HOW DOES WORLD-FAMOUS MINERAL WATER REACH THE TABLE WITHOUT HARMING THE ENVIRONMENT? BY GETTING OFF THE ROAD.

Food Industry

An example of our trade logistics solutions.

The task
One of the world's largest food groups wants its world-famous mineral water products to reach customers' tables in a more environmentally-friendly manner. For this purpose it is necessary to put the entire logistics supply chain under the microscope, from the source in France to the food retail trade in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, analyse transfer processes and realise potential savings.

The logistics
TST designs the "Water Warehouse" in Worms, a handling centre based on the customer's requirements that fulfils all prerequisites for the product and reusable material cycle of various mineral water brands. The location has a railway siding, thus enabling shipments that were previously processed by road to be transferred by rail. A mechanical engineer assists in the logistics conception process. A new processing line is developed for the customer, using which the arriving containers are automatically unwrapped and individual bottles subsequently placed in reusable crates. The site has its own recycling area in which returned empty bottles are pressed into plastic balls and fed to a recycling plant. All procurement, warehousing, processing and distribution tasks are managed by TST.

The result
With the merging of different process steps at a single location, the customer is able to shift its transportation between the sources in France and the German logistics service provider from road to rail, thereby saving costs. From the "Water Warehouse" in Worms, beverage wholesalers, grocery shops and supermarkets all over Germany are supplied with world-famous mineral water brands. With 15,000 pallets transported in seven block trains every week, more than six million road kilometres, or over 8,500 lorry loads, are saved annually. The customer achieves its objective of reducing its CO2 emissions per litre of mineral water by 40%.