent inventories of stocks, printing barcode labels or blocking a batch in line with your instructions received via the Internet do not pose a problem because of the IT applications that we use for warehouse management purposes. By creating software interfaces between manufacturers, retailers and logistics services providers, we can shape processes in a transparent way for all those involved.
We can handle the construction and filling of displays and form sets for you and your products, for example. But our responsibility for your goods does not end when we deliver them to retailers. We have the necessary personnel and equipment to provide precise disposal services at the central warehouses and stores where we deliver goods – and do this for all kinds of sales packaging or other types of waste containing materials that can be recycled.
Deliveries to people’s homes
We not only handle transport services for consumer goods to the front door of customers’ homes. Our specialist for home delivery, delivers items to homes, whether it is a washing machine or a new sofa, and this includes setting up the item so that it is ready for use. Purchasers of your products can rely on the expertise of our drivers and fitters – whether this involves assembling furniture properly or installing white and brown goods in the desired place. It goes without saying that we also take away old machines and packing materials.
Permanent access to documents possible
Rhenus Office Systems and its Internet-based document logistics open the door for you to have permanent access to your data. You can keep an eye on communications with your suppliers or retailers thanks to our solutions for digitalising your files. Naturally, we also offer data administration services in the physical realm too – for example, by destroying documents that are no longer needed or by taking over your mail room.