Innenansicht Logistk

General planning of a modern distribution centre with optimum automation.

Estée Lauder AG specialises in the distribution of specialist products for the travel retail business, and supplies approximately 4,500 articles to duty-free shops in more than 100 countries. To ensure its ability to deliver worldwide and allow for the flexible expansion of its storage capacity, the company commissioned the construction of a new distribution centre in the Swiss town of Lachen. On the basis of a feasibility study, as the general planner and contractor, IE Technology planned and implemented an efficiently designed industrial building with state-of-the-art order picking and high-bay warehouse technology.

Building contractor:
Estée Lauder AG, Lachen

Planning and implementation:
IE Technology

Operational and general planning of a distribution centre with state-of-the-art order picking and high-bay warehouse technology on the basis of a feasibility study, including the automation and digitalisation of processes

Planning and construction time:
1 year

Pallet spaces:

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The challenge.

The experts from IE Technology were commissioned with the development of an integral and multifunctional industrial construction concept. In addition to the efficient completion of the work, from the goods receipt, storage and order picking to the shipment, it was also necessary for the possibility to increase the warehouse capacity on a flexible basis without structural measures to be taken into account. Part of the implementation planning was the development of a new strategy for the automation of the flow of goods and the storage, so as to untangle these processes and make them considerably more efficient. Adding to the difficulties in this context was the necessity to comply with the international requirements of the group in the fields of architecture, safety and environmental compatibility.

The success factors.

In a record 52 weeks, the experts at IE Technology planned and implemented a brightly-lit and elegant distribution centre in the shape of an open customs warehouse. This is home to the incoming goods, the order picking and shipping departments, as well as technical facilities, the administration department and also a cafeteria. The heart of the new location is a high-bay warehouse more than 100 metres in length with enough space for some 12,800 pallets, which has been divided into four zones for optimum order picking and equipped with a specialist conveyor system. The quality of the order picking is further ensured by a two-stage weight control system. Thanks to the logistics strategies and efficient logistics infrastructure developed by IE Technology, it was possible for an additional volume of 30% to be handled within just one year.

1 year

from the feasibility study to the completion of the new distribution centre


pallet spaces and a total storage capacity of nine levels


increased volume thanks to optimum logistics strategies and efficient infrastructure


metre-long high-bay warehouse with the latest automation technology


zones and two-stage weight control for superior order picking quality


flexibly extendible storage capacity without the need for structural measures

“IE Technology developed and implemented a modern logistics centre in a record 52 weeks, which didn’t just allow us to optimise our worldwide delivery capability. Furthermore, the bright and elegant building is also a perfect reflection of the identity of our well-known company.”

Jürg Schreier,
Estée Lauder AG, Lachen

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