Good first year for Talke with BASF’s DG warehouses

TALKE reports that its first twelve months at BASF’s Düsseldorf location have gone extremely well. Since October 2016, the logistics service provider has been safely, reliably and efficiently managing one of the chemical company’s largest hazardous materials warehouses. The contract for the Düsseldorf warehouse, signed for an initial term of five years, includes management and operation of the logistics site, which has a total storage capacity of approximately 70,000 pallets.

With a team of more than 100 people, TALKE is responsible for the handling of loaded pallets, the order picking of specific items for packages, and other value-added services such as the preparation of displays for retail and the scheduling and dispatch of goods. In addition, the specialist logistics provider has also taken charge of maintaining operational technical facilities in the complex, including both a fully automated racked warehouse and a conventional warehouse. Among the products stored are ingredients for cosmetics and personal care products, household and industrial detergents, and adhesives.

In its Lagerzentrum Ost (LZO, or “Warehouse Centre East”) in Düsseldorf’s Holthausen district, BASF stores manufactured and packaged goods destined for shipment to customers or to other locations of the chemical company around the world. A total of more than 200,000 tons of liquid or solid products leave the LZO every year, making the centre a core element of the logistics operations carried out at Holthausen. “High-quality and reliable logistics services are vital for the smooth running of deliveries to our customers,” explains Vincent Gueret, Senior Manager Warehouse at the Düsseldorf site of BASF Personal Care and Nutrition GmbH. “At the same time, the demands of the market as regards the quality and flexibility of logistics operations are constantly increasing. We are therefore all the happier that, in TALKE, we’ve found a highly effective logistics provider to support us with reliable and efficient services. What’s more, these services were seamlessly integrated into our processes right from the outset.”

TALKE secured the outsourcing contract in a competitive tender process. Its bid included taking on the entire operational and technical workforce on an existing collectively agreed pay scale. “This order from BASF again demonstrates the value of our strategy of supporting our chemical industry clients with a comprehensive range of services for the complete chemical supply chain,” says Dirk Emmerich, Managing Director of TALKE-Emmerich GmbH, which is handling the project. “It also shows that, as well as meeting standards, we can adapt flexibly and accurately to work even in highly specific situations.”